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Demons (1985)

Dèmoni (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 30 May 1986 (USA)
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A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons.

Director:

Lamberto Bava

Writers:

Dardano Sacchetti (original story), Dario Argento (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Stelio Candelli ... Frank
Nicole Tessier Nicole Tessier ... Ruth
Geretta Geretta ... Rosemary (as Geretta Giancarlo)
Bobby Rhodes ... Tony
Guido Baldi Guido Baldi ... Tommy
Bettina Ciampolini ... Nina
Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano ... Hot Dog (as Giuseppe Cruciano)
Sally Day Sally Day ... Liz
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Storyline

Art imitating art is the basis of this demonic tale of a group of invited guests who are granted a free lunch in the form of a screening of a horror film that brings naturalism to life. Baited and penned in, this walled-in feeling quickly turns to screams and fear as those who are dead lust after the flesh of those living. The free lunch has turned full circle in the cinema of hell and it is only a question of time before the demons from the abyss are asking for second portions. Written by Cinema_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demons See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

DACFILM Rome See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (Europe)| Mono (US version)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The blind man going to the cinema was meant as an ironic joke. See more »

Goofs

After the demon falls on Hannah from the balcony he pukes slime all over her but in the next scene her clothes are clean. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl: Uh, are you dressed like this for the promotion of the film?
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Alternate Versions

The United States release features a mono sound mix. But It also features additional sound effects, such as the demon growl and slicing sound when the title "Demons" appears. All other release prints feature the original Dolby Stereo mix. See more »

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Referenced in Why Horror? (2014) See more »

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In The Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)
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Written by Edvard Grieg
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User Reviews

What more could you ask for?
29 December 2002 | by billybrown41See all my reviews

For an 80s gore-fest, you couldn't want anything more. This is another one of those "kitchen sink" movies that's in the same vein as "From Dusk Till Dawn". Put the same scenario in a movie house, back in the 80s, substitute the vampires with demons, and you pretty much get the picture. You can definitely see the influence here. With that said, if you liked "From Dusk.." and don't mind dubbing, then you should be right at home with "Demons".

There isn't a whole lot there in the way of plot. Some random folks are invited to a screening in an old movie theater. As the movie that they are viewing gets more and more violent, real life starts to imitate art and pretty soon, they discover that they are locked inside and what we're watching becomes a survival flick. That's pretty much it.

As far as gore, there is PLENTY of the red stuff with enough eye-gouging, throat ripping, and blood spurting to satisfy even the most ravenous gore hound. To say much more would give away a lot of the surprises, but it's well worth a rental. Check it out.


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