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Demons (1985)

Dèmoni (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 30 May 1986 (USA)
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A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons.

Director:

Lamberto Bava

Writers:

Dardano Sacchetti (original story), Dario Argento (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Urbano Barberini ... George
Natasha Hovey ... Cheryl
Karl Zinny ... Ken
Fiore Argento ... Hannah
Paola Cozzo ... Kathy
Fabiola Toledo ... Carmen
Nicoletta Elmi ... Ingrid, the usherette
Stelio Candelli Stelio Candelli ... Frank
Nicole Tessier Nicole Tessier ... Ruth
Geretta Geretta ... Rosemary (as Geretta Giancarlo)
Bobby Rhodes ... Tony
Guido Baldi Guido Baldi ... Tommy
Bettina Ciampolini ... Nina
Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano ... Hot Dog (as Giuseppe Cruciano)
Sally Day Sally Day ... Liz
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Storyline

Art imitating art is the basis of this demonic tale of a group of invited guests who are granted a free lunch in the form of a screening of a horror film that brings naturalism to life. Baited and penned in, this walled-in feeling quickly turns to screams and fear as those who are dead lust after the flesh of those living. The free lunch has turned full circle in the cinema of hell and it is only a question of time before the demons from the abyss are asking for second portions. Written by Cinema_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Their Evil Becomes an Orgy of Bloodshed See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demons See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

DACFILM Rome See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (Europe)| Mono (US version)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In Germany, this was released as sequel ("Dämonen 2") to the second film which was released as the first part ("Dämonen"). See more »

Goofs

Moviegoers find out that they can't leave the cinema - there is no way out. But when Metropol is shown from outdoors, we can see lightened rooms through the windows. Were characters too dumb to jump out from the windows or to take down using the rope? See more »

Quotes

[Tony and several other patrons have discovered one of the prostitutes face down on the stage. She has a huge neck wound from Rosemary's attack]
Tony the Pimp: There's some kind of madman loose in here!
[the prostitute's fingernails begin to develop claws]
Tony the Pimp: Son of a bitch! Shit!
[Now the woman's front teeth are falling out, and long, sharp fangs grow in to replace them. Her eyes have also become bloodshot]
Tony the Pimp: Get out! Everybody get away!
[the theater's patrons flee in a panic up the stairs]
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Alternate Versions

The Canadian video release on the Norstar label is the censored-for-Ontario version and is missing a few minutes of graphic footage. See more »


Soundtracks

Fast As A Shark
Performed by Accept
Courtesy of Breeze Music
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User Reviews

AN EXECELLENT INTRO INTO THE WORLD OF EURO-SPLATTER FILMS
26 September 2003 | by EVOL666See all my reviews

this is a fun, gory euro-horror film.

i'm a big fan of argento and the main reason this film and demons 2 work so well is because it is decidedly tame as far as story line is concerned.

very simple, people go to a screening of a film, and all gory hell breaks loose- 'nuff said.

i've been enthralled by almost everything dario argento has made, with the exception of "phantom of the opera" (with julian sands) and the one about bugs (i can't remember the title off-hand...). argento usually uses complex story lines along with gore to make his films work (which they often do in films like suspiria, tenebrae, opera, etc...). but this film is just balls-out blood and guts.

9/10 - great euro-gore


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