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Truth About Demons (2000)

The Irrefutable Truth About Demons (original title)
An Anthropologist's life and reality are ripped apart by a Satanic cult.

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Glenn Standring

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Glenn Standring
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Credited cast:
Karl Urban ... Harry Ballard
Katie Wolfe Katie Wolfe ... Bennie
Jonathon Hendry Jonathon Hendry ... Le Valliant
Sally Stockwell Sally Stockwell ... Celia
Tony MacIver Tony MacIver ... Johnny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Brookfield Adam Brookfield ... Officer Jones
Peter Daube Peter Daube ... Lawrence
Dennis Feaver Dennis Feaver ... Hood 4
Nichola Gilchrist Nichola Gilchrist ... Semi clad slain woman
Phil Grieve ... (as Philip Grieve)
Kelson Henderson ... Wank
Glen Jarvis Glen Jarvis ... Hood 5
Mel Johnston Mel Johnston ... Alice
Romani Lawson Romani Lawson ... Girl Hood
Danny Mulheron ... Hotel Receptionist
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Anthropologist Harry Ballard researches obscure demon cults and sects since his brother died, victim of one of those same demon-worshiping cults. One day he receives a threat from a so-called Black Convent, whose leader seeks to prey on Ballard. With the help of a strange, sexy woman he makes his way through the night in search of his salvation and the redemption of his lost brother. Written by umyde

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Official Sites:

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Country:

New Zealand

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English

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22 March 2001 (New Zealand) See more »

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New Zealand

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$500,000 (estimated)
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The best horror movies come from Down Under
27 July 2003 | by abisioSee all my reviews

I surely can appreciate a bloodless/violent less horror film as The Ring, The Eye, Pulse (the Oriental originals) or The Six Sense, but to be frank, the best examples (and the most remembered classics) are the violent blood feast like Dead or Alive (Jackson), Phantasm (Cascarelli), Exorcist, Evil Dead (1 and 2), later made Oriental with Evil Dead Trap or the legendaries GIALLOS of the 70s and 80s.

Those classics, accumulate blood and body parts, dark aisles, knives and other penetrating objects, violence and sex. The most common elements, was the dark and quite relieving humor involved (often product of their own excess).

The Irrefutable Truth about Demons match that class B style with a class D budget never used better.

The story is more complex and ambiguous than it seems. An anthropologist doctor, whose brother committed suicide after being involved with a Satanic cult, receive a threatening video and later is kidnapped by cult members and attacked by DEMONS. He managed to escape, but his closest friends are killed. A mysterious girl came to his aide, but he refuses to accept her explanations. There is a twist; the guy is also a depressive drug addict. His fuzzy touch with reality make him (and us) doubt about what happening is real or just one of his trips.

During the one night everything happens; the suspense is kept to the max, using decent special efects, excellent use of sounds and background voices, moving shadows and cockroaches (and other insects). Even when the blood is not so much, one scene involving those disgusting insects will probably upset you. Particularly, when you realize that NO SPECIAL EFFECTS WERE INVOLVED.

The end of the movie is not on par with the rest, but there is a final unexpected twist.

A highly recommendable movie that never made an American release but is far, far better than almost every horror flick last year.


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