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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.


Percival Rubens


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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


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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Release Date:

1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Midnight Caller See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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


As Craig Gardner's character moves through his apartment to pout some drinks, the silhouette of a crew-member can clearly be seen in the doorway. See more »


[Explaining his ESP]
Col. Bill Carson: Sometimes I get these... feelings. Vibes, as the kids would say.
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A poor man's Halloween
8 July 2008 | by sb88See all my reviews

The Demon really doesn't have much going for it. The lighting is awful, dialogue is ridiculous in some spots, and some things in it just make no sense (you've got to love the random shots of waves crashing onto rocks).

At least at the beginning there's something slightly different going on. The killer kidnaps a family's daughter and so they enlist the help of a psychic gifted with ESP (Cameron Mitchell). Now, I'd like to think that Mitchell is a good actor but it's really hard to judge when he's given ridiculous things to do and say ("I get feelings sometimes. Vibes, as the kids might say.")

Sure, it's not very good at all, but the least they could have done was not abandon this part of the story. Cameron and the kidnapping plot end up almost being dropped completely, leading us to the story that takes over the rest of the film.

Ever hear the one about the guy in the white mask who stalks some girls?

Yeah, that happens here too. To be fair, this portion isn't as bad despite being a blatant ripoff. The girls are decent at acting and serve the dual purpose of being easy on the eyes. There's a few suspenseful scenes and the climax isn't all that bad despite being completely wacky.

That doesn't make up for everything else, though. In the end, The Demon mostly just provides moments of boredom and stupidity.

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