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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

At the end scene during the motorcycle chase, Nina's demonic character is not wearing any demonic makeup. See more »

Quotes

Tony the Pimp: What the hell happened to Rosemary?
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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 »


Soundtracks

Everybody Up
Written by Biff Byford and Steve Dawson
Performed by Saxon
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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User Reviews

 
This gory horror film is entertaining for fans of the genre.
25 September 2005 | by hu675See all my reviews

Sereval people are invited to join the opening of a new movie theater is been renovated from an old Gothic structure. Cheryl (Natasha Hovey) and her best friend-Hannah (Fiore Argento) decide to skip class to be there for the opening night. When a prostitute (Geretta Giancarlo) tries a demon prop mask from the new film and it cuts her face. When Cheryl and Hannah become friends with two young guys:George (Urbano Barberini) and Ken (Karl Zinny), while watching the movie. When the Prostitute watches the film, her cut is eventually starts to fester, turning her into a green-drooling demon. She kills and then can transforms people by scratching with her nails. The movie theater is unexpectedly blocked from the inside, not letting people get out. While sereval survivors are trying to get out of the movie theater before it is too late.

Directed by Lamberto Bava (A Blade in the Dark, Delirium, Frozen Terror) made an amusing gory horror film with some strong visual style and a heavy metal soundtrack. Although the film is badly dubbed in English, too bad... The DVD (From "Anchor Bay Entertainment") doesn't have the original Italian dubbing. The story is extremely thin but it has some good moments (The film within a film is the highlight).

DVD has an clean non-anamorphic Widescreen (1.66:1) transfer and an fine-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The DVD has an audio commentary track by the filmmakers, a short behind the scenes featurette and the original theatrical trailer. The film has become an international hit that spawned a sequel (Made by the same director) and a non-related sequel in 1989 titled "The Church". This film is written by Dario Argento (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Creepers, Deep Red), director:Bava and Franco Ferrini (Sleepless, The Stendhal's Syndrome, Two Evil Eyes) . From a story by Dardano Sacchetti. Argento also produced this film. (*** ½/*****).


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