Demons 2 - The Nightmare Returns (1987)
Movie InfoA high-end apartment complex is the setting for demonic disaster in this like-minded splatter sequel to the 1986 cult hit Demons. A spoiled young woman named Sally (Coralina Cataldi Tassoni) is hosting her own birthday party in her apartment. Other characters in the building include a man (David Knight) and his pregnant wife (Nancy Brilli), a little boy who is alone for the evening, and a gym full of workout maniacs. In each apartment, televisions are all tuned to a horror film in which a group of young people find evidence of demons which precedes their becoming possessed. Upset that an ex-boyfriend is coming to her party, Sally goes into her room and turns on the film. A demon bursts through her television. Moments later, the possessed Sally enters the party and slaughters all of her guests, turning them into demons. The possession spreads throughout the building as tenant after tenant is transformed, leading to a furious battle between the exercise fanatics and a pack of demons. The young husband manages to stay alive and makes a desperate attempt to save his wife -- who is being tormented by the now-possessed little boy. He rescues her after the demon child gives "birth" to a Gremlins-style demon and the couple make a dangerous attempt to rappel down the outside of the tower with the raving, drooling Sally in hot pursuit. ~ Patrick Legare, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Demons 2 - The Nightmare Returns
The level of "why the heck not?" enthusiasm that Bava and Argento evidently sank into this second chapter is addictive in the same way that a sugar rush can be.
...an even less interesting piece of work than its mediocre predecessor...
Director Lamberto Bava and co-writer Dario Argento keep things just this side of ludicrous and the result is gory fun.
... often laughable and unintentionally funny, but also -- surprisingly quite scary in some scenes.
Arty and scary horror flick.
Doesn't even compare to the original, but the blood and guts make it passable entertainment.
If you dug the first one, you'll probably enjoy about 30% of the sequel.
Audience Reviews for Demons 2 - The Nightmare Returns
Considering that the first Demons film was such a great experience to watch with terrific gore effects, a wicked concept and awesome soundtrack, you'd think that the sequel would be just as great. Well unfortunately this film has it flaws; nonetheless it's still a fun horror film for gore hounds everywhere. The first film was set in a theatre, but this time the setting shifts to an apartment building. I enjoyed the film, but I felt that the film could have been better. The effects were good, but compared to the first film, didn't even match the original. Another thing that was a slight disappointment was it felt that it was using the same formula established by the original Demons. Despite this, this film is fun from start to finish and it is nonetheless worth seeing if you loved the first film. The cast do a good job here, and Lamberto Bava does a good job as director. Bava has an effective understanding of how to create a tense and atmospheric horror film, and he most certainly does that with Demons 2. His understanding of how to create good gore to elevate the film's plot is what makes him standout. As a whole, this is a satisfying sequel that has minor flaws, but it does entertain enough to be a memorable little chiller. The special effects though not as great as the first still look good and are the standout aspect of the film. This film is good from start to finish, just don't expect it to as great as the original.More
Okay, first of all, anybody who is expecting The English Patient from a movie called "Demons 2" will be sorely disappointed. This is an 80s low-budget Italian horror movie and as such has serious plot, dubbing and acting problems. That said, this is actually a very good movie for the genre.
The connection to the original movie is a bit blurry but it does try to connect the two together. Apparently somebody made a movie about the first incident, and it is this movie that "infects" a new building filled with badly-dubbed Italian actors.
The make-up effects are quite good, and the demons pretty unsettling. I'd say this movie is on par with the original Demons (largely because it is almost exactly the same movie). This is a pretty brutal movie. None of the humorous subtext that you'd find in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" sequels, "Scream" or most other modern horror movies. Nope. Just a bunch of people desperately fighting to survive, and not doing a very good job of it. They aren't all stupid either....they do try. Unfortunately the screenwriters arranged it so that all the windows are unbreakable, and the electric doors unable to be opened.
The movie also breaks some horror movie taboos as children were surprisingly made into victims.
On a lighter note, I would also say that this is the first horror movie I have ever seen (barring Antichrist/Second Coming films)in which a character goes into labor while fighting demons.
An entertaining horror movie.....Never looked at my watch once
Having revisited the film, I now find the similarities between the two films actually aids enjoyment rather than detracts from it. Furthermore, with expectations out of the way, there's far more unintentional comedy in the sequel than I had originally realized.More
I actually like this one better than the first Demons, because I think Bava is allowed more freedom and expression on his set. The plot may start slow and unsteady, but once the gore kicks in, this movie moves at the perfect pace for horror. I love the strong tone of trapped dense panic in the garage scene. This scene feels more realistic than Demons, as realistic as giallo is allowed to be .More
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