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The Demon (1979)

R | | Horror | 1985 (USA)
Random people are terrorized by a malevolent man who brings their worst fears to life.

Director:

Percival Rubens

Writer:

Percival Rubens
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Holmes Jennifer Holmes ... Mary
Cameron Mitchell ... Col. Bill Carson
Craig Gardner Craig Gardner ... Dean Turner
Zoli Marki Zoli Marki ... Jo (as Zoli Markey)
Peter J. Elliott Peter J. Elliott ... Mr. Parker
Moira Winslow Moira Winslow ... Joan Parker
Mark Tanous Mark Tanous ... Bobby
Diane Burmeister Diane Burmeister
George Korelin George Korelin ... Dr. Stuart
Vera Blacker Vera Blacker ... Mrs. Janet Stuart
John Parsonson John Parsonson ... The Truck Driver
Ashleigh Sendin Ashleigh Sendin ... Emily Parker
Graham Kennard ... The Demon
April Galetti April Galetti ... Girl in alley
Jannie Wienand Jannie Wienand ... Punk in Knife Fight
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Storyline

Similiar to HALLOWEEN and BLACK CHRISTMAS (which no doubt influenced the writer/director) this film deals with a series of bizarre murders and the unexplained stalking of the main characters by an unidentified man with no apparent motives. Written by Mike Justice <Fergus21@hotmail.com>

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The screams you hear may be your own! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Midnight Caller See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Color:

Color
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Trivia

At around 45 minutes a movie marquee shows The Amityville Horror (1979), which was in theaters at the time of filming. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the entire movie, the killer's mask appears and disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Explaining his ESP]
Col. Bill Carson: Sometimes I get these... feelings. Vibes, as the kids would say.
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Connections

References The Amityville Horror (1979) See more »

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Rapper's Delight
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Written by Sylvia Robinson, Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike, Master Gee, Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers, Grandmaster Caz and Alan Hawkshaw
Performed by Sugarhill Gang
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Disjointed but occasionally effective Halloween clone
6 December 2010 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

The Demon is a South African Halloween clone about a motiveless serial killer who suffocates his victims with clear plastic bags. To be honest, it's a pretty shoddy effort in many ways but it's definitely not without merits either. In some respects one of this movie's chief problems is also inadvertently one of its strengths. The issue in question is how confusingly structured it all is. Characters are linked together only via the killer, and he is, to put it mildly, very vaguely defined himself. So the film has a very disjointed feel to it. While I can't see this as having been intentional, it does have a strange dream-like effect where we have this weird pale-faced amorphous figure appearing at various times with no fathomable reason. The Demon himself is a decent villain, as he has a good air of mystery about him, partly due to the fact that he is given absolutely no history or motivation. He is masked like Michael Myers in a white faceless mask although this mask does seem to appear and disappear between shots which must surely qualify as a pretty monumental goof. His killing method is bloodless but unusual enough for some credit. Although quite honestly even if there were buckets of the red stuff you would be doing well to even notice seeing as the lighting in this production is terrible. Too many scenes are played in almost total darkness, so you only have an impression of what's going on. Fortunately, we are able to make out the finale which is a lengthy scene involving the Demon chasing a topless girl around a house – it's clichéd but this sort of stuff never really gets old. The only name actor is Cameron Mitchell who plays a psychic colonel who is helping track down the killer. But he only ultimately has a bit part in the film and exits the picture in a very memorably sudden and unexpected way.

Despite it's shortcomings I did quite enjoy this one. It may have been poorly put together but it did have some tense scenes, and some interesting moments. It's worth a look if you enjoy trashy horror flicks.


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