Demonia (1990)

1.0 out of 5

With the increasing importance of television the golden age of filone was at an end. Ghostly nuns, as with Nazis of Sodoma's Ghost, existing as mere phantoms of a golden age of exploitation cinema. Question marks prompt us to answer "what has become of you Italian horror?".

With Meg Register occupying a role better suited to Catriona MacColl, as indicated by the character choice of Liza, Demonia gives little nods in the direction of City Of The Living Dead, The Black Cat and even The Beyond. There is possibly even a brief stylistic homage to the work of Jess Franco as a monastery is introduced with a sharp string scare chord.

Despite a powerful human wishbone scene Demonia is all pretty flat. As a final epitaph to the great era of the Italian B movie genre stalwart Al Cliver is despatched in a way that classical actors such as Sir John Gielgud could only dream of. A career demise brought about by a topless nun firing a harpoon.

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