Thursday, May 14, 2009

Night of the Demons (1988)

Night of the Demons is one of the films that completely embodies 80s horror. From the cheesy jokes and dialogue to the frantic, fast-paced electronic score, the film screams big hair bands and legwarmers. Kevin Tenney implores terrifying make-up, excellent lighting and set design, and a combination of high and low angles along with both fast and slow motion to create a heightened level of fear and tension throughout the entire second half of the film. The plot is derivative of many haunted house films from the past, but the film differentiates itself by giving the characters a young, modern appeal and making the monsters more menacing than ever before. What the film lacks in acting and originality, it more than makes up for in fun and entertainment, making this a must-see 80s flick for all horror fans!

Rating: 8/10.



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5 comments:

  1. Yeah, this flick is a blast. I have an old oversized VHS of this two, but couldn't resist picking up the Anchor Bay dvd. The scenes of Linnea Quigley naked are classic, but one of my favorite moments is when Angela dances to Bauhaus, one of my favorite musical moments from 80's horror!

    Who knows what the remake will turn out like, but their heart seems to be in the right place. If you aint seen it, check out The Convent by Mike Mendez, it feels like Night of the Demons was it's major influence, and it's a good bit of fun too!

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  2. I love this freakin' movie! I love everything from Linnea sticking the lipstick tube into her titty to the razor blades coming out of the old man's neck at the end after he eats the apple pie. It's pretty damn flawless, in my book.

    Johnny, I always sing the praises of The Convent. The goth kids in that movie are a scream. Both of these flicks never take themselves too seriously, but still wind up being somewhat frightening, as well as hilarious. Too bad Mendez' The Gravedancers didn't live up to The Convent.

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  3. Hey Jenn, glad you dug The Convent too, but I actually quite liked gravedancers! it was an odd mix though, the comedy and horror didn't quite work hand in hand.

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  4. Most excellent, The Convent added along with Boxers Omen to the trusty wishlist!

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  5. I frickin' love this film. I actually own the Anchor Bay DVD, which is awesome. I remember watching this as a kid in the late 80s and being mystified by lipstick, wondering if it could go through skin like that. And that Angela dance is incredible. I really enjoy this film and I hope the remake is decent. NIGHT OF THE DEMONS just proves that horror films like this are a dime a dozen during modern times.

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