Director – Adam Gierasch
Cast – Shannon Elizabeth, Monica Keena, Diora Baird, Michael Copon, Bobbi Sue Luther, Jonathan Beach, Tiffany Shepis, Edward Furlong, Michael Arata, John F. Beach
Release Year – 2009
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Kevin Tenney’s Night of the Demons remains one of the most well-known of all demon-oriented films, and it came as no surprise to me that there would be a modern day remake of the late 80s cult classic. Seeing that this film would be delivered by the mediocre horror duo of Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson, I went into this remake with low expectations, and even then I was let down by these two. It is rare that I go into a film with low expectations and leave with worse results than expected, but this film boasts nothing but garbage throughout its 96 minute runtime, and only delivers a few positives worth mentioning.
A group of young adults attend a Halloween costume party in a home with a dark past, and unleash a powerful demon. As the demon spreads throughout the group the remaining survivors must fight off the demonic onslaught long enough for the demon’s curse to expire…at sunrise.
Right from the get-go the film gave me that ugly feeling I get when I see stupidly cheezy horror, and sadly that seems to be the case with anything involving Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson. These two are behind Crocodile, Toolbox Murders, Mortuary, and Autopsy, so if you have seen any of those mediocre-at-best films then you should know what you are getting yourself into with this Night of the Demons remake.
The storyline follows the original entry 50/50, with its setting and overall plot following the original. I always love the idea of protagonists being trapped in a nowhere-to-run situation, and when you throw demons into the mix it only gets better. Sadly, the Anderson/Gierasch writing duo ruined whatever positives the overall plot could have given us thanks to the horrendous dialogue and unlikable characters they created. I remember knocking the original film for its long useless scenes and it seems this remake is followed suit with its own useless scenes as well. It was very hard for me to stay interested in what was going on, and that is a solid testament to what sloppy writing does to the viewer.
Gierasch’s direction is equally bad, with horrible execution of all elements involved. The acting is poor, the editing is choppy and annoying, his musical score is horrible, and his pacing left me wishing I had picked another film to review. Thankfully, he did employ some pretty awesome looking sets, and the atmosphere provided by the creepy sets was fair as well. We also get lots of sweet gore and some good demon FX as well, but sadly they did little to improve the film’s numerous faults.
Overall, this is a pathetic remake that failed to deliver any worthwhile horror. A pathetic script and mediocre direction left this film doomed from the get-go, and even the film’s awesome gore and demon FX could not save this watch.