Night of the Demon (1980)

Posted: October 8, 2017 in Movie Review
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Directed By: James C. Wasson
Starring: Michael Cutt, Joy Allen, Bob Collins, Jody Lazarus, Rik Fields, Michael Lang, Wanda McGinty, Shannon Cooper, Ray Jerris

Synopsis: A professor and his students trek into the wildnerness to search for Bigfoot. Bad news; they found him.

Thoughts: In a lot of ways, this movie epitomizes the 80s independant horror scene for me. It’s a pretty basic story, but one that works. The camera work is not good, nor is the lighting. There are some scenes that you can barely see because they are so dark. The imagination of the film makers far exceeded their budget, but there were some pretty impressive scenes, both of which I am sure contributed to this making the BBFC’s Video Nasty list.

The first scene is without a doubt where Bigfoot surprises a guy taking a leak in the bushes and proceeds to rip of the old bait and tackle. Between the full frontal shot and genital mutilation, the BBFC cronies may have shut off the tape after this one scene, but later in the movie, there is another pretty great scene. Towards the end of the movie, Bigfoot busts into the cabin and deals some major damage, forcing one poor victim’s face into a stove and using the disemboweled intestines as another as a weapon.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not a good movie. The acting is pretty atrocious, and like I mentioned, there are times you can barely see the screen. Yet, with all it’s deficiencies, it has some charm to it. I’ve watched this 3 or 4 times since really getting interested in the Video Nasties. There are plenty of the Nasties that I wouldn’t rewatch.

If you’re a Bigfoot fan, or interested in the Video Nasties, check this out. Otherwise, I can’t really recommend this one.

How Nasty Is It?
I’d be willing to place a wager that the BBFC needed nothing more than one scene to place this on the list. Full frontal nudity, followed by Bigfoot ripping off a guys junk probably induced some horrified groans. There are a couple of scenes that are pretty gruesome as well, but nothing out of sorts from the early 80s.


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