Demons (1985)

Lamberto Bava had already met prior success with both MACABRE and his underrated Giallo A BLADE IN THE DARK in the early 80's, but he will always be remembered for his bloody gore opus DEMONS more than anything else. Fueled by grotesque make-up, shocking special effects, and a super-charged soundtrack by Italian rockers Goblin, DEMONS is a fast-paced thrill ride that is jam-packed with flesh-eating ghouls and mindless madness! The demons are unleashed upon an unsuspecting theater audience when the events occurring on-screen bleed into reality and possess the movie-goers. Much of the film's success can be attributed to Sergio Stivaletti's terrifying monster designs, which come complete with glowing yellow eyes, razor-sharp claws and fangs, and festering boils. As if the creatures were not enough, DEMONS also offers tons of gooey splatter effects, drowning the theater floor in popcorn, blood, and guts. With Italian master Dario Argento on hand to oversee the production and Bava behind the camera, DEMONS proves to be much more than just another exploitative gore shocker. It is shot with an intelligent structure and composition to maximize the scares, and while it may be light on character and dialog, the people appearing on screen are always entertaining and never incompetent. DEMONS is a top-rate gore film that is still just as frightening as it was during its initial release!

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 9/10.
Entertainment: 10/10.

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  1. I could use a little gorefest. Sounds great.
    Happy Halloween dude!

  2. I dont know if you've ever seen a film called 'Anguish' Carl? - a very self-reflexive film which borrowed the film within a film motif from 'Demons'. I like this first intalment (never had much time for the sequel) and especially the soundtrack. I think Lamberto's best film though was 'A Blade in the Dark', though this isnt far off.

  3. Thanks for the Halloween wishes you badass mofos! TS - this is staple 80s Horror, get in on that action!

    Shaun, I almost owned it, but the order got canceled, so it is back on the wishlist. Ive been wanting to see it for years though! I'll be going through Demons 2 and 3 shortly, then maybe touching on the 3-4 other 'Demons 3' titles out there in The Church, Black Demons, etc. I am a HUGE fan of A Blade in the Dark, one of my personal favorites though it is criminally overlooked.

  4. Nothing will convince me that Lamberto Bava actually "directed" this film. It is clearly the work of Dario Argento -- all the way.