Plot: An eclectic group of people have arrived at the Metropol Theater, ready to see a movie they know nothing about. The tickets were free and handed out by a colorful, masked man, so interest in the event was inevitable. The lobby is filled with props that promote the movie, such as a motorbike and some creepy masks. When one of the patrons tries on a demonic looking mask, she gets some laughs from her friends, but also a small cut from the mask. As the film begins, it becomes clear it is a horror picture but this is no ordinary slasher movie. The girl with the cut soon experiences some startling changes, as she is soon turned into a demonic vessel. Soon she is lashing out at the other patrons and of course, blood is spilled and others turn into these demonic entities. Can anyone survive this demonic assault and what kind of dark forces are at work to create this cinematic bloodbath?

Entertainment Value: Demons was directed by Lamberto Bava, produced by Dario Argento, and features music from Claudio Simonetti. If that first sentence alone didn’t make you want to see this movie, I don’t know what else to talk about. Demons is a wild, over the top horror ride that is light on narrative, but runs roughshod with blood, great visual design, colorful characters, and memorable set pieces. The story is simple enough, a group of folks show up to see a free movie and instead find themselves battling demons and what not. The build is a little slow, but once we reach the Metropol, Demons rarely eases up on the horror elements. The cast is fine, with several well known genre regulars and most of the characters are given colorful personas to work with. The group thrown together to survive this horrific chaos is diverse, to be sure. I’m sure some will bemoan the lack of story depth or consistency, but Demons is a thrill ride and succeeds in what it aims to do. I’ve seen Demons countless times and it never ceases to entertain and be a total blast to watch.

A scene features a guy scraping cocaine off a girl’s breasts with a razor blade, which she loves until he breaks the skin. A cool scene, but sadly that the lone nakedness we have in Demons. But if you’re after blood, Demons is more than up to the task. This movie is almost non stop violence once the Metropol is open for business, with great looking effects that ooze, spurt, and gush all kinds of fluids. There’s a ton of blood here and the gore set pieces are impressive, all a gore hound could want. The creature effects are on point as well, so the possessed people look awesome here. The transformations stand out too, with some nasty visuals that will either delight or sicken. This is steady, varied, and well crafted gore, a real treat for those with a blood lust. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, which yields some humorous moments of dialogue. Some nice quotable lines and just solid writing that adds a lot to the movie. Demons is balls to the wall horror, with great effects and some off the rails moments. Riding a motorbike inside a theater while cutting down demons with a katana is a highlight, for sure. A lot of fun, wild moments, so Demons earns a solid score.

Nudity: 1/10

Blood: 10/10

Dialogue: 5/10

Overall Insanity: 6/10

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