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Mar 05

Night of the Demons

POSTER - NIGHT OF THE DEMONSGenre: Horror
Year: 1988
Country: USA

aka: Halloween Party

Director: Kevin Tenney
Starring: Amelia Kinkade, Cathy Podewell, Billy Gallo, Lance Fenton, Linnea Quigley

 

Angela is having a party, Jason and Freddy are too scared to come. But you’ll have a hell of a time.

 

It’s Halloween and Judy is going on a date with Jay. Jay has plans on taking Judy to a Halloween Party at the famous mortuary Hull House where a bunch of other young ones will be joining them. The party is held by Angela, the gothic and mysterious girl of the bunch. When everyone has arrived, they start to have a normal party with beer, music, dancing and the guys trying to get the girls alone somewhere for a little private activities.

Angela decides that it might be fun to have a séance, which of course always is smart in a place like that on a night like Halloween. The séance awakens evil demonic powers who starts to possess Angela’s friend Suzanne who starts to act more weirdly than she usually does and shortly after begins to attack people, turning them into demonic creatures.

Night of the Demons might sound like a typical stupid 80’s horror movie, but this one really brings a lot of fun to the table. The characters are all very cliché, but some of them do manage to bring some sympathy from the viewer while others are entertaining or annoying enough that you want them slaughtered. It also gets away with being a little silly since it sets the tone for that right away with an awesome credit sequence at the start.

This is done by Kevin Tenney and might be his most successful film of his career. He moves things along in a perfect pace and does create a suitable atmosphere that lasts til the very end. It doesn’t have alot of blood, but it has a few scenes with nudity, even making the main character Judy shows some skin. The scares are mostly “jump scares”, which work well for a movie such as this and it basically seems like a perfect horror movie for a 15 year old kid since the entire thing feels like a dark comic fairytale story that has come alive. After rewatching it now I can understand why I loved it when I was younger and it still holds up very well.

The cast also deserves a lot of credit for making this work and I’m sure this was a fun experience for those involved. The biggest name is of course Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead, Horror Workout) and she does have some fun and memorable scenes but her acting is really shoddy in this one and she frankly looks older than all the other teenagers (to her defense, she was 30 at the time and looked damn good regardless of age). Amelia Kinkade plays Angela and she is intimidating and hot at the same time. Her dance routine in the middle of the movie is just great. She only went on to do small stuff, except redoing the role as Angela in the two sequels. Cathy Podewell (Beverly Hills Brats) plays Judy who are fittingly dressed up as Alice from Alice in Wonderland here. She does get a little annoying with her goody two shoes attitude, but her heroic effort in the end makes her likeable. I’d also like to mention Jill Terashita (Terminal Entry, Sleepaway Camp 3) who has a smaller part, simply because she shows off her body and she is smoking hot. Thank you Jill!

Night of the Demons is a great example of how fun the late 80’s could be when it was done well. I loved it as a kid and I still enjoy it a lot today and think it still holds up as a great teen horror movie. I never cared for the sequels, but if you haven’t done so already then seek this one out.

 

 ★★★★☆ 

 

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