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Demons (1985)
"Dèmoni" (original title)

 -  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

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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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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Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Demons  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A poster for Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) is visible in the lobby of the theatre: it's the title of writer/producer Dario Argento's third film. See more »

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Moviegoers find out that they can't leave the cinema - there is no way out. But when Metropol is shown from outdoors, we can see lightened rooms through the windows. Were characters too dumb to jump out from the windows or to take down using the rope? 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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Walking On The Edge
Written and performed by Rick Springfield
Courtesy of RCA records
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AN EXECELLENT INTRO INTO THE WORLD OF EURO-SPLATTER FILMS
26 September 2003 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – 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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