Night Of The Demons (1988)

Directed By: Kevin Tenney
Written By: Joe Augustyn
Starring: Alvin Alexis
  Billy Gallo
  Allison Barron
  Linnea Quigley
Night Of The Demons

I had fond memories of this, dating back to when I was just a nipper. I remember being 13 and mistaking it for a sequel to Bava’s awesome Demons flicks… I bought it on VHS, and ran home to watch it. Needless to say, that scruffy 13 year old absolutely adored this flick.

The plot is paper-thin and as original as any rubbish B-flick. Your standard group of teens go to a spooky house to have a party, while on the way to the house there is a big section of clunky exposition (“this house is cursed… blah… blah…”). A power outage halts the party, so in an effort to continue having fun, one of the protagonists suggests they do a past life séance. For those of you who don’t know what a past life séance is, shame on you! Obviously, a past life séance is when a group of people hold hands in front of a mirror which then shows you how you looked in a past life. Feel stupid now, eh? This being a horror movie, something in the séance goes a bit pear-shaped when they accidentally release a demon which appears to be made of twigs. The demon possesses a couple of the characters and makes them show their boobs and stuff, which is fine. Some people die in fairly standard (but still kinda gross) ways such as ye olde thumbs in the eye sockets and so on.

There is a lot to love about the film: a liberal splashing of gore, a ridiculous premise (a past life séance in front of a mirror? wtf?), Linnea Quigley showing her assets and make-up FX that is pretty swish for a fairly basic production. The acting is balls though, and the scene where Linnea’s character pushes lipstick into her nipple really freaks me out.

I revisited this because Adam Gierasch is remaking it, and while Mother of Tears was a half baked pile of crap, I did thoroughly enjoy Autopsy (or Mercy or whatever it’s called this week). It’s going to have Tiffany Shepis in it, who holds a special place in my heart as Super Tromette Bullimia. So fingers crossed for that one. I don’t know if she will be playing Angela, or a Suzanne-like character but I’m pretty sure she will get her wabs out like Linnea.

This film is pretty good, but easily forgettable. It’ll never make it into my top 50, but is nonetheless, 90 minutes of solid gore-based fun.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

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