Demon Reviews

May 29, 2018
This is a portrait of Poland as a not-so-sweet little village, unable to move on from small-town xenophobia against Jews like Hana or modern outsiders like Piotr, even as its unresolved past returns, like a dybbuk, to reinhabit the present...
September 29, 2016
Though it's based on Piotr Rowicki's play Clinging, director Marcin Wrona's spirited staging keeps it from ever dissolving into canned theater.
September 23, 2016
"Demon" is a testament to a still-budding talent, and it would have been fascinating to see where he went next.
September 15, 2016
A chilling, eerie cautionary tale about the ghosts that continue to haunt Poland long after the war.
September 15, 2016
Wrona jumbles several genres together, including dark comedy, to illuminate larger, more ambitious themes.
September 15, 2016
Tonally the film recalls Andrzej Żuławski's shrieking psychodrama Possession, though the key to that movie was its inexplicability and Wrona's movie, with its conventional horror backstory, is much less perplexing.
September 14, 2016
The exquisitely shot "Demon" is not gory or particularly scary, but it has its fair share of chills.
September 9, 2016
Wrona keeps everything creepily ambiguous right up to the end, when the foggy dawn breaks and what we have witnessed becomes like a dream within a dream.
September 9, 2016
Demon ranks up there with The Witch and The Babadook as one of the best recent horror films.
Top Critic
September 8, 2016
It's comedy, as much as the eerie atmosphere and Tiran's very physical performance, that distinguishes Demon from routine ghost stories.
September 8, 2016
Perhaps it's best to appreciate "Demon" not for what it implies but for what it simply and unmistakably is: A bravura testament to a talent silenced far too soon.
September 8, 2016
It's also so weighted down with mysticism and metaphor it forgets to quicken your pulse or whiten your knuckles.
September 8, 2016
More interesting than the horror imagery is the film's painfully somber message-no matter how far we try to run, the sins of history surround us always.
September 6, 2016
Nailing a tricky sense of physical anarchy (as well as some far subtler domestic tensions), Marcin Wrona's Polish import is an eerie, extraordinarily poised piece of horror.
August 31, 2016
The film has a powerful undercurrent suggesting the feverish workings of a troubled yet brilliant mind.
August 29, 2016
Ambiguity is a worthy artistic goal, of course. But when Demon ends, the audience is left to sort through a thicket of dangling plot threads.
August 29, 2016
Things head eventually in an abstract direction that may have played better onstage than it does here ("we must forget what we didn't see here," guests are eventually instructed), but a compelling atmosphere lingers.