Demons is a 1985 Italian horror film, made in collaboration between Lamberto Bava, and Dario Argento. Gory, fast paced, and more than a bit crazy, is Demons worthy of your time? Read on to find out, Fiends…
A bunch of random people are invited to a mysterious screening of a violent horror film about demonic possession at a cinema. When one of the guests tries on an ornate mask on display in the foyer, the Demons enter our world, and begin to possess and kill the guests. Can the survivors stop the demons and escape, or is there no hope for them?
The plot really is that simple. It exists purely as a device for Bava to stage some truly gruesome set piece killings. The characters are little more than cyphers. Within the film they exist to be killed when the plot demands. There is no depth to them at all. Yet the film doesn’t suffer because of this. It is a pure gore thrill ride. In a snappy 88 minutes, you get all the thrills you would expect from an Italian shocker. And, being from Bava and Argento, it looks stunning. Stylishly shot, it looks like a far more expensive film than it actually is. Allied to a thumping heavy metal soundtrack, the film is perfect for it’s mid 80s gorehound audience. The dubbing of the English voices is a bit poor, but that is to be expected.
Once again, Arrow have done us proud. The disc contains the following extras:
- Brand new restoration of the original camera negative by Cineteca di Bologna
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
- Optional English and Italian audio
- Optional English subtitles for Italian audio and English SDH subtitles for English audio
- The audio recollections of director Lamberto Bava, Special Make-Up Creations Artist Sergio Stivaletti and Journalist Loris Curci
- The audio recollections of the cast and crew, featuring Lamberto Bava, Sergio Stivaletti, Geretta Geretta and Claudio Simonetti
- Dario’s Demon Days: Producer Dario Argento discusses the inception of Demons
- Defining an Era in Music: Composer Claudio Simonetti on the Demons Soundtrack
- Luigi Cozzi’s Top Italian Terrors: Cozzi discusses the highpoints of Spaghetti Splatter
- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Jeff Zornow
Demons: The Verdict
If you want a gory, frenzied fun filled 90 minutes, then this is for you. If you want your horror a bit more cerebral, then I’d look elsewhere.
5/5 Fiends for gorehounds. 2/5 for the more cerebral fans.