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771 Ratings



Directed by Lamberto Bava
Italy, 1985
Horror, Thriller
  • English
  • English


Two girls are given free tickets to a special screening in an isolated movie theater. The film, a violent horror movie, exerts a malevolent influence over the theatre audience, who are transformed into a horde of crazed demons.

Demons Directed by Lamberto Bava
Born of a decade renowned for excess, Demons trumps (sorry) most other film within a film conceits by having a Super-80s-Movie-Within-A-Super-80s-Movie. Not only is the flick that our heroine ends up at filled with amazing hairstyles and fashion, but it also turns out that the mere act of beholding this Pandora’s Box irrationally unleashes an ancient evil.
March 02, 2017
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Where A Blade in the Dark is a minimalist giallo, Demons is a ballsy maximalist gore film. Recalling Phenomena (1985) (Dario Argento also produced Demons), wall-to-wall 80s rock accompanies and enhances the film’s abrupt tonal and rhythmic shifts from one scene to the next. A night at the cinema turns into a night of the demons.
March 02, 2016
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Begat by genuine Italian horror royalty, Demons might play like a wink-wink meta experiment if it wasn’t so masterfully crafted and so fucking fun to watch… Cinematographer Gianlorenzo Battaglia bathes his classical frames in equal amounts of blood and neon light. Goblin’s own Claudio Simonetti provides the eerie, pulsing score, paired with a head-banging 80s metal soundtrack. It’s a perfect example of exceeding through excess.
March 04, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Demons

    Bava's best represents the video nasty generation explicitly well. A group of movie goers are trapped in a theatre as demons begin to possess them mirroring the events taking place on screen. Sure its mostly nonsensical at times and the 80's soundtrack dates it but the film delivers on horror and gore quite well. Final twist is no surprise as the demon apocalypse arrives. Solid horror entertainment.

  • Landen Celano's rating of the film Demons

    I can't get over it. Clearly, it's not a masterpiece of cinema, and obviously not for everyone, but it has everything I want out of a horror movie. Camp, tongue-in-cheek gore, legit nightmarish images and landscapes, and a skeleton story that allows it to go to unexpected places.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Demons

    While the irony of the narratives connection to its horror-movie-within-a-movie metaness may turn out clever, it initially slugs the pace down (even the 20-odd minutes for things to go bonkers feels like eternity) but once it picks up it’s a weird kind of dumb-scary. As few films watched with unnatural and cheesy dubbing still remain frightening and exhilarating due to their sheer morbid gruesomeness as here.

  • EdieMaas's rating of the film Demons

    Masks, screens, mirrors... Where're the Lacanians at?! This is great! Much fun - minus the downer of an ending, in which the world devolves into some all-too-imaginable NRA wet dream scenario (analyze *that* dream). Plot holes so evenly distributed through the film that you wonder whether info wasn't actually strategically (gleefully?) *removed* from the script, in some diabolical stroke of directorial genius... 3.5

  • Renton47's rating of the film Demons

    Pretty ridiculous film filled with strange non-sequiturs and its fair share of deus ex machina... But also I'm won over by a film where puritans literally destroy a cinema to cure themselves of a curse which is much older than celluloid. Also shout out to Anguish (1987) which is a more affecting meta 'film to be watched in a cinema' experience.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Demons

    A crazy mixture with many reminiscences to earlier horror movies (like George Romero's zombie classics), but also - through the localization in the Western part of divided Berlin - with a strong political subtext that is emphasized in the end. A great idea is the analogy between fiction and film as means to build up tension and the destruction of the big screen as main starting point for the horror.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Demons

    A guilty pleasure for sure. Nothing in this movie makes much sense, the acting/dubbing is not very good and the story is ludicrous. However, this does not matter at all since everything in this movie is so fun and silly you can´t help but enjoy the ride. The gore is quite accomplished and suitably gooey and icky. And the part with the dirtbike and the sword just killed me. So crazy!!!

  • Lucas Granero's rating of the film Demons

    La premisa es sencillamente genial: un cine se transforma en el espacio donde una plaga de demonios invadirá la tierra. El desarrollo esta a la altura de tal comienzo con algunas de las mejores ideas visuales jamas pensadas para un exploitation típico de los 80's, que finaliza con lo que quizás sea el mas delirante "deus ex machina" de la historia del cine. Que todo esto funcione es un impensable logro de Bava Jr...

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