Demons 2: The Nightmare Returns

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Writer-producer Dario Argento and director Lamberto Bava follow up their gory shocker Demoni with this derivative sequel, basically a carbon-copy of the original. Whereas the first film featured demonic forces emerging from a horror movie to possess theater patrons, this new crop of demons enters the world when a young girl watches the same horror movie on television. Emerging from the TV screen (in a shot reminiscent of Videodrome), the evil forces swiftly take over a high-rise apartment building, transforming tenants into fanged, slobbering marauders. Sealed off within the building, the occupants quickly fall prey to the beasts (not even the family dog is immune to demonic influence) and are either eaten alive or possessed themselves. Despite some clever makeup effects and well-mounted shocks, Demoni 2 falls far short of its predecessor... which itself seemed derivative of George A. Romero's Dead trilogy, the wellspring of choice for so many Italian horror filmmakers throughout the 80's.

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Audience Reviews for Demons 2: The Nightmare Returns

  • Sep 14, 2012
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2012
    I actually enjoyed this more than the original. It's pretty much a remake, in the same way that Evil Dead 2 is a remake of the original but like that film this film is a little slicker and if the performances are a still a little dodgy the effects are pretty fun and the gore is as intense as normal. It's not great or classic horror but it's entertaining and it's interesting to see how 'Ringu' and 'Rec' both nicked ideas from here.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2012
    ** out of **** In Lamberto Bava's "Demons", a private showing of a never-before-seen horror film at a city theater called "The Metropol" meant death for all those who attended the screening; as the reels of the film came with a deadly curse. The movie-within-a-movie was about the discovery of ancient artifacts of demonic lore; and thus, the theater would seem swarm with fast-running yet zombie-like demons. It was a clever mash-up of the kind of sensibilities brought up by classics such as "Night of the Living Dead" and the films of Hershell Gordon Lewis. For me, it was a night at the movies to remember; and to others, it's an exploitative gore-fest made specifically for the gore hounds, and lacking in all substance. They're right. Now, Lamberto (who is the son of Mario Bava) has made "Demons 2". Perhaps it takes place at the same time as the first film, but just in a different place; the setting this time around is in a large apartment building, on the night of one girl's birthday party. The birthday girl isn't having much of a good time at all - in spite of the loud music that is so gleefully pumping and the large selections of various desserts and foods that have been prepared - and thus, she retires to her bedroom and starts watching a television program that is airing on that particular night. Little does she know, the program that is being broadcast has the same conditions as the film screened in The Metropol from the first film. It's a show about demons; and in an instant, one of the in-movie villains pops out of the screen and attacks the woman. She then becomes a demon; infecting everyone else present at the party, and soon the whole building. It would seem that this horror sequel fared well with genre fans as well as avid gore-hounds; but it didn't exactly impress me. I'm a big fan of "Demons" and I'd even go so far as to call it great, classic, but undeniably guilty entertainment; I have seen it so many times, and each time I love it. My prediction for "Demons 2" is that I won't be so eager and quick to revisit it in the future; because on the first try, I really didn't enjoy myself. "Demons" created a very large mountain for Bava to climb; and he only makes it to the half-way point. Once again, he displays unique visual style; but this time around, he just lacks the ambition and "what the hell" attitude that made the original work so well. Some people appear to have been able to look past my main complaints; good for them. I'm just not seeing it. Returning from "Demons" is the lame (but funny) dialogue, the poorly fleshed-out characters, and fan favorite Bobby Rhodes (who plays a gymnast here instead of his "Tony the Pimp" character from the first film). You might notice that I didn't mention a return of the outlandishly over-the-top gore effects from the first film; and that is because in all honesty, it just isn't there. Sure, "Demons 2" has a few good, inspired scenes of gruesome deformation and mutilation, but it still feels like a big step down from the daring material on display in "Demons". I know, I know. I've been comparing "Demons 2" to its predecessor perhaps a bit too much; but how else could I go about reviewing it? There is no other way to vent my frustration and disappointment other than to consistently bring up just how much Bava's debut feature set up for the bigger, and literally "badder" sequel. While "Demons 2" is far from a bad film, it fails to provide the sort of wild, likably ridiculous ride that you'd expect given its awesome premise. Others might think just a little differently, and if you like the original film, you might want to check this one out; but underwhelming gore and a few good laughs can't make up for a lack of soul and a lack of genuine entertainment value. I'm sorry to say; but "Demons 2" may just be one of the most potentially fun but boring films ever made.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2011
    Divided opinions by users: some say its better ("more entertaining"), some say its worse. I say it is funnier :D. Less serious in tone, a little bit less gorier overall but with some Troma-like characters thrown in without the preposterous and forced humor. Demonic camp at its best, so I'm sorry for those mainstream Gremlins fans! That baby demon is hilarious! 82/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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