World Horror Cinema: USA
By Sam Reeve
My rating: 8/10
The world’s media, pretty much no matter where you live, is inundated with American stuff. I figured I wouldn’t post a horror movie from the US because of that, but then I found this one and decided that diversity could take the day off. I’ve got a very small list of movies that I must watch every year during the Halloween season, and Night of the Demons just got added to it.
A group of teenagers party on Halloween night, but this isn’t an ordinary kegger in someone’s basement. Angela, the gothy one, hosts it in Hull House, an abandoned and haunted funeral parlor that seems like the perfect venue for the occasion.
Of course, after they hold a séance, things go horribly wrong as one by one the teens are picked off and possessed by demons. Can anyone survive the night and escape the grounds, or will they all get dragged to hell by the end of the night?
Night of the Demons knew what it was and didn’t bother to put on airs. Most teen movies feature plenty of sex and nudity, so why not go over the top with it and make it part of the fun? It turned the sexy parts into great comedy, whereas during those scenes in most other movies it seems boring and only there because “sex sells”. The same thing goes with the writing. There were too many groan-inducing one-liners to count, and it was great!
While the majority of Night of the Demons was laughs and snickers, the horror effects were quite good. The set was amazing, and I can’t think of a better place for a bunch of scared teens to get trapped. The makeup and demon transformations were probably my favourite, though, and with today’s tendency to enhance everything with CGI, you won’t find such realistic and awesome stuff in modern movies.
The intro was also something that caught my attention, and it served the film well. The creepy animation and music sets the tone and reminds viewers that it’s Halloween, motherfuckers! See the intro here.