DEMONS – The Dungeon Review! (1985)

‘Demons’ is definitely one of my favourite horror films from the 80’s. It’s demented, high-energy fun with lots of gore and wicked effects. And most importantly, it has some really freaking cool looking demons!

The plot is simple; a group of people are given passes to a screening of a horror film and become trapped inside the theatre with a bunch of demons. It’s not good being trapped with demons, but it sure is fun to watch!

The plot is paper-thin, the dialog is inane and some of the music is pretty painful. But these things just add to its charm! It’s basically a parade of expendable characters whose only purpose is to be transformed into demons. There are a few characters they focus on, like the two gals that are skipping school and hook up with two guys of like age. There is also the pimp and his two ladies, a blind man and his niece, and the odd quartet of bad ass punks who show up later in the film. There are tons of people to demonize inside the theatre already, but we are introduced to four outside characters. We follow the group as they drive around in a stolen car snorting coke from a coke can. Two of them begin fighting over the can and coke goes everywhere. The driver of the car goes berserk and they pull over to deal with it. They meticulously scrape up every last grain with razor blades. The loan female of the group still has a little “snow in the valley” and her buddy slowly scrapes up the coke from her cleavage getting closer and closer to her nipple. She’s digging it until he slips and cuts her. Cops approach the car while they are pulled over and the four make a run for it. A door to the theatre is open and they escape inside. More demon fodder!

There are a dozen scenes I could cite, but one of my favourites is early in the film. The first two people to get demonized are the prostitutes. One of them cuts her face when she tries on a mask on display in the lobby. The damn thing won’t stop bleeding so she goes to the bathroom to deal with it. Her friend goes to check on her and finds she has transformed into a hideous demon with big pointy teeth and giant claws gurgling green guck. After getting slashed she runs for her life and ends up on the other side of the movie screen. She comes busting through the screen, and to the audiences horror she begins to transform. You get to see, up close and personal, polished nails being pushed out in favor of nifty new gnarly claws. Then her teeth are pushed out to upgrade to some nice big pointy ones. A fat, ugly, snaky monster tongue comes whipping out of her mouth and of course she’s got the spooky demon eyes. Absolutely, positively perfection! The effects are impressive! This film is all about the visuals. The grand theatre is the perfect setting. The demon make up is top notch. There is a healthy helping of gore because demons like to bite, and slash and tear. Sometimes they like to push their claws into people’s eye sockets. There are gross puss explosions, and a classic ending involving a dirt bike, a sword and a helicopter falling through the roof that’s not to be missed! This film has it all! Don’t take my word for it! Check out the trailer!

There isn’t a single dull moment in the entire film. It gets to the point quickly and keeps the action going right through to its excellent finale. I could literally ramble on and on about this film but I’ll just summarize it by saying ‘Demons’ is a shitload of fun! A highly entertaining horror film that should be owned not rented. Highest of recommendations!

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Lamberto Bava

Starring: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento, Paola Cozzo, Fabiola Toledo, Nicoletta Elmi

8 Responses to “DEMONS – The Dungeon Review! (1985)”

  1. austinchef08 Says:

    Ya definitely nailed this review Goregirl!!! This is without a doubt one of the most entertaining flicks of the 80’s!! All of its failings only help to create a really fun atmosphere (the bad acting, the terrible soundtrack, etc). I would guess that they spent the most amount of time on the special effect: How the demons look, the carnage they produce, and all the goo, slime, and blood you can handle. I believe this and its sequel are produced by the great Dario Argento (which makes it even better in my eyes).

    Wasn’t the movie they were watching in the theater something like “The Story of Nostradamus” or something like that??

    Great flick …. I’m gonna re-watch it again this weekend!!

  2. Even by today’s standards the effects and gore are rock solid! I guess if we are to take the “film within the film” seriously than the mask on display in the theatre’s lobby came from Nostradamus crypt. Sure…what the hell! Works for me!

    I have much love for the Italian horror films of the 70’s and 80’s but I have an extra special place in my wretched heart for Mr. Argento!

  3. Man, I’m sure I”ve seen this but I remember nothing of it. Of course this only means I must track it down and watch it, especially if there’s enough gore in it to make Goregirl clap like a kindergarden kid. I, too, would like to clap and grin like a small child while I watch this film!


  4. austinchef08 Says:

    I’m with ya 100% Goregirl …. the Italian flicks of the 70’s and 80’s is one of the high points of genre film-making. From the Italian zombie splatter flicks to the all-too-realistic cannibal flicks to the Giallo movies …. they are all solid pieces of entertainment. In my collection I have a really great representation of the giallo flicks (off the top of my head, I probably have about 15-18 of just giallo movies). When I wanna see a “murder mystery” that has more blood in it than your typical “Murder, She Wrote” episode, I always turn to the giallo’s!! 🙂

  5. […] just read a review for this a few days ago over at Goregirl’s Dungeon – review here, and I couldn’t help but find this flick and watch it myself. I didn’t really want to […]

  6. Popskull Says:

    May I ask why everyone is so down on the film’s music? The heavy metal score was partly the reason this became my favourite horror film of all time. Keep in mind it was made in the 80’s hence the 80’s metal

  7. […] Demons is demented, high-energy fun with lots of gore and wicked effects. And most importantly, it has some really freaking cool looking demons! There isn’t a single dull moment in the entire film. It gets to the point quickly and keeps the action going right through to its outrageous finale. Demons is a shitload of fun! To read my full review click here. […]

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