I am going to say two words that will determine whether or not you want to continue reading today’s post. You ready? JUSTIN BIEBER. Just kidding. Actually, it is ITALIAN HORROR. Still here? Well then let’s continue with today’s movie. Allow me to introduce you to Lamberto Bava’s Demons.
The plot: A group of people are invited to a free screening at The Metropol, a recently renovated local cinema in Berlin. While waiting for the movie to start, one of the patrons scratches herself with a mask that was on display. The film that is shown is a disturbing horror movie that involves the mask that was on display in the lobby. In the film, a group of teenagers find the mask in the tomb of Nostradamus and when one of the teenagers puts on the mask, he winds up cutting himself and turning into a demon that begins killing his friends. Now it is a matter of life imitating art as Rosemary, the girl that cut herself on the mask, turns into a demon and begins attacking the other patrons. Now the remaining people must try to escape the theater before the are killed by the army of demons.
I am going to be perfectly honest with you. The first time I ever saw this movie, it scared the shit out of me. It was the summer of 88 and I was 11 years old. I was at a friends house and his older sister was watching us while the parents were at work. She had rented 2 movies the day before, 3:15 The Moment Of Truth, and Demons. When she let us watch Demons, she did warn us that it was scary, but I was not worried. I had seen horror movies before so I figured I would be fine. Boy was 11 year old me wrong. See the thing that makes Italian horror movies different from American ones is that they can be pretty graphic when it comes to the violence and gore. Needless to say, I watched that movie and vividly remembered everything about it years later. It obviously did not deter me away from the horror genre, but did give me a better appreciation for it.
If there is one thing that 11 year old me and 37 year old me can agree on, it is one thing. This is a good, and scary as hell, horror movie. Plenty of death and gore and violence which is all that you would expect from a horror movie in the 80’s. The story itself is somewhat unique and actually pretty good. Now admittedly, the dialogue and some of the acting is campy as hell, but again, that is to be expected from an 80’s horror movie. There are several funny and awesome scenes in this movie. The male lead riding around on a dirt bike inside the theater and killing demons with a sword is pretty cool, but also very campy.
So if you want to see a real scary horror movie, than look no further. But do so at your own risk. And you probably don’t want to let the little kids watch this one.
Rating: 4 out of 5