Night Of The Demons (2010)

Night of the Demons 2010 is a puerile mistake. It is a failed pastiche attempt that tragically doesn’t meet expectations. The soundtrack is awesome and Edward Furlong is very good, but otherwise it fails to excel. Unless you’re under thirteen or incredibly drunk, you’re better off watching the original instead.

Broussard Mansion has a disturbing, bloody history. Over eighty years ago, Evangeline Broussard hung herself and her party guests disappeared – a mystery no one has every solved. Years later, and the mansion has become host to another party – an illegal Halloween party!

Maddie (Monica Keena) and her two friends attend this lush, exclusive gig, and everything goes brilliantly until the cops show up and kick everyone out. Maddie and her friends remain, along with five others, hoping to continue the fun. The fun, however, is quickly booted out the window as an ancient curse attacks the group.

The seven party-goers suddenly find themselves targets of evil demon spirits, hell-bent on ripping flesh and possessing them for their nefarious reasons. Realizing history is quickly repeating itself, the fast dwindling group must put aside their differences and find a way to survive…the Night of the Demons.

Okay, the plot is paper thin and utterly unoriginal, but those who’ve seen the 1988 Night of the Demons will know it’s not supposed to be a serious horror, nor a violent exploitation film, nor even that scary – it’s supposed to be stupid and funny and sleazy and bloody and crazy. Adam Gierasch’s remake does tick these boxes, but it needs to do more than just recreate an old formula.

Night of the Demons 2010 is so perfunctory it seems like Gierasch literally ticked some boxes, ensuring it had all the correct ingredients in his mad pie, but it feels like he forgot to cook it and left out the warmth of character, pace, style and excitement. A lot happens, but in such a random and confused manner it’s hard to concentrate on. Yes, it worked back in 1988, but today audiences expect more. Much more. Instead we receive a film that feels like it was made in the 80’s, but without the charm of having actually been made then. It’s just a sad pastiche that is wholly disappointing.

Gierasch himself claimed he wanted to make a horror film his seventeen year old self would like – perhaps he’s achieved this, because it seems like a seventeen year old actually made the film. It’s full of boobs and blood, but not in a tongue-in-cheek, knowing way. It’s instead rather childish, occasionally amateurish and slightly embarrassing. The dialogue for the women is especially immature, written like a teenage boy would imagine nubile boob-flashing females speak when not in the presence of men. It’s an awkward first scene.

There are, however, genuinely great things about Night of the Demons 2010. The soundtrack is ace, smashing out tracks by The Misfits, TSOL and 45 Grave, and Edward Furlong does very well with what he’s given. You actually feel a little embarrassed for him, having to deliver the terrible dialogue and run away from idiots wearing £5 Tesco Halloween masks. He’s good, but it doesn’t matter what he does, he’s still standing in a turd.

Despite there being a few good things with Night of the Demons 2010, there’s a huge amount wrong. It feels like writer Jace Anderson simply pieced together a load of random scenes that had no connection and Gierasch filmed them whilst giggling. For example, our witless protagonists flee into the cellar and are subsequently attacked by evil roots… with absolutely no explanation as to why. Can the demons manipulate trees à la Evil Dead? Are the foundations of the house possessed? Is it a dangerous overdose of Miracle Grow? Should we care? Possibly not.

There’s a genuine possibility Anderson and Gierasch intended to make a film so distinctly 80’s that it actually becomes a crappy 80’s horror film. But sadly it’s 2010, and modern audiences watch 80’s films knowing they’re a bit cack and accepting them like a racist granddad or an old dog sliding his knackers across the carpet. Funny and dirty, but ultimately a bit sad. Night of the Demons 2010 is hard to accept on a number of levels, and it’s slightly insulting to an audience member. Even if that audience happens to be a time-travelling 17 year old Adam Gierasch.

Night of the Demons 2010 is probably such an incredible disappointment because it comes from the same creative team who brought us the excellent, tongue-in-cheek 2008 horror Autopsy. Autopsy is original, scary, nasty, brutal, funny and lovingly wrapped in a wonderful Robert Patrick-shaped bow. Night of the Demons doesn’t ruin the Anderson / Gierasch team up, however, and there are still high hopes for their future forays into the world of horror films.

Night of the Demons 2010 is needless. Just watch the original. Gierasch’s version is a pastiche gone wrong, an aborted mistake that flaps around in a toilet bowl for ninety long minutes before being flushed away forever. It’s not diabolical, by any means, but it is surprisingly dull for something filled with blood, boobs and bad language. Grab a copy of the 1988 version in all it’s stupidly fun glory, but avoid the 2010 version.

Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

2 Comments on “Night Of The Demons”

  1. Sarah Law says:

    I actually liked this a bunch more than I thought I would and I was surprised you left out a few things. There were some nice touches, like the Linnea Quigley cameo and the Fulci inspired demon that I thought were worth mentioning. Also, what the hell did Monica Keena do to her face?! I just found her awful post-surgery mouth too distracting but aside from the silly ending, I quite enjoyed this. Not a patch on the original though but isn’t that the case with most remakes?

    • Scullion says:

      Cameos and Fulci-inspired demons are wonderful, I’m sure, but it doesn’t improve the film and certainly doesn’t give people a reason to see this.

      Some remakes improve the originals or go a completely different way in a decent fashion – see The Hills Have Eyes and Dawn of the Dead – whereas this was so childish and idiotic I found it hard to dig out the charm and enjoyment others may have found.

      Watching it drunk with friends may be a good distraction, but it’s not worth anyone’s full attention. I respect the makers, but not the film.

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