Director – Lamberto Bava
Cast – David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Bobby Rhodes, Asia Argento
Release Year – 1985
Reviewed by John of the Dead
This film is the obvious sequel to Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento’s Demons. Thankfully, this sequel keeps the same director(Lamberto Bava) and the same writers (Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava) which enables this film to be a “true” sequel, unlike the sequels we get from Hollywood producers only looking to cash in on the success of the previous film.
This film begins some time after the first one left off, following a group of people who live in a 10 story high-rise apartment complex. Aside from a big birthday party going on in one of the rooms, there is a documentary on television based on what happened during the first Demons film. Somehow, a girl watching the documentary gets attacked by a demon that makes it’s way through the television. She then begins to infect the people around her, and slowly the demons begin taking over everyone inside apartment complex, giving us the amazing claustrophobic feeling that the first film gave us with the movie theater. How sweet is that?!?
First off, I will not say that this film is necessarily “better” than Demons, but I did enjoy this film SLIGHTLY more than I did the first film. This film delivered some really awesome scenes, scenarios, and kills that I feel slightly outdid those in the first film. With that said…lets get on with the review!
One aspect of the film that I found myself heavily enjoying was that this film has children becoming infected as well, not just adults. Some may see as “tasteless”, but I found it more REALISTIC given that if demons could biologically possess adults, then they could biologically infect children as well. It doesn’t take much thought to understand that. Plus with society viewing children becoming victims in films as taboo, I found it even more enjoyable that Argento and Bava had to guts to add the children aspect into the film. Bravo!
Argento and Bava definitely chose to add a lot more action to this film in comparison to the first, and that may be a good reason as to why I enjoyed this film more. We see more of the protagonists fighting back, using makeshift weapons and any other household items they could find in the apartment complex. This created great carnage to the film, and helped the film move at a really awesome pace that never really lets you down. Just like it’s predecessor, this film places our protagonists in an enclosure that they cannot easily escape from. I really like that in horror films that involve infection/possession(zombies/demons) due to the fact that it adds much more intensity to the film with our characters having less places to run/hide as the film goes on and more and more people get infected/possessed. Much like the movie theater in the first film, I found the use of an apartment complex in this film to be awesome, and quite creative. Too many times we see these events taking place in some kind of haunted house, which is cool…but I really enjoyed these settings given that they provide different scenery, atmosphere, and of course…hiding places.
I really did not find anything I did not like about this film. As expected for an Italian horror film, the dubbing on the film could have been better, but that is about it. Both of these films only have about 20 minutes of development until the carnage gets going, which is excellent.
Overall, this is once again one of the best demon-related films of all time, and a very very positive sequel to it’s predecessor, which is on par with The Evil Dead.