Night of the Demons (2009)
Directed By: Adam Gierasch
Starring: Shannon Elizabeth, Monica Keena, Edward Furlong, Diora Baird, Bobbi Sue Luther, Michael Copon, Linnea Quigley
Subgenre: Demons & Possession, Haunted House
I found myself sitting in my recliner a couple nights ago wanting to watch a horror flick, but too lazy to go upstairs to pick one out. I brought up Netflix on the old PS3 to see what caught my eye. Bam! Night of the Demons remake. Winner, winner, chicken dinner. I was in the mood for some mindless filler and this looked to foot the bill.
I have to admit to not seeing and of the original flicks in this franchise; it’s probably close to the top of movies I should see, as that list is always getting smaller. There really are not that many classic, cult, or iconic horror movies that managed to escape me the last twenty years or so.
The flick starts with a little flashback, filmed in a sepia tone, letting us know that this house has some serious infestation issues. We are not talking termites here, but demons! We cut to present day where a somewhat haggard looking Shannon Elizabeth is setting up the mother of all Halloween bashes at the same house. While still plenty hot, she sure has aged since American Pie.
Anyways, we get to see the party goers getting ready to go, including a totally burnt out looking Edward Furlong who plays a drug dealer (surprise!). There is also a group of girls that seem to frequent the plastic surgeon. There is no way these girls are gonna drown with those flotation devices. As you can see, things are lining up nicely for a good little horror flick. We have B-list actors, girls with obnoxiously fake tits, a pretty cool setting, and a decent premise.
Just as the party is getting going, the police bust up the bash, telling everyone to go home. A few stragglers stay behind for various reasons and get locked in the house. They soon discover a hidden room in the basement with six skeletons. Angela (Shannon Elizabeth) tries to pry a gold tooth out of the mouth of one of them but the skeleton clamps down on the would be gold-digger, triggering the demon transformation (naturally). Angela proceeds to make-out with anyone that slows down, infecting them with demonitis. Apparently, the demons need to possess enough live bodies in one night to come back and rule the world (or something to that effect).
There is a good old fashioned showdown between the party stragglers and demons, including some pretty nasty scenes, particularly the disappearing lipstick trick. I once saw something close to that in Mexico, but that is another story.
I think Night of the Demons accomplished what it set out to do. It was a fun, gory good time that didn’t take itself too seriously. Some of the FX could have been better. It was supposed to be a theatrical release, but eventually debuted direct to video. I think it would have done decently at the box office, and is better than some of the other Hollywood crap that oozes into the theatres. Of course, I can’t compare it to the original, not yet at least.