Demons / Dèmoni (1985)

5.0 out of 5

Moviegoers realise, all too late, that the events they are viewing on screen are becoming all too real. Sores of green puss burst, salivating tongues elongate from mouths, puss spews from blackened lips, claws painfully replace human hands as fingernails are slowly squeezed from their roots. Teeth fall to the ground as rows of razor sharp fangs push their way through bloody and swollen gums. Veins pulsate and transform into sickly shades of black and green and once human eyes now blaze with the fiery reds of Hell.

The theatre has succumbed to that of the Demons and the few survivors who remain must seek a means to escape.

Filmed in West Berlin and based on a story by Dardano Sacchetti, produced and with a screenplay by horror maestro Dario Argento and directed by Lamberto Bava, featuring fantastic eye popping effects from Sergio Stivaletti which include the memorable make up for genre favourite Geretta Geretta, portraying perhaps the scariest demon ever!

Demons is one hell of a roller coaster ride, from opening to finish, boasting strong creepy atmosphere, claustrophobic cinematography, stylish lighting and a bold use of colour. Grisly and gory deaths abound here as the entire theatre complex turns into a brutal massacre and an endless bloodbath that leads up and down darkened aisles, stairs and halls and even through the tightly confined spaces of an air shaft.

These scenes are all heightened by the pounding beat of a classic metal/rock soundtrack featuring Billy Idol, Rick Springfield, Motley Crue, Scorpions, Accept, Saxon, Go West and with an original haunting, electrifying score by Goblin's Claudio Simonetti. Demons is simply a must for all true horror fans and gore hounds. Italian horror doesn't get any better than this.

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