Thursday, May 10, 2012


You'll find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee

- Franz Ferdinand

How many times has this happened to you? You and your bestie have just been invited to an advance screening of some unknown flick. You meet a couple of cute guys (or girls for you fellas out there), get some popcorn and sit down to enjoy the show. 

Then some dumb hooker puts on a mysterious prop mask, scratches her face, turns into a demon and tries to devour everyone in the entire theater. Man, I hate when that happens.

But I love when it happens here. Demons is a film that's ridiculously excessive with absolutely no apologies. It is literally 90 minutes of watching people get killed in bloody and horrific ways, seeing them turn into demons, then watching them kill other people in bloody and horrific ways. In other words, this is totally a 'check your brain at the door' kind of movie and if you're the type who requires a storyline, explanations or likes to point out movie plot holes, you should probably stay away from this film. 

Seriously, what can you say about a climax that involves a preppy turned Rambo, on a motorcycle, speeding between theater seats and decapitating demons with a sword while a boss 80's soundtrack plays? Of course this all happens while a helicopter crashes through the roof of the movie theater. For no reason at all.   

A lot of people mistakenly think that Dario Argento directed this, he didn't. That honor belongs to Lamberto Bava, son of the great Mario Bava. But Dario did co-write the screenplay and his stylistic touch is very present on screen. Even the look of the film is Argento-esque with vivid red, blue and green colors lighting up every inch of the set. And of course, there is gore. Lots and lots of gore.

Okay, I had a weenie little kind of problem with the very ending of this movie. I seriously doubt that the demons could have taken over the whole city in one night when they seemed pretty much confined to the theater. And it's even funnier how the outside survivors appear so nonplussed by the whole affair as they shoot demons and casually say how they are going up north for a "better life." But, as I said before, you don't have to think when watching this movie. In fact, it's a far more enjoyable experience if you don't. 

Favorite Moments (may contain spoilers):
  • The masked mystery man handing out invitations in the subway.
  • The teeth growing out of the first demon's mouth.
  • Motorcycle sword-swinging mayhem!
  • Any scene involving Tony the pimp.
 Fun Facts Kids!
  • Bobby Rhodes who plays Tony also appears in Demons 2 as a completely different character.
  • The Metropol used to be an actual theater in West Berlin. 
  • The movie the theatergoers are watching is never named.
  • Dario Argento's daughter Fiore Argento plays a small role in the movie.

Agree?  Disagree?  Or just have a random string of curse words you'd like to share? Comment!

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