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Demons (1985)

Dèmoni (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 30 May 1986 (USA)
A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons.

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Natasha Hovey ...
Karl Zinny ...
Ken
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Hannah
Paola Cozzo ...
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Carmen
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Stelio Candelli ...
Nicole Tessier ...
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Rosemary (as Geretta Giancarlo)
Bobby Rhodes ...
Guido Baldi ...
Tommy
Bettina Ciampolini ...
Nina
Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano ...
Hot Dog (as Giuseppe Cruciano)
Sally Day ...
Liz
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Storyline

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

Tony the Pimp: Come on grab her legs and help me throw her over the stall! Come on what you waiting for?
George: I won't give you a hand! Christ she's dead... Leave her alone!
Tony the Pimp: You ain't worth shit! How do you know she's really dead?
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Referenced in Demons 2 (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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AN EXECELLENT INTRO INTO THE WORLD OF EURO-SPLATTER FILMS
26 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

this is a fun, gory euro-horror film.

i'm a big fan of argento and the main reason this film and demons 2 work so well is because it is decidedly tame as far as story line is concerned.

very simple, people go to a screening of a film, and all gory hell breaks loose- 'nuff said.

i've been enthralled by almost everything dario argento has made, with the exception of "phantom of the opera" (with julian sands) and the one about bugs (i can't remember the title off-hand...). argento usually uses complex story lines along with gore to make his films work (which they often do in films like suspiria, tenebrae, opera, etc...). but this film is just balls-out blood and guts.

9/10 - great euro-gore


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