Dèmoni (Demons) (1985)




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Italian horror auteur Dario Argento produced and co-wrote (with director Lamberto Bava) this gory, nightmarish horror film set almost entirely within the "Metropol," a huge, cathedral-like Berlin cinema showing an invitation-only screening of a rather lame slasher film. The difference, of course, is that the cheap scares on the Metropol's screen are child's play compared to the horrors which soon emerge to lay hold of the unsuspecting filmgoers: when a young woman is scratched by part of a display in the theatre lobby, she begins to mutate into a fanged, slavering creature who then attacks other audience members, spreading the demonic infection until only a handful of survivors are forced to combat rampaging armies of inhuman beasts, making the latter portion of the film resemble Night of the Living Dead. A handful of sequels followed; there's a little "reward" for those who stick around for the end credits. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Art House & International , Horror
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Natasha Hovey
as Cheryl
Fiore Argento
as Hannah
Nicoletta Elmi
as Ingrid, the Usher
Guido Baldi
as Tommy
Sally Day
as Carla
Eliana Hoppe
as Edith, woman in tent (Horror Film)
Jasmine Maimone
as Nancy (Horror Film)
Marcello Modugno
as Bob (Horror Film)
Peter Pitsch
as Baby Pig
Alex Serra
as Werner
Michele Soavi
as Man in Black / Jerry (Horror Film)
Claudio Spadaro
as Liz's lover
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Critic Reviews for Dèmoni (Demons)

All Critics (9)

A movie that can support the descriptions "awesome!" and "stupid!" in equal measure.

Full Review… | October 31, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

A classic party movie that you have to watch with friends and a load of beer because you will not be bored at all...

Full Review… | May 25, 2010
Cinema Crazed

...the film's performances, dialogue, and storyline all [suffer] from an unmistakable vibe of incompetence.

Full Review… | October 11, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Demons is probably Lamberto's best film, not because it approaches Mario's work, but because it's so ludicrously entertaining.

Full Review… | October 4, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

It's repetitive and borderline pretentious, without the over-the-top looniness that distinguishes the better Italian splatter.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

It doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's not wanting for gore and creepiness.

November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Dèmoni (Demons)


Nobody can say that Bava doesn't have complete control of his camera, but when it comes to everything else - performances, dialogue, mise-en-scène and even his sense of geography in the scenes -, it's all ridiculous and hilarious in the same measure, especially those amazing gory moments.

Carlos Magalhães
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Intentionally over-the-top, unintentionally funny and literally oozing with cultish je ne sais quoi.

Randy Tippy
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