Thursday, July 11, 2013

Demons (1985)

Director: Lamberto Bava

Starring: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny Fiore Argento, Paola Cozzo, Fabiola Toledo, Nicoletta Elmi

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs.

Plot: A group of people are trapped in a large movie theater in West Berlin that is infected by ravenous demons who proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

#115 on Drive-In Delirium Volume 2 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

Let's face it, a lot of Italian horror movies of the 80s look cheap and cheesy.  You're rarely going to find an amazing story, clever dialogue or quality acting.  But they are likely to deliver the gore goods more often and not and this one brings it in spades!

I can do that.

The first half hour has a clever setup going between the patrons of the theater arriving, seating and watching the movie with the movie itself.  At first I thought maybe the on screen movie was padding, as if it were extra footage from another movie cheaply used to fill time in this one.  But after a half hour that's no longer the case and the in-movie film makes a lot more sense.  The shit hits the fan in a big way and the demons/zombies are released into the theater in which everyone is trapped.

One thing that's worth pointing out is how great the effect is of when a person becomes a demon, their teeth are pushed out by the incoming fangs.  They pull this off a few times and it's impressive each time.

From this point on it's ON and every dollar spent is on the screen with the gore effects.  There's a shitload of blood, guts and everything in between and it barely lets up until the end.  This is one of those pictures you'll want to throw on with your friends.  The last 2/3 of the movie is fast paced, bloody as hell and fun.  I'm looking forward to seeing this one with a crowd.  The sequel's not too shabby, either.

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