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A group of teens plan a Halloween party at an abandoned funeral parlor in this well-crafted horror film. The home is rumored to be haunted after the owner slaughtered his family and killed himself years before. The teens plan on scaring their classmates, unaware that demons from hell are released for a night of terror for bad behavior. One by one, the teens fall victim to the evil that dwells within the parlor. The audience is left guessing who, if anyone, will be alive the following morning. This fright feature is rife with references to other teen slasher flicks. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Well this certainly isn't quite in the same league as the new remake. Yes its a gloriously silly 80's flick but it really is basic in terms of sets, acting and casting, all very cheap and cheerful.
The only reason to watch this, again, is simply for the pretty decent makeup and effects by Steve Johnson. Good old fashioned hands on halloween masks, prosthetics and blood.
The new film is chock full of more seedy outfits and flashy visuals but the gore is about on par with this original. This older film isn't a big rave like the new film, its more low key with obviously smaller production values which gives it a better darker look. Lack of funds can often lead to better results in visuals methinks, you can't simply rely on CGI.
Naturally this is a grittier affair and more of a sensible scare fest of course, but by today's standards its quite tame and humorous.
Kevin S. Tenney's original film is a horrifying, fun and amusing piece of Halloween viewing. Film stars Horror veteran Linnea Quigley and Amelia Kinkade. Night of the Demons is a terrific blend of horrifying blood and gore. Tenney's excellent directing effects a fun mood of terror on screen, and the film succeeds in being horrifying, and amusing all at once. The kids spend the night in a haunted funeral home for Halloween, and they discover an old mirror. Soon each of them become Demons and the rest that aren't try to survive the night. Night of the Demons is a definite Halloween seasonal classic. Night of the Demons is a fun, thrilling carnival of horror extravaganza that will definitely appeal to every old school horror fan. Night of the Demons is a definite must see classic. Kevin Tenney's directing is superb, and he directs this stellar cast of actors in the amusing spook fest. The special effects are very well done and the film is meant not to be taken too seriously, which is a must for a film like this. Night of the Demons may be a flawed film, but it definitely delivers all the necessities that good horror film needs to deliver to appeal to its audience. As a diehard Horror fan, I personally think that this is one of the best Horror films of the 1980's. If you love all the classic 80's Horror films, and you haven't seen this film yet, then give this one a shot. Night of the Demons promises to be one terrific night of spooky enjoyable fun.
Night of the Demons is one of those 80's horror flicks that I just never got around to seeing, until now that is. It's much better than I assumed it to be. It's totally 80's with a hard rock soundtrack, it has a generous helping of sex and nudity and also has the classic "a bunch of friends get together for a party and everything goes to hell" formula. It's also great that they spend the night in an old funeral home instead of just an old house for a change. The make-up effects are great, as is the gore - and there's also a generous helping of it. I recommend seeing the unrated version to get the full effect. It's not altogether perfect, as you might have guessed. The acting and dialogue are both atrocious, but it's just too much fun to dismiss. I think it would be a great pick for a Halloween movie party.
Not only is this a good old fashioned story of a haunted house and the teenagers who dare to spend a night there, but it's also a very 80s gory and disgusting horror flick with demons. I really enjoyed it, and if you like 80s teen horror you'll like it too.
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