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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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Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Demons  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

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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 »


After the demon falls on Hannah from the balcony he pukes slime all over her but in the next scene her clothes are clean. See more »


Nina: [cocaine is everywhere] Huh! This stuff's everyere! It's even in my panties.
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Baby Pig: [to Nina] Here. Let me help you.
[Baby Pig slowly collects it with razor slowly, then accidently cuts Nina's chest]
Nina: Ow! You're a prick, Piggy.
Baby Pig: Must be all the shit in the air that's making you so nice.
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Performed by Claudio Simonetti
( Universo Film / RCA )
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Argento fun!!!
16 July 2004 | by (winnipeg, mb, canada) – See all my reviews

Michele Soavi as the man with the half human half metal face!!! Fun times. The plot is filled with holes, like why do some people take so long to turn when others it takes seconds, and what was up with thee usherette being so menacing..she did squat. Over 30 or so people get trapped inside a really creepy theater after they are all given free movie tickets. When a very annoying prostitute puts on a demonic mask on display in the lobby, within fifteen minutes later she has pus bubbles exploding from her face, and is attacking her other prostitute friends. One by one people are transformed, as gory as any italian horror movie can get. The direction is actually really good and Lamberto Bava goes all out on colors and angles (which horror italian director doesn't)and the soundtrack goes well with the eighties look. I also really had fun times with the 4 punks snorting coke outside the theatre, but they really added nothing to the plot and at times just seem to be there to fill time, without a doubt though the gore is the highlight of this flick. Throats getting ripped open, scalps getting teared off, puke and pus splatter continuously,a huge tongue sliding out one of the demons mouth, demons getting hacked with a sword, the most gruesome scene is definitely the blind man getting his empty eye sockets gouged out..HARSH. The characters are so hard to tell apart and we don't evn see some of the patrons faces. I don't remember any characters really except the coolest "pimp" Tony, the sexy usherette, the four punks and the "GEORGE" character (mainly only cause i recognized him from OPERA), but this movie obviously isn't meant for character development.

So all in all I give Demons **1/2 out of **** It's really cool, but only worth watching for cool visuals, soundtrack, and gore.

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