As I had watched “Night of the Comet”, I knew that I would have to also watch today’s film. I’d heard what a cult classic today’s film was, having numerous sequels and a recent remake (starring Shannon Elizabeth and Edward Furlong) to take credit for. It also starred one of the famous “scream queens”, as Fangoria Magazine has called her, and hadn’t ever seen one of her films for which she acquired the illustrious moniker.
In addition, I wanted to try to include at least a couple films in this 31 Days of 31 Horror Films blog, and there are very limited amounts of films that involve trick-or-treat festivities, other than the famous series of films titled “Halloween”.
I wasn’t sure if I should view the remake, as it’s very recent and likely to be a film movie fans haven’t see yet. When it came down to the wire, however, I decided the original that started it all was the only way to go.
31 Days of Howl-oween
A Review of Films Filled with Frights
~ Night of the Demons ~
Director: Kevin Tenney
Cast: Amelia Kinkade, Alvin Alexis, Allison Barron, Lance Fenton, Billy Gallo, Hal Havins, Cathy Podewell, Linnea Quigley
Country: United States
Specs: 90 mins. / Color / OAR 1.85:1 / MPAA Rating: R
A group of lascivious teenagers all invade an abandoned house to have a party on Halloween night. Unfortunately, after performing a seance, they call forth a demon who decides to kill off the vapid crew. It’s up to Judy (Podewell) and Roger (Alexis) to find away out, and escape with their lives intact.
Oh brother. I didn’t think I’d get a chance to see any films that were in the slasher vein this time around. This film is one large gratuitous fest of everything you can think of. Think of it more like “Night of the T and A”. The only thing enjoyable about this film was the make-up effects.
The casting was the first problem. While Quigley is known as a “scream queen”, she simply doesn’t fit in this film at all. For starters, she looks old and tired. She was after all 30 years old at the release of this film, playing a young teenager who prances around in a pink ballerina type dress.
I was happy to see the film take place on Halloween, as contrary to what most may think, there aren’t a good deal of horror films that actually take place on the famous day. As I stated earlier, John Carpenter seems to be one of the only filmmakers who actually gave this night the slasher status.
I only hope the next film that I view will be a step up. I’ve got two stinkers in this week so far, and only a couple days left. Perhaps I should have rented “My Demon Lover” with Mallory’s main squeeze instead? Oh well…
My Rating: ** / D-
Available on Amazon: Night of the Demons