Oh man the 1980s had some crazy horror movies. Demons is one of them and I love how outlandish the film gets at times. It’s the foreign reaction to The Evil Dead and other zombie films, even though this movis makes for a good companion piece with Night of the Demons. This film takes place in a West Berlin theater that is massive and a character onto itself. Two college girls decide to cut class and go see a movie that turns out to be a horror film. Ah the old “Movie within a movie,” bit. If you end up watching a horror movie in a horror movie, you are clearly in one.
The film within the film has a great bleak line in “They will make cemetaries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs.” Get scratched by one of these monsters and you’ll turn into a freak hungry for the soul and blood of the living. Like many 80s horror films this one has tons of gore and nasty violence, and at times it works more like an action flick than a horror movie. Does a samurai sword hanging around eventually get used? Of course. Is the dialogue mostly cheesy and the acting as mixed bag? Sure, but it’s part of the movie’s charm. Give me a film like Demons anytime. Oh and Demons has one of the most wicked horror movie soundtracks ever, featuring Mötley Crüe, Accept, Billy Idol and Rick Springfield. Nice.