Night of the Demons
(R, 1:30:03, Released 1988)
|Release Date:||Sep 9, 1988|
|DVD Release Date:||Aug 24, 2004|
|Starring:||Lance Fenton, Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Hal Havins, Amelia Kinkade, Linnea Quigley, Jill Terashita, Allison Barron, William Gallo, Donnie Jeffcoat|
|Directed by:||Kevin Tenney|
|Synopsis:||Maddie Curtis and her friends Lilly and Suzanne are ready for a great Halloween night. They're going to a party thrown by their friend Angela at the notorious Broussard Mansion in New Orleans. Over eighty years ago, six people disappeared from the mansion without a trace--and the owner, Evangeline Broussard, hung herself. The dark history only serves to enhance the Broussard Mansion's appeal on Halloween. At the decadent, out-of-control party, Maddie and Lily run into their exes, Colin and Dex, while Suzanne parties it up. Good times end, however, when the police bust up the party. After the rest of the guests leave, Angela, Maddie, Lily, Dex, Colin, Suzanne and their friend Jason discover a horrible secret. Their cell phones don't work. The mansion gates are now mysteriously locked. Soon it becomes clear that supernatural forces are at work at the Broussard Mansion, and that there may be more to the tale of Evangeline Broussard than anyone knew. It turns out that the Broussard Mansion is home to demons that need to possess seven vessels to break free of an ancient curse. One by one the guests fall victim, transforming into hideous creatures. Only Maddie, Colin and Jason remain--but can they make it through the night and keep evil forces from spreading into the world?|
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March 26, 2014
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.
January 24, 2013
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.
August 29, 2011
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.
March 3, 2011
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.
July 5, 2010
The best bit of the entire film was Angela's posssessed dance to Stigmata Martyr. The rest was all female anatomy and unconvincing acting. I was expecting something cheesy and fun, but it was only an okay watch. The effects were decent for the time though.
October 10, 2009
Horny teenagers spend Halloween night in an abandoned mortuary and are possessed by demons. Campy, but well-made, with good effects and at least one indelible scene (Linnea Quigley's lipstick trick); the epitome of cheesy, mildly sleazy 80s horror.
August 29, 2008
Wow, I haven't seen this in forever. Angela!!!! lol
June 16, 2008
Cheesy + Gory + Atmospheric + Funny + Scary = Horror Classic! Night of the Demons is an amazingly great fun Halloween film. If you consider yourself to be a true horror fan then this movie definitely needs to be on your list. And if you take this movie seriously then your missing the whole point. It's fun! Plain and simple. This is just a fun horror movie with that good old spooky Halloween feel to it. The atmosphere in this is sick. Oh my God, does this movie have great dark atmosphere! Talk about scary demons too. Angela(the demon) will have you shitting in your pants. As far as cheese goes, thank God this movie was as cheesy as it was. It made it hilarious. Night of the Demons is one fucking funny and hilarious movie...scary as well. The acting is bad(So what? It's hilarious) The script is a mess(So what? It's hilarious) The characters are retarded(So what? It's hilarious) Nothing in here is believable or slightly convincing...And yes! It is hilarious. And after saying all this I will say that Night of the Demons certainly has a charm. It makes and turns cheesy horror into a blast of good times. Everything that's wrong with this film works to it's advantage. The cheese factor is exactly what this movie needed. Because it's played out so well it makes Night of the Demons work as a classic bad 80's B horror film. Underneath all the ridiculous cheese and silliness Night of the Demons still manages to be frightful delight with many scares and chills on the surface. A great Halloween time movie. I highly recommend this one to any horror fan! Other Reviews: "It's a fun ride, perfect for late night viewing. It's got humor, gore, scares, decent effects, great make up. It's the perfect Halloween movie, the type of movie I always hope is on at 1am when I have insomnia." - Horror Talk "Night Of The Demons is one of those fun movies, probably best viewed with your brain in the off position. But nevertheless a damn good time all around. Fun pranks, silly kids, and gory moments." - Burnout Central Review "Night Of The Demons doesn't re invent the genre but re interprets it with high energy, wit and style. It's a nasty ride and you won't regret it." - Arrow in the Head "If you're looking for some completely brainless 80s fun (and I do mean brainless), look no further. And if you like it, I won't tell on you, I swear." - Final Girl "Night of the Demons contains everything you could possibly want from an 80s horror flick: gore, babes, skin, scares, comedy and plenty of cheese." - Popcorn Pictures "Night of the Demons is a good reason to love horror. No, it's not a masterpiece, but it delivers an hour-and-a-half of fun entertainment, which is more than can be said of many other so-called "scary" movies." - Flesh Farm
May 21, 2008
Great atmosphere, quite creepy, creature/makeup designs that are still effective today. I have some problems with some of the actors (mainly the protagonist girl) delivering their lines amateurishly. My biggest gripes are concerning the editing/arrangement of action scenes and chase scenes. Overall, the cinematography needs a better eye, but I like the gritty texture to it.
There are some cool scare jumps; I was freaked by the demons, and though the story arc is simple, I found some of the contextual details fascinating, such as the fact that the demons cannot cross over moving water. The set/house is a character unto itself and is just as scary as the beer-belly-punk-demon leaping out at unsuspected moments.
fb100000185301014January 6, 2013
Better than average slasher about a bunch of idiotic teenagers accidentally summoned a evil spirit in a haunted house, the spirit possessed them and then the fun began. The acting was dreadful, seriously, some of the minor characters were actually better than the main ones. Amelia Kinkade was quite hot being the villainess, but that doesn't mean she's a good actress. All the characters were pretty much shouting into the microphones. It's a comedy? I don't think so. The nice set and make did not save this film from the bad acting.
April 16, 2011
When I ws 14 I really liked this movie, but watching it now I was a little less impressed. Not that theres naything wrong with it per se. It is what it is: a cheesy 80's horror flick, thats more concerned with camp than genuine scares. Good time for sure. It does have some good laughs, some good chills, and a healthy amount of boobies and bloodshed. It is also horribly generic and predictable, but what're you going to do. Like I said it is what it is. Would make a fun movie to watch on Halloween with friends and beers. I imagine that was the intention as well so mission accomplished.
October 11, 2010
I saw this movie dozen of times when I was a teen because I had it on VHS, well... I still have it but it is in a box in the basement along with many more horror classics in the same format. What I hate the most about this movie is that it takes too long to take off, reason for what I used to press forward till the movie reached the 40 minutes of running time when it really turns into an atmospheric, creepy and gory ride that will keep you glue to the seat and make you bite your nails and jump from your seat.
"Night of the Demons" is a good mindless 80s Horror.
September 29, 2010
The make-up effects were great, it had some nice gore and I love Jill Terashita and Lance Fenton - but the movie takes forever to get going, has horrible editing, the most annoying characters ever in a horror movie (worse than anyone in any Friday the 13th) and scenes seem to drag on for no purpose; it gets way too boring way too fast.
February 16, 2010
How in the world they managed to afford the (fucking great) Bauhaus track is beyond me.
December 24, 2007
October 28, 2007
Narratively this film is terrible, but it does have some amazingly great moments.
fb817865006June 15, 2014
Great makeup effects & a cool animated title sequence aside, this didn't age well at all. Watchable, but just barely.
April 3, 2014
continuing with my guilty pleasure of trashy 80s movies, this one is pretty good, they do a good job with the classic 80s characters, and its a good set up, i will say some things werent explained the best, and despite only being 89 min, still dragged a bit at the end, with just a buncha running scenes, but its still a fun time overall
November 26, 2013
These things don't age well. It's boobs and blood and bad dialogue in an Evil Dead derived set up. It's got some good gore here and there but in the end I guess I just don't find 80s cheese charming.
January 28, 2013
The remake actually makes more sense than this silly movie. I suppose there is some story about a river, a puppet demon, and native americans? Basically, a lot of toplessness and there is that famous lipstick into the boob scene. Other than that, I suppose it is a fair representation of 1980s horror. Oh and Linnea Quigley's underwear.
October 27, 2012
It is Halloween night. What are you planning to do? Go trick or treating with friends? Or maybe cause some mischief instead by playing pranks on your grumpy old neighbor? How about attending a Halloween party? But not just your run-of-the-mill soiree -- this party I'm talking about promises a night to remember. Your hostess for this particular party is the wicked Goth chick extraordinaire Angela (Amelia Kinkade). The location: Hull House. In case you are wondering, no this house isn't haunted -- just possessed. Word has it Hull House was actually a mortuary built on land the Native Americans considered "unclean". Hull House was also said to be where pure evil roams free. But these are just rumors, right? C'mon, you know it is gonna be fun having a party at a place like Hull House. The rumors of it being possessed merely enhance the...tone and atmosphere of the spirit of Halloween.
Lucky for Angela, there are a bunch of teens out there who are eager to try something different and actually join her soiree. Let's meet them. Judy Cassidy (Cathy Podewell) is the nice, virginal girl. At first, she is reluctant to attend Angela's party, but her boyfriend somehow convinces her. He is Jay Jensen (Lance Fenton), one of those preppy, clean-cut nice guys. We later find out he is not as clean-cut as we thought, but I'll leave it at that. Sal Romero (Billy Gallo) is the rebel, the guy who loves to talk back to you --in your face. Max (Philip Tanzini) and Frannie (Jill Terashita) are the typical horny couple. Suzanne (Linnea Quigley) is Angela's best friend and a slut. And of course, horror movies need to have their share of truly obnoxious guys so fat lard Stooge (Hal Havins) and motor mouth Rodger (Alvin Alexis) fit the bill perfectly.
All of them converge at Hull House where they decide to (what else?), party. After spending some time chillin' and dancing, one of the teens suggests that they have a seance of some sort. While the seance is being performed, Suzanne witnesses a visage of a demon in a mirror. She panics, the mirror falls and shatters. She'll definitely be getting seven years of bad luck. But that is the least of her problems because there is even a more palpable threat. The demons, which have laid dormant in the deepest depths of Hull House, are finally awakened. Being that this is Halloween night, these demons are now free to wreck havoc however they wish. So one of the demons possesses Suzanne. She in turn kisses Angela (yes!!!) and before long, Angela is also inhabited by a demon. As Angela and Suzanne gradually transform into full-blooded demons, the two embark on a killing rampage and the bloody mayhem begins. They growl, they bite, they have a penchant for Freddy Krueger-style wisecracks. Who will get out alive? Will anyone be able to survive the night?
Get ready for this is gonna be one hell of a party...
The extremely cheesy animation sequence which takes place during the opening credits strongly intimate that Night of the Demons is a horror film which really doesn't take itself too seriously. That's a good thing because Night of the Demons is replete with horrendous stereotypes, mostly unsympathetic characters, mediocre-to-terrible acting (and sophomoric overacting) and cliches galore (e.g., those who have sex will die).
Night of the Demons isn't exactly an innovative or groundbreaking horror film. The acting is for the most part lamentable and the plot itself is trite and unoriginal. Imagine combining the "house is alive" element from The Amityville Horror, the "I dare you to stay in this spooky place for one night" motif from both Hell Night and House on Haunted Hill plus the demonic possession concept from Lamberto Bava's nonsensical but entertaining Demons. That's basically the formula for Night of the Demons.
Another problem I had with Night of the Demons were the appallingly extreme stereotypes. Stooge, the really rotund guy is a rude, obnoxious bastard with zero social grace (picture Bluto from Animal House with a touch of Eric Cartman and Peter Griffin). Rodger, like most black guys in these kinds of movies, naturally has a penchant for acting overzealously paranoid. He also happens to be the son of a preacher. Like the stereotypical Goth chick, Angela acts freaky and even does a freaky dance number at one point while her slutty best friend loves to be gazed at. We also have a grumpy old man as a supporting character. Being the grouch that he is, he hates those damn kids and thinks they cause nothing but trouble (which is mostly true). These stereotypes in turn, make the characters mostly unsympathetic --that, and the fact that they do some of the most absurd things imaginable while trying to survive in a possessed house. Of course, it is expected that teens in horror flicks lack rationale. Only the virginal chick is remotely likable -- and if you watch horror movies frequently, you'll know what kind of role she'll end up playing. As for everybody else, actually I was kind of happy when a few of these characters bit the dust.
The dialogue is definitely pathetic, but truth be told, I couldn't help but laugh at it at times. That's the point, right? One of the more unforgettable (and quotable) lines of dialogue is "Eat a bowl of fuck! I am here to PARTY!" This line is of course, courtesy of Stooge. Another scene takes place in a convenience store, where two horny clerks are staring down Suzanne's dress. She notices the two peeping toms and asks if they have any "sour balls". Of course, the two replied positively, but she makes a comeback by saying that they don't get a whole lot of blowjobs. Some audiences will groan when listening to the dialogue; others will revel in it. I suppose it all depends on what kind of mood you are in.
To put it kindly, the acting in this film is unmemorable. Most of the performers themselves were apparently at least ten years older (at the time this film was made) than the teenagers they portrayed. Veritable screen queen legend Linnea Quigley delivers one of the better performances. Especially when she is possessed...and horny at the same time. The overacting from a number of cast members (especially from Alvin Alexis and Hal Havins) bothered me a bit, but I guess they were portraying caricatures after all.
Yet in spite of what I have been writing, I still find Night of the Demons to be a competently made horror film. Unlike most post-Scream horror flicks which emerged starting in the late 1990s, Night of the Demons goes for the jugular when generating scares. Instead of going for cheap frights and thrills, director Kevin S. Tenney actually gives a damn about building suspense and tension. He doesn't rely on hyper-kinetic, migraine-inducing editing; instead Tenney focuses on mood and deliberate pacing to exploit -- and play with -- our intrinsic fears of the unknown and supernatural.
Tenney makes use of the derelict house setting to amplify the fear factor. When the camera pans the various corridors and deserted rooms of the haunted house, you get a sense of apprehension tingling down your spine. When a demon possesses a character and she begins to exhibit eccentric behavior, you feel just as nervous as the characters on-screen. For me, it is a more satisfying experience to watch a movie that emphasizes on slowly building terror and gradually increasing momentum. It is both nerve wrecking and exciting at the same time. A truly good horror sequence should allow the viewer to realize danger is approaching yet he/she cannot exactly anticipate when (and how) it will manifest. Like Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, Night of the Demons is a possessed house tale that has atmosphere to boot. Good atmosphere, mood, and tension which builds level by level all enable this film to convey an overall sense of palpable dread throughout -- especially once the real party begins!
At times, Night of the Demons does go for the "false alarm" scare (this always seems to irate me the most). In one scene during their arrival at Hull House, a couple of teens investigate what is inside a coffin. As soon as they open a coffin, someone jumps out. Of course, it is only Sal. However, unlike a good majority of horror movies out there, this happens only few and far between.
The eye-opening special effects are really ingenious. One particularly memorable effect has the possessed Suzanne sticking a tube of lipstick right inside her breast. That sequence admittedly impressed this normally jaded viewer. The graphic and gory murder sequences are worth highlighting. One poor soul gets both of his eyes gouged out. Someone else loses his tongue while trying to make out with Angela. And yet two other foolish victims decide to have sex -- inside a coffin! Consequently, they both get trapped -- permanently. Sex is lethal, my friend. My favorite death scene though involves the aforementioned cantankerous old guy and some sharp-edged razor blades. I will say no more except it is an awesome twist on the traditional throat-slashing murder. Special effects guru Steve Johnson gets the job done right in crafting the gruesome sequences.
Earlier on, I pointed out some of the film's more glaring weaknesses, but even I have to admit this: the badness is part of the film's amusement factor. The film's sense of humor isn't overbearing to the point it becomes a parody of itself. Granted the humor does misfire quite a bit, but at least it is worth a couple of chuckles. Good thing this film maintains some semblance of humor; otherwise its flaws would've made this film rather embarrassing.
For the more serious-minded horror fan, if you can get past the corny dialogue, lame plot, and inordinate stereotypes, you will find Night of the Demons to be a surprise treat. It is worth a rental for horror film buffs who are looking to have a good time without having to worry about such cinematic nuances as thematic content and pathos. No, this film will not change the face of horror cinema, but it is an enjoyable, spooky ride with the right mix of gore and goose bumps.
Be sure to get the unrated version. From what I hear, the R-rated version edited out several good stuff.
August 29, 2012
This one has a special place in my heart based on numerous rentals with friends in the early '2000s. It is filled with memorable lines and some truly over the top violence and make up that's still pretty freaky to look at even all these years later.
Linnea Quigley steals the show in her slutty tutu and eventual freaky make-up, making this a must watch for fans of '80s horror.
December 29, 2011
A pretty shoddily done 'The Evil Dead' rip off, but it gets 2.5 stars because I like 'The Evil Dead' and some awesome boobage shots.
June 11, 2011
I HAVE A QUESTION: THE VHS VERS HAS A UNRATED VERSION, I WAS WONDERING IF THE DVD IS THE UNRATED OR REGULAR