|Crew:||Screenplay: Franco Ferrini | Screenplay: Dario Argento | Producer: Dario Argento | Original Music Composer: Claudio Simonetti | Director of Photography: Gianlorenzo Battaglia | Screenplay: Lamberto Bava | Director: Lamberto Bava | Screenplay: Dardano Sacchetti | Original Story: Dardano Sacchetti | Makeup Effects: Rosario Prestopino|
A group of people are trapped in a West Berlin movie theater infested with ravenous demons who proceed to kill and possess the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers.
This was beautiful. It must be a strange experience, being a child of a great director, and following the very same genre. Do you go pretty much the same route, or try something vastly different?
This would make a great double-bill, at an actual movie theatre, with the 50's edition of 'The Blob'--another film in which the cinema isn't the safe, dark, womb-like place we take for granted it is.
It's no Night of the that's for sure, but I enjoyed it in parts. Paricularly fond of the coke punks and the pimp. Dubbing's a nightmare though.
Final rating:★★½ - Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole.
Demons (Demoni) is directed by Lamberto Bava and Bava co-writes the screenplay with Dario Argento, Dardano Sacchetti and Franco Ferrini. It stars Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Paola Cozzo, Fiore Argento and Geretta Giancarlo. Music is by Claudio Simonetti and cinematography by Gianlorenzo Battaglia.
A wonderfully nutty spiced Spaghetti Horror, plot has a group of people trapped in a Berlin movie theatre that suddenly comes under attack by ravenous demons.
It could reasonably be argued that Bava's movie has some cheeky narrative depth underneath the gloop and schlock, this is after all purposely set in a movie theatre and features a film that basically becomes real, sort of. But really it's a pic that's set up for like minded horror buffs to feast upon, to jump head first into its feverish horror comic book glee.
The script is as poor as the dubbing is, with a roll call of cardboard cut out characters and loose end scenarios jettisoned in readiness for the next plasmatic explosive sequence. Yet the care free abandon of the gruesome killings on show, and the rapid pace of it all, ensures it's a fun packed ride.
Even the musical score is schizo as it ranges from typical 1980s synth plods to heavy metal thunder - joyous. 7/10