All right, classic
splatter fans--sit down, shut up, and brace yourself as Bava and
Argento bring us more eighties survival splatter in "Demons
If you're already looking
askance at this piece and muttering at your monitor: "Hey...wait
a second. Wasn't the end of "Demons" basically an 'end
of the world' scenario with people bugging out to the countryside
because the cities were jam-packed with cannibalistic, fanged,
demonic subhumans hell-bent on murder, mayhem and lunching up
the populace?", you're not alone. Seriously, I thought much
the same thing. And don't worry--there's a rational explanation.
As far as I can tell,
the whole point here is that one year after the massacre at the
Metropol, a giant wall has been erected around the section of
the city that was first attacked by demons. Intrepid--possibly
idiotic--amateur journalists climb the wall looking for a story.
And as Sally, a girl about to celebrate a birthday with friends,
watches the footage in her high-rise apartment building, demons
crawl out of the television and turn her into one. Oh, and for
some reason, she's got acid blood.
By now you're probably
wondering what the hell Bava and Argento were on when they wrote
Ah, but much like the
original "Demons", we don't need some fancy storyline
to make this sucker jump up and tapdance. No...all we need is
a quasi-plausible excuse for some good-old-fashioned bloodfeasting
tearassing around and people getting ripped apart by cannibalistic,
fanged, demonic subhumans hell-bent on murder, mayhem, and of
course, lunching up the populace.
If that's what you
came here for, survival horror buffs who like it hot and squishy,
then man, are you ever gonna get it in spades.
Plus, there will be
a few new wrinkles from this demonic foray--including demon children
and evil zombie dogs named "Davey".
actually represents a significant step up from "Demons"
because, while it takes place in a slightly larger space, there
are actually a whole lot more demons running around than there
were, thus allowing more to be done. It's almost an issue of density.
The ending, meanwhile,
will pack a whole lot of carnage and put a serious test on some
folks' barricading skills. Not to mention the tensile strength
of one poor bastard's sack. Man, that crossed my legs just watching
The special features
include a commentary track, English closed captions, and trailers
for "Demons", "Demons 2", "Phenomena",
"Tenebre", "Re-Animator", and "Phantasm".
All in all, "Demons
2" should prove to be a very satisfactory survival horror
experience. Survival horror buffs will definitely love this monster,
but even the regular horror buffs should get sufficient thrill
out of it to make a rental.
Directed by Lamberto Bava
Written by Lamberto Bava, Dario Argento
Starring David Knight, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi Tassoni,
Produced by Dario Argento
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