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Review: Night Of The Demons

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It’s Halloween, and ten assorted teens have assembled for a night of debauchery.  The ‘creepy girl,’ Angela has chosen Hull House as the scene; an abandoned funeral parlor that is now steeped in urban legend.  As Frannie says, ‘I’ve heard stories about this place ever since I was a kid. The Hull Family met a pretty gruesome end.’
Judy, the ‘good girl,’ goes to the party with her boyfriend, Jay, who seems nice, but is actually a jerk.  Also attending are Max, Judy’s ex-boyfriend who seems like a jerk but is actually nice; Stooge, the fat jock; Helen, the shy girl; and Roger, the black guy.  The characters are mostly just fodder for the pandemonium that follows, and aren’t really explored beyond the traits I’ve listed, but they are more than sufficient for the story being told.

As cliched as the characters may be, the plot drags them in unexpected directions.  The teens that survived in the end are not the ones I predicted at the start of the film.

The last member of the party is the slutty girl, Suzanne, played by the famous scream queen, Linnea Quigley.  She’s the first to be possessed, though the possessed Angela (whom Suzanne infects by kissing) is the leader of the demons (she’s the one in the movie poster).  I guess that as the host of the party, the demons recognize her as a leader.

The teens pair off and wander throughout the house looking for places to have sex; meanwhile, the possession spreads from person to person, until all but a few of the kids are turned into hideous monsters.

The make-up effects are quite good.  Mostly, they mimic injuries (as the teens turn into demons after they’re murdered in gory ways) though Angela, as the leader, is a little uglier.  One of the stand out scenes is Suzanne’s fake breasts, which she stabs a lipstick tube into.  They look a little rubbery, but are a good likeness for the real things.

There’s a kind of lightness to the movie.  It’s not outright humor, but the tone is more colorful than horrific.  It’s somewhat like The Return of the Living Dead, or Nightmare on Elm Street; there are very violent moments, and some shock scares, but the monsters are a little too wacky to be frightening.  It seems to be very typical of ’80s teen horror.

While not terribly effective as a scary movie,  Night of the Demons is a lot of fun.  It incorporates virtually all the elements of ’80s horror that I love.

For a great Halloween night double feature, watch this and the more recent Trick R Treat.