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Demons (1985)

Dèmoni (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 30 May 1986 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Natasha Hovey ...
Cheryl
Karl Zinny ...
Ken
Fiore Argento ...
Hannah
Paola Cozzo ...
Kathy
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Carmen
Nicoletta Elmi ...
Ingrid, the usherette
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Frank
Nicole Tessier ...
Ruth
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Rosemary (as Geretta Giancarlo)
Bobby Rhodes ...
Tony
Guido Baldi ...
Tommy
Bettina Ciampolini ...
Nina
Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano ...
Hot Dog (as Giuseppe Cruciano)
Sally Day ...
Liz
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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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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A poster for 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971) is visible in the lobby of the theatre: it's the title of writer/producer Dario Argento's third film. See more »

Goofs

When the helicopter first crashes through the ceiling into the cinema, the casing around the base of the rotor blades is missing or broken off, but in the very next shot it is in place and intact. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl: I don't know how to explain it, but it's the movie that's making this happen!
Tony the Pimp: She's right. She put on that mask and scratched herself, get it? Because of that scratch, she became a demon. An instrument of evil, like they said in the damn movie, you heard it. We got to stop it I tell you, we got to stop the movie!
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Connections

Featured in Stephen King's World of Horror (1986) See more »

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In The Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)
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Written by Edvard Grieg
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"That'll teach you to touch stuff!"
9 June 2006 | by (Skag Heaven) – See all my reviews

WOW! The above quote is what the pimp says to his 'ho after she cuts her face on a mask. A prescient utterance indeed!

With a pounding heavy metal score accented by a phenomenal opening track from Dario Argento's band Goblin, DEMONS grips from the onset and never stops, despite a paper- thin plot that appears as if the filmmakers made it up as they went along. As far as campy genre films go, this one is near the top. I don't consider this a B-movie however, as the production is smooth if not polished and the special effects are very well done. Some of the dubbing is atrocious and the acting is way over the top, but the characters are rich and well cast, and this colorful feature has entertained me greatly many a late night.

The capricious nature of this film and its absence of levity call to mind the lighthearted works of John Carpenter (the throbbing keyboard of the aforementioned title track borrows Carpenter's trademark sound). Carpenter also introduces complex characters with little or no background information or explanation: Stevie Wayne, Adrienne Barbeau's character in THE FOG, obviously has a marked past but the only allusions to such are glances at old newspaper clippings and her deadpan utterance "It's nothing but water Stevie, but it sure beats Chicago." The delivery and structure of the dialog here possesses similar elan: the filmmakers seem to embrace that their work is fiction, celebrating the comical and inane. Characters are killed off with reckless abandon without sentimental moments or glib last words...In this type of film it's not about how long you live, but how well you die!

This lack of pretension creates a freedom to enjoy without conceit, appreciable by viewer as well as production staff. This is integral to the success of many genre films that must compensate for light substance with abundances of style. DEMONS carves its niche in my heart largely with 80's pop culture and stereotypes. The actors here play caricatures more than real human roles. Halfway through the film we see coked up punks cruising Berlin in stolen cars. What needs to be said about them that isn't readily seen? They're all demon fodder anyway, right?

8/10* Terrifically entertaining! Best watched late at night.


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