Demons (1985)
"Dèmoni" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  30 May 1986 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Hovey ...
Karl Zinny ...
Fiore Argento ...
Paola Cozzo ...
Nicoletta Elmi ...
Ingrid, the usherette
Nicole Tessier ...
Rosemary (as Geretta Giancarlo)
Bobby Rhodes ...
Guido Baldi ...
Bettina Ciampolini ...
Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano ...
Hot Dog (as Giuseppe Cruciano)
Sally Day ...


Art imitating art is the basis of this demonic tale of a group of invited guests who are granted a free lunch in the form of a screening of a horror film that brings naturalism to life. Baited and penned in, this walled-in feeling quickly turns to screams and fear as those who are dead lust after the flesh of those living. The free lunch has turned full circle in the cinema of hell and it is only a question of time before the demons from the abyss are asking for second portions. Written by Cinema_Fan

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They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs. See more »




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30 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Demons  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

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29 December 2002 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

For an 80s gore-fest, you couldn't want anything more. This is another one of those "kitchen sink" movies that's in the same vein as "From Dusk Till Dawn". Put the same scenario in a movie house, back in the 80s, substitute the vampires with demons, and you pretty much get the picture. You can definitely see the influence here. With that said, if you liked "From Dusk.." and don't mind dubbing, then you should be right at home with "Demons".

There isn't a whole lot there in the way of plot. Some random folks are invited to a screening in an old movie theater. As the movie that they are viewing gets more and more violent, real life starts to imitate art and pretty soon, they discover that they are locked inside and what we're watching becomes a survival flick. That's pretty much it.

As far as gore, there is PLENTY of the red stuff with enough eye-gouging, throat ripping, and blood spurting to satisfy even the most ravenous gore hound. To say much more would give away a lot of the surprises, but it's well worth a rental. Check it out.

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