original title: Demoni
aka: Dance of the Demons
Director: Lamberto Bava
Starring: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento, Paolo Cozzo
They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs.
Cheryl is traveling on the Berlin subway when a mysterious man starts to follow her. It turns out that all he wanted to do was to give her a free ticket to a local movie screening at a newly renovated cinema.
She decides to go to the screening with her friend Kathy, but their evening will not be a quiet and safe experience at the movie theater. Instead reality starts to imitate the horror film that is being shown on the big screen and the entire theater gets infested by bloodthirsty demons.
Demons is a collaboration between Lamberto Bava, who directed it and Dario Argento who produced the film and also co-wrote the script together with Bava, Dardano Sacchetti and Franco Ferrini. Some Italian horror films of the 80’s might have been accused of putting the plot secondary to the violence and great visuals and if there ever was any need for proof of that being true, then Demons would be a great choice to back up that claim.
But this film doesn’t really need to have a more explained plot or even character development at all. It is a crazy Italian splatter film that has a crazy concept that probably couldn’t have been explained any better even if they had tried. And even if you don’t exactly understand everything that is going on, it kind of makes sense in some weird way cause how could something as crazy as real life imitating a film be explained anyway?
The gory violence of this movie is amazing. Sergio Stivaletti and his team really outdid themselves on this one, creating effects that would put this in the top 10 of 80’s splatterfilms when it comes to gore. It’s disgusting, shocking, but damn fun and awesome. The visual look of the film is also great, showing that the younger Bava did learn a few things from his legendary father. All the craziness can be enjoyed while the excellent soundtrack, which includes songs from Motley Crüe, Accept and Billy Idol and some great original music by Claudio Simonetti.
Demons is a very funny and crazy Italian splatterfilm from the lovely 80’s. How crazy is it you might ask? Well, they did put a blind guy in a movie theater, and yes he was there to watch the movie that was being screened. If you love gore, Italian horror and the 80’s, then you have a gem in Demons.