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The Demon (1981)

 -  Horror  -  1 March 1981 (USA)
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Random people are terrorized by a malevolent man who brings their worst fears to life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Holmes ...
Col. Bill Carson
Craig Gardner ...
Dean Turner
Zoli Marki ...
Jo (as Zoli Markey)
Peter J. Elliott ...
Mr. Parker
Moira Winslow ...
Joan Parker
Mark Tanous ...
Diane Burmeister
George Korelin ...
Dr, Stuart
Vera Blacker ...
Mrs. Stuart
Ashleigh Sendin ...
Emily Parker
John Parsonson ...
The Truck Driver
Graham Kennard
April Galetti
Jannie Wienand


Similiar to HALLOWEEN and BLACK CHRISTMAS (which no doubt influenced the writer/director) this film deals with a series of bizarre murders and the unexplained stalking of the main characters by an unidentified man with no apparent motives. Written by Mike Justice <>

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The time of the Demon, your Demon, is drawing close... very close...[video cover] See more »




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1 March 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Midnight Caller  »

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Throughout the entire movie, the killer's mask appears and disappears between shots. See more »


Joan Parker: Did your extrasensory perception prepare you for this?
[shoots Carson in the head]
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References The Amityville Horror (1979) See more »


Performed by Lipps, Inc.
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Terrible direction, lousy acting, grainy picture—and yet surprisingly fun.
30 October 2011 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

While ex-marine turned psychic Bill Carson investigates the abduction and murder of a 14-year old girl, the hulking maniac responsible is busy stalking his next victims, gorgeous 18-year old brunette Jo (Zoli Markey) and her pretty blonde cousin, nursery teacher Mary (Jennifer Holmes).

I understand how this film has garnered so many negative reviews—it's cheap-looking, virtually gore-less, way too dark in places, way too slow in others, features far too many inexplicable shots of the ocean crashing over rocks, and stars Cameron Mitchell—not the sort of thing that would appeal to most sane viewers.

I, on the other hand, found it to be fun, partly because I've been watching a lot of cruddy horror this October and my tolerance for crap is probably at an all time high, and partly because I like the fact that the film is unpredictable and the true nature of the killer is kept a mystery (we never find out why he wears clawed gloves, yet kills using the old 'polythene bag on the head' trick).

Mostly though, I enjoyed the film because the killer's latest intended victims are a couple of hotties who have no qualms about showing some skin: Jo strips off and slips into stockings and suspenders to treat lucky boyfriend Dean (Craig Gardner), giving the viewer an eyeful as she does so, and, during the tense finale, Mary abandons her dressing gown to fool the 'demon' and makes a run for it wearing nothing but a silky pair of knickers.

Given the undeservedly poor ratings it's received so far, I'm going to be generous and award The Demon a probably-higher-than-it-really-deserves score of 6.5 out of 10 (rounded up to 7 for IMDb).

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