Giving up a killer combination of mass hysteria over a heavy metal soundtrack and a knowing self awareness, it’s surprisingly ingenious and in many ways in which on a par with fashionable day meta cinema such as Scream and therefore the Cabin within the Woods.
The story involves a bunch of characters all drawn one fateful evening to the menacing Metropol cinema for a free screening. Entering the building stuffed with posters for Terminator, Nosferatu and Argento’s own Four Flies on Grey Velvet they are confronted by a wierd statue astride a dirt bike holding a samurai sword. There’s conjointly a demonic mask that one amongst the punters playfully puts on, realising once removing it that it has somehow cut her face.
As the lights go down and also the movie starts the audience realises, much to many of their disappointments, that they are regarding to observe a horror film. As many of them moan, others create out. Then they, and we have a tendency to, watch the untitled movie showing a bunch of teenage youngsters uncovering the burial ground of the prophet Nostradamus. In doing therefore, they find alongside his remains a mask bearing a disturbing resemblance to the one found in the cinema foyer.
From here life starts to imitate art as the horror truly begins in each films collectively of the cast is turned on screen into hideous creature that brutally murders his mate.
In turn, in the cinema the woman with the cut realises its still bleeding before heading for the theatre’s toilets. Soon, she too transforms into a puss faced monster and begins a rampage spreading her demonic possession onto everyone she attacks.
Wonderfully random, Demons offers no reasons on why or how the demonic outbreak originated, preferring action over explanation and rightly thus. From its stalker opening, where a metal faced masked man seems to 1 of the most girls as she rides the Berlin metro, to the chaotic climax which reveals the true extent of the hellish infection, Demons is a non-stop thrill ride that can keep you entertained from its ominous open to its fantastic end.
Brilliantly shot by Bava, the cinema setting works wonderfully on every level. Firstly as a labyrinthine prison trapping the unfortunate audience as they are besieged by marauding monsters; and secondly in its contribution to the film’s post modern awareness of the horror genre as a full, amplified to the enth degree currently it’s filtered through the fog of nostalgia that fans currently have for the horror movies of the 80’s.
The script at the start constantly references not solely the cinematic experience, however horror itself. The characters mock the film at intervals the film while conjointly acting out all the responses to it that the viewer themselves can be performing when Demons becomes a hell for leather horror film.
And become one it does but, with such an innovative and original storyline opening, the movie Demons’ descent into a customary action horror crammed with all the clichés – previously acted out in the film at intervals the film – is not only inevitable but welcome. We become trapped in the fun of the killing and also the chaos, helped along by excellent effects and some sensational set pieces.
Re-released recently by Arrow in a very wonderful special edition, Demons may be a must see horror movie mixing along pure, blood-splattered entertainment. It gives a deconstruction of the genre from the inside out, providing an intellectual joy ride which can have you thinking, laughing and screaming all at the identical time.