Night Of The Demons (1988)

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A bunch of kids decide to have a party in an old house, there happen to be demons in that very same house and then when the demons are unleashed, death and gratuitous nudity ensues. If that sounds like the perfect storyline for you then it might just be one of your favourite horror movies ever.

Many people (okay, many horror fans, to be specific) have fond memories of this movie and it’s always with slight trepidation that you revisit an old movie to see if it’s still as good as you used to think it was. Luckily, this is.

It has something for everyone (well, everyone who happens to be male, I suppose). From a fun title sequence to a shoplifting scam involving cunning use of Linnea Quigley’s behind to the “mirror” scene to the full on demonic fun, this is a blast from start to finish. And let’s not forget that wild lipstick moment . . . . . you’ll know it when you see it.

The script from Joe Augustyn may not be the strongest ever but it the direction by Kevin Tenney makes up for this. Horror fans will definitely enjoy the moments most reminiscent of “Raimi-cam” as the demonic power awakes and investigates.

The girls are cute. Amelia Kinkade is great fun as Angela while Linnea Quigley proves that she became a fan favourite more through quantity than quality (I love her to bits but her performance here is often “off-kilter” to say the least) and Allison Barron is saddled with being pitifully useless in places. The guys are . . . . male, and it’s Alvin Alexis who only makes a good impression with an interesting character who veers between the understandably petrified to the traditionally heroic. The death scenes are well done with some good gore effects and, unlike some horrors from the era, this actually keeps a good sense of atmosphere and even tension throughout. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still fun first and foremost but it offers some nice, freaky moments that should please most genre fans.

DIRECTOR: KEVIN TENNEY
CAST: AMELIA KINKADE, LINNEA QUIGLEY, ALLISON BARRON, ALVIN ALEXIS
RUNTIME: 90 MINS APPROX
COUNTRY: USA

Film Rating: ★★★½☆

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