1988, they don’t make movies like they used to… The original Night Of The Demons is one of my favorite 80s horror flics starring one Linnea Quigley, scream queen extraordinaire. The 80s was a different time, and films like that possessed a certain charm that this new breed of film makers have had problems capturing… maybe they’re trying too hard. On the short, Night Of The Demons doesn’t come close to the original. It may however appeal to the MTV generation looking for a quick bloody booby fix.
Maddie Curtis and her friends Lilly and Suzanne are ready for a great Halloween night. Theyre going to a party thrown by their friend Angela at the notorious Broussard Mansion in New Orleans. Over eighty years ago, six people disappeared from the mansion without a trace and the owner, Evangeline Broussard, hung herself.
The dark history only serves to enhance the Broussard Mansions appeal on Halloween. At the decadent, out-of-control party, Maddie and Lily run into their exes, Colin and Dex, while Suzanne parties it up. Good times end, however, when the police bust up the party. After the rest of the guests leave, Angela, Maddie, Lily, Dex, Colin, Suzanne and their friend Jason discover a horrible secret. Their cell phones dont work. The mansion gates are now mysteriously locked. Soon it becomes clear that supernatural forces are at work at the Broussard Mansion, and that there may be more to the tale of Evangeline Broussard than anyone knew.
It turns out that the Broussard Mansion is home to demons that need to possess seven vessels to break free of an ancient curse. One by one the guests fall victim, transforming into hideous creatures. Only Maddie, Colin and Jason remain but can they make it through the night and keep evil forces from spreading into the world?
The bad… rewriting a simple script, trying to recapture what was successful in the original… it’s like they didn’t even try. The backbone of the story is the same. Halloween night, a creepy house, some horny kids, and a few demons, but they added a little, and changed a bit. In trying to give the story more depth, they actually dragged it through the mud. The overall direction is nothing special, although Adam Gierasch seems to be climbing the ladder a little with each new film he adds to his pile (of shit). The sepia flashbacks are weak, being told almost like a silent movie, dialogue frames and all. Gone is the cool opening animation that added so much cool to the original.
The cast is made up of a couple of knowns, Edward Furlong (T2), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie) and Monica Keena (Undelcared), but honestly there’s not a lot of talent here. The 3 key players are all in their 30s trying to play younger roles. Furlong is just terrible… I mean c’mon the guy has gone from cute teen to pudgy, greasy, and just terrible looking… not the kind of person you want as a lead… and the writers have written an attraction between him and Monica Keena. That alone was a far stretch. On top of all that, whatever talent Furlong had in the 90s, well it aint there anymore. His character is miscast, and totally unnecessary. Shannon Elizabeth was fun when she got naked in the American Pie movies… hell it launched her career (chuckle), but nowadays she doesn’t bare much… she just plays the loud, over indulgent party girl. The role is nothing new to her, and she brings nothing to it. I did however like Monica Keena’s performance, at least compared to the rest of the cast. Hopefully she doesn’t swim in this pool too long.
The effects were obviously done on a budget. The demon makeup looked more like rubber masks than actual distorted flesh, in fact when the demons are kinda luvin’ each other, the teeth and horns on the “masks” move like cheap latex masks would… kinda folding out of the way. The lipstick in the nipple gag, yeah, c’mon, they had to keep that, doesn’t come off half as good as it did in the original, although they did bloody up the scene to give it a more visual punch. Having her pull it from her bleeding VJ was kinda cool, but really nothing special. Even the costumes are weaker… seeming all together lazier than the original. It’s obvious they were going more for the sex appeal in this one, and maybe on some pre-pubescent level it works, but as a whole the movie is nowhere near as creepy or gruesome as it’s source material. Sure the original was a little cheezy, but it was the 80s! For me, the upgraded Night Of The Demons is a huge let down on all levels.
Overall, just to reiterate, Night Of The Demons falls flat and ends up being no better than other b-grade remakes. I mean hell, Prom Night and April Fool’s Day were better. It doesn’t come off even half as fun as the original, and if you actually give it a chance, you’ll find yourself hitting the fast forward on more than one occasion. If you absolutely have to see it, wait for it on Netflix. Night Of The Demons is definitely not worth buying… or even renting. There are much better films for Halloween!
Night Of The Demons [Remake] is available now on Blu Ray and DVD!