Plot: Cory (Eric Larson) has a troubled family past, with mysterious deaths and encounters, but he is determined to find some answers. He has invited a group of his friends to join him in the rural countryside, where he hopes to find the farmhouse that belonged to his grandparents. After all, if his family is cursed, he needs to find out so that he can avoid a similar fate. His friends are a colorful bunch, perhaps none as colorful as Chuck (Stephen Quadros), a magician who also happens to be a master of the martial arts. The group finds locals unwilling to provide information, but soon pieces together that the land was involved in some conflicts between good and evil. Some of those spirits remain at the site as well, awoken by the recent arrivals and looking to possess and conquer the circle of friends. Can Cory figure out a way to survive and end the family curse, or will he simply be the next victim?
Entertainment Value: A movie that features Stephen Quadros as a magician with martial arts skills doesn’t come along often, so when it does, you need to make sure you don’t miss it. Demon Wind is a colorful low rent horror movie that does indeed have Quadros as a magician who roundhouse kicks aluminum cans and gives flowers to the ladies, but it also has some other stuff as well. A thick Evil Dead vibe is present in this one, with some wild creatures and goopy effects, as well as rampant demons and wall fixtures that desire to kill. The movie also drips with 80s culture, from the clothes to the lingo to yes, even a mullet. The narrative doesn’t make much sense, but the movie never tries too much to explain it, instead giving us quirky and offbeat moments. The cast is fine, with Quadros as a standout with a memorable entrance and the others are in line with what you’d expect from a low rent horror movie from this period. Not the best acting obviously, but it is always fun to watch and the characters are colorful, which is always welcome. If you’re a fan of off the wall horror from the 80s, Demon Wind is right in your wheelhouse. It is rough around the edges, but never disappoints in terms of wackiness and entertainment.
Just one instance of nakedness, when a beautiful demon calls out while exposing her breasts to lure in potential victims. A short scene, but the camera is generous, so it is a solid burst of naked flesh. On the blood side, we have some fun low rent effects, but the real star of the show is the creature effects work. A host of wild makeup effects and goopy set pieces pop up, with solid craftsmanship and creative touches. So it still looks a little jank, but is head and shoulders above the usual creature effects seen in movies of this kind. I loved the weird bald alien look, as well as all the gross drippy and oozing elements involved with the monster effects. But some traditional bloodshed is here as well, with some fun bursts of gore. The dialogue offers some humorous moments, all bolstered by quirky performances. The 80s lingo adds some laughs, with a number of quotable and ridiculous exchanges sprinkled throughout. I also love the total cringe level line of “a moon for the misbegotten” when a girl tries to lighten the mood by revealing her panties. On the craziness side, the entrance of Stephen Quadros is a minor masterpiece, with an oddball magician persona that transitions into martial arts that involves an aluminum can. Just spectacular stuff. The movie also has little rhyme or reason involved, which leads to strange moments and with this band of colorful folks, those moments really shine. The movie really unravels toward the finale, in a super fun, off the rails series of events. A lot of weirdness in Demon Wind and it certainly earns some solid points.
Overall Insanity: 7/10