Demons DVD Review
Directed by Lamberto Bava
Written by Dardano Sacchetti, Dario Argento
1985, Region A, 89 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on November 11, 2014
Urbano Barberini as George
Natasha Hovey as Cheryl
Karl Zinny as Ken
Fiore Argento as Hannah
Paola Cozzo as Kathy
Horror movies have an inherently huge realm of appeal because there is so much variation in the genre. Its films can range from soulfully exposed pieces of social commentary, taking the fears of a decade and rendering them into monsters or formidable outsiders;to light and ridiculous plots that place the importance on fun over personal politics. Demons is arguably the latter of the two, with violence for the sake of violence, big, boisterous ghouls and more guts, gore and goop than you can shake a stick at. Even without much depth in its narrative, it is still profoundly enjoyable and a staple in eighties horror.
Cheryl is a university student in Berlin. After taking the subway and being followed by an intimidating masked man, she is perplexed when he corners her but does not attack her. He instead offers her free tickets to a movie screening at the Metropol theatre, and in spite of how strange the invitation is, she takes her friend Kathy to the show.The film that plays in the theatre is about a group of teens who are locked in a tomb, where they accidentally unleash an evil spirit that possesses one of the boys and causes him to kill his friends with a knife. Soon after, the film becomes Cheryl's reality when a woman is possessed by a demon and begins to terrorize the Metropol by attacking people and turning them into flesh hungry demons as well.
Although the plot to Demons is paper-thin, it is an aesthetically pleasing and hilarious ride the entire way. The practical effects are masterfully executed and disgusting in spite of their cheesy charm; and because the monsters are so distinctive, it effectively secures the movie as a 'must watch' for horror lovers. Although there is nothing particularly inventive or unique in the narrative, there is so much that is sensational, gross, exploitive and hilarious about Demons that makes it one of the most fun ways a person can spend 89 minutes of their evening.
Video and Audio:
With the high definition 1080p transfer from original vault materials to the widescreen 1:66:1 ratio and colour correction by Synapse Films, this DVD's rendering of Demons is as sharp and colourful as it should be, which adds to the fiercely enjoyable package that this film is.
The audio being 2.0 Stereo & Mono is clear and crisp with no moments where one scene is uncomfortably louder than the other, unless it is purposeful.
There are English subtitles for the deaf or hard of hearing.
Apart from the original U.S trailer, "International English" and "US Mono" options for English dubbing, there are no other special features on this disc.
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