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Demonium (2001)

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An elderly man is murdered in his lavish Italian castle. When his friends and family arrive there for the reading of his will, the murderer has plans to continue his gory killing spree.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Bruschi ...
Rasmus Bentley
Claudia Abbate ...
Maria
Giuliano Polgar ...
Felix Baumann
Emilia Marra ...
Sabine Noak
Maurizia Grossi ...
Nina Moor
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Anton Marquardt
Erika Manni ...
Helena
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Viktor Plushnikov
Chiara Pavoni ...
Violetta
Charlotte Roche ...
Diana Sammer
Giuseppe Oppedisano ...
Arnold Berger
Michele Roselli ...
The Freak
David Bracci ...
Sabine's Husband
Florinda Vicari ...
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Antonio Catalano ...
Businessman #1
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Rasmus Bentley and his lover, Maria, are quickly climbing the ladder of success. One afternoon, after the closure of a deal which will secure their lives together forever, a terrible turn of events occurs. One year earlier, an eccentric scientist is brutally murdered in his sprawling ancient castle. His notary, Rasmus, calls together the man's heirs listed in his will, but as they all gather at the castle, they fail to realize that the murderer is still haunting the ancient halls. One by one, the group is methodically hunted down by the lunatic, whose vicious bloodbath is far from complete... The fates of Rasmus and Maria have been foretold, but how did this madness begin? Written by Anonymous

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25 August 2001 (UK)  »

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Although an English language film, actor Joe Zaso and screenwriter Ted Geoghegan were the only two native English speakers involved in the film's principal production. All other cast and crew were German or Italian, and a German/Italian/English translator was on-set at all times. See more »

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Viktor Plushnikov: I should be fine until tomorrow. One night shouldn't kill me.
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An Italian cast brutally murder the English Language.
27 December 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Having first achieved success with productions filmed in their native tongue, the next logical step for many foreign directors is to try and break the international market with an English speaking movie; for crappy cult German horror director Andreas Schnaas, whose amateurish splatter pics are unlikely to ever receive praise from the masses, this might have meant a very long wait. Rather than waste time honing his skills and mastering his art, Schnaas has ploughed on as he is, somehow raising a slightly bigger budget than usual for Demonium, his seventh directorial effort and the first to be shot entirely in English.

Well, something approximating English, anyway...

Inexplicably, Demonium features a predominantly Italian cast whose command of the English language can only be described as basic. With the actors mangling nearly all of their lines, and Schnaas' usual inability to tell a decent story (what is it with those annoying, flickery, sepia-toned flashbacks?), the film quickly becomes an incomprehensible mess which is only just made bearable thanks to some pretty gory death scenes and a little nudity (although even these elements seem to have been toned down slightly by the director in a misguided attempt at broadening the film's appeal).

Taking its basic premise from the Agatha Christie classic 'Ten Little Indians', the film sees a group of people gathered together at a creepy castle for the reading of a rich scientist's will; here they are told they must remain for three days before they can qualify for their inheritance. No prizes for guessing that not all of them survive to collect. One by one, the beneficiaries suffer gruesome fates (an exploding chest, a chainsaw attack, a pitchfork in the throat, etc.,) at the hands of the will's executor, Rasmus, and his lover Maria, who hope to claim the scientist's last discovery—a wonder drug that can cure all ills—all for themselves.

Despite plenty of the red stuff, even the most dedicated of gore-hounds might find Demonium's poorly structured narrative and excruciatingly bad acting too much to handle.

***Minor point of interest: Italian horror make-up maestro Sergio Stivaletti supplies the film with a very brief CGI sequence. It is rubbish!***


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