Demons is cited on the commentary that accompanies this DVD as being one of the most important Italian horror films of the 80's, and indeed it is. Bypassing (partially) the flabby, overcooked acting, unevenly distributed action and horrendous scores of many a Euro-horror, Demons goes straight for the jugular, eyeballs, guts and groin tipping it's hat fairly and squarely to the work of George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) and Sam Raimi (the Evil Dead). This film is certainly one of the best paced non-American horror flicks of the decade and contains a level of lovingly crafted, sickeningly visceral gore which just wouldn't happen these days. I shan't give away much of the 'plot', which has more more holes in it than a machine gunned Swiss cheese, but suffice to say a bunch of sleazy looking European types (I have a major thing for the second prostitute who gets it!) from all walks of life end up holed up in an ominous Cinema being preyed upon by the 'zombie substitute' demons. The gore is plentiful and as I mentioned sick. Just check out the first transformation, the teeth being knocked out to make way for fangs, the grotesque through the back 'birthing' and the eye gouging. For a European film the acting isn't actually too bad and the set is very effective. This film of course has bad points. Loads of them, but as is sometimes the case with these trashy horrors, the bad bits are so bad that they end up enhancing the enjoyment of the picture as you laugh at them. In this particular picture I refer to the outrageous pimp, the hammy usherette, the totally stupid coke snorting punks (snorting coke out of a coke can!) and best of all the continuity disregarding finale that shows the entire country overrun with Demons some 2-3 hours after the inital encounter! As one of the last survivors saviours remarks: 'Perhaps we can't find somewhere where we can start again.' Classic garbage and even the involvement of the terminally abysmal Dario Argento couldn't ruin the fun of this film. Add to this toxic cocktail an interesting commentary with the director and a soundtrack featuring Billy Idol, Saxon and the immensely underrated 'Fast as a Shark' by Accept and you have a total winner. I love it.
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