Demons 2 / Dèmoni 2: L'incubo ritorna (1986)

2.5 out of 5

A documentary broadcasting the aftermath of the original's events, releases a demon from a teenage girl's television set and to reek more havoc on trapped inhabitants of a high-rise apartment complex.

Bava and Argento team up again to deliver an even more zany and incoherent set of events that surpasses the ludicrousness of Demoni. The setting change from a movie theater to an apartment complex is effective because it allows for more flexibility when following all of the different characters' plights throughout the film. From a viewer's perspective, this also shatters the sanctity of one's home by bringing the threat into typical communal living via the television. And this was long before Sadako was performing the same act in Ringu.

Wrongfully regarded as a lesser compliment to the original. Not many sequels can claim to have a demon teleporting out of a TV set, a demonic muppet-looking thingy, a zombie battle royale in a car garage, the worst birthday party ever, another ridiculous car accident, and a dead pimp from the original who returns as a fitness instructor in this installment. While the plot is even thinner than that of its predecessor, the grotesque transformations, gore and horror sequences are equally as enjoyable. And isn't that what makes the Demoni films worthwhile?

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