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Demons -- A group of people are trapped in a large West Berlin movie theater infected by ravenous demons whom proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one thereby multiplying their numbers.

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Director:
Writers:
Dardano Sacchetti (original story)
Dario Argento (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
30 May 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"That'll teach you to touch stuff!" See more (165 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Urbano Barberini ... George
Natasha Hovey ... Cheryl
Karl Zinny ... Ken
Fiore Argento ... Hannah
Paola Cozzo ... Kathy

Fabiola Toledo ... Carmen
Nicoletta Elmi ... Ingrid, the usherette

Stelio Candelli ... Frank
Nicole Tessier ... Ruth

Geretta Geretta ... Rosemary (as Geretta Giancarlo)
Bobby Rhodes ... Tony
Guido Baldi ... Tommy
Bettina Ciampolini ... Nina
Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano ... Hot Dog (as Giuseppe Cruciano)
Sally Day ... Liz

Eliana Miglio ... Edith, woman in tent (Horror Film) (as Eliana Hoppe)
Jasmine Maimone ... Nancy (Horror Film)
Marcello Modugno ... Bob (Horror Film)
Peter Pitsch ... Baby Pig
Lino Salemme ... Ripper (as Pasqualino Salemme)
Enrica Maria Scrivano ... Blonde Victim
Alex Serra ... Werner
Michele Soavi ... Man in Black / Jerry (Horror Film)
Claudio Spadaro ... Liz's lover
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sami Habib Ahmed ... Kathy's baby demon (uncredited)

Lamberto Bava ... 1st Man exiting subway (uncredited)
Victor Beard ... Tony (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Paolo Corazzi ... Policeman (uncredited)
Giovanni Frezza ... Kirk (uncredited)
Claudio Insegno ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sergio Stivaletti ... Victim (uncredited)
Goffredo Unger ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
Emanuela Zicosky ... June (uncredited)

Directed by
Lamberto Bava 
 
Writing credits
Dardano Sacchetti (original story)

Dario Argento (screenplay) &
Lamberto Bava (screenplay) &
Dardano Sacchetti (screenplay) &
Franco Ferrini (screenplay)

Produced by
Dario Argento .... producer
 
Original Music by
Claudio Simonetti 
 
Cinematography by
Gianlorenzo Battaglia (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Piero Bozza 
Franco Fraticelli (supervising film editor)
 
Production Design by
Davide Bassan 
 
Costume Design by
Marina Malavasi 
Patrizia Massaia 
 
Makeup Department
Sami Habib Ahmed .... special makeup assistant
Giacinto Bretti .... makeup assistant
Teodora Bruno .... supervising hairdresser
Barbara Morosetti .... special makeup assistant
Rosario Prestopino .... makeup artist
Rosario Prestopino .... special makeup effects
Sergio Stivaletti .... special makeup creations
 
Production Management
Guido De Laurentiis .... unit manager
Eros Lafranconi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michele Soavi .... assistant director
Fabrizio Bava .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Maurizio Jacopelli .... prop master
Livia Pascucci .... assistant set dresser
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... dubbing editor
Angelo Amatulli .... boom operator (as Angelo Amattulli)
Raffaele De Luca .... sound mixer
Romano Pampaloni .... re-recording engineer
Federico Savina .... sound consultant: Dolby
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Angelo Mattei .... special construction models
Danilo Bollettini .... special effects (uncredited)
Claudio Quaglietti .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Sergio Stivaletti .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Aldo Mafera .... titles & opticals
 
Stunts
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua .... stunts (uncredited)
Claudio Pacifico .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer: action stills (as Franco Bellomo)
Gianfranco Caira .... still photographer: action stills
Daniele Cimini .... assistant cameraman
Enzo Frattari .... assistant cameraman
Federico Martucci .... assistant cameraman
Claudio Nannuzzi .... assistant cameraman
Franco Serantoni .... key grip
Cristo Verrillo .... gaffer
Paolo Tiberti .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carla Latini .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Fabrizio Fraticelli .... second assistant editor
Sergio Fraticelli .... second assistant editor
Roberto Priori .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Accept .... composer: additional music
The Adventures .... composer: additional music
Billy Idol .... composer: additional music
Pretty Maids .... composer: additional music
Mötley Crüe .... composer: additional music (as Motley Crue)
Saxon .... composer: additional music
Rick Springfield .... composer: additional music
Go West .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Dario Argento .... presenter
Ferdinando Caputo .... production accountant
Fabrizio Diaz .... production secretary
Rita Friggeri .... production secretary
Enrico Lucherini .... unit publicist
Renato Rinaldo .... paymaster
Daniela Tonti .... script continuity
Francesco Prando .... voice dubbing: Urbano Barberini (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dèmoni" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
88 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (Europe) | Mono (US version)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The building used for the exteriors of the Metropol theater still stands in Berlin. It's a club called Goya that's been host to several horror conventions thanks to its appearance in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just after the young boy shoots demonic Cheryl, the jeep begins to drive away into the dawn. One shot later, it is pitch dark -- no morning light is apparent.See more »
Quotes:
Tony the Pimp:They won't get me, that's for sure.See more »
Movie Connections:
References AC/DC: Let There Be Rock (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Save Our SoulsSee more »

FAQ

What is the Metropol?
How many different versions exist in the UK of this movie?
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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
"That'll teach you to touch stuff!", 9 June 2006
Author: MrGrundle from Skag Heaven

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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