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Demons at the Door (2004)

In a land plagued by war, the greatest battle humankind has ever known is about to be fought. In what is now the Middle East, a section of desert that was deemed cursed, is home to the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Richard Benedetto ...
Leslie Brockett ...
Annie Scara
Sean'e La'Dae ...
Rudy Ray Jackson
Bob Cicherillo ...
Angelo Benedetto ...
Dr. Angelo Scara
Aristide Sumatra ...
Monkey Demon
Hell's Minion (as Chris 'The Killer' Whitehair)
Jed Haigh ...
Tony Spencer
Morris Everett ...
Main Demon
Todd Rex ...
Shower Demon
Sindee Williams ...
Missy Demon
Richard Elias ...
Headless Dr. Scara
Todd Waters ...
Portal Demon
Tish Knyrim ...
Richard Sankey ...
Demon Voices (voice)


In a land plagued by war, the greatest battle humankind has ever known is about to be fought. In what is now the Middle East, a section of desert that was deemed cursed, is home to the greatest archaeological find of all time; "The Wall of Tartarus" an ancient temple which predates all known civilizations. This temple holds a very deadly secret. It is the doorway to Hell. This is where the fate of mankind will be decided. The Hades bunker houses a group of archaeologists led by the world-renowned Dr. Angelo Scara, his daughter Annie and Dr. Tony Spencer who have unknowingly brought the catalyst for the fall of Heaven and Earth into play. They possess the "Eye of Satan" a frightening amulet that has an incredible power. This amulet can give Satan and his minions the ability to roam the realms between Heaven and Earth freely. Satan has declared war on the human race. The battle lines are drawn and the final battle for the survival of the mankind depends on the courage and faith of five ... Written by Patrick A. Tantalo

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When Demons are at the Door, you have to let em' in... Let em' in and kill em!


Action | Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language including sexual references, violence and some nudity


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Release Date:

7 December 2004 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Demonic Digital Dreck
7 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

In general, I think the digital revolution is a good thing. Somewhere in the world, the next Sam Raimi is creating a horror masterpiece using just a digital movie camera, a home computer and a copy of Final Cut Pro. Hopefully very soon, someone is going to reinvigorate indie horror on a small budget and I can't wait to see it.

This is not that movie.

You know you're in trouble from the first frame of this movie. There's some kind of ridiculous voice over about angels that plays over some really terrible CG shots of the Earth from space and some kind of comet. Then, it cuts to a shot of two archaeologists working on some kind of dig. Apparently they have discovered some kind of ancient door, which they are brushing clean of sand. Take a stock shot of the desert and superimpose a picture of two people with paint brushes in the lower left corner. That's the way this shot looks.

Reading one of the other comments, I was led to believe that the lead "actor", Richard Benedetto, is some kind of established comedian. If I were Richard, I wouldn't quit my day job. Physically, he's a low rent combination of Lou Ferrrigno and Frank Stallone. His acting is the only horrifying part of this whole movie. I'm also not buying the idea that this was meant to be funny. The movie only sways into an absurd comedy in the last half hour. I think someone probably watched the first hour and realized that it wasn't working as a horror movie, so they rewrote the ending to make it into a screwball comedy thing.

The effects are obviously done on a home computer, but not anything that was made before 1979. These look like they were done on an Atari 800. These effects are worse than anything you'll see on a third graders flash animation site. The lighting is horrible. It's as if they couldn't afford a light bulb over 40 watts or they didn't know how to open up the aperture on the camera. They tried to fix this in post by blasting the image with as much light as possible, which just makes it grainy. There are shots in the movie that are so grainy that you'd swear there was sand in your TV screen.

Clearly, the writer and director were influenced by Sam Raimi, but they also seem to love the lowbrow comedy of Trey Parker. Their attempt to create a movie that combines South Park and Evil Dead is a questionable goal to begin with... the result is worse than you can imagine.

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