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*Plot Summary*

~They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs.

Several people are invited to join the opening of a new movie theatre. As the horror film shown to the guests gets more and more violent, the people start to transform one by one into bloodthirsty demons. The remaining guests begin the desperate battle for their lives.~

-----Dario Argento found a classic masterpiece with this film. And I found another great horror director in Lamberto Bava. I don't know if it is because I have lived in Europe for the past year but the townscape was classic. It is just like the city that I go to on the weekends in Germany. But personal expierences aside this movie was done pretty flawless.

The cast was good with a 1 to 1 male to female ratio for the main characters. There were twists in the plot that almost went against the grain, but still worked in my book. The score had a mid-80s rocker feel to it, but got intensly classic when it needed to. And most importantly the special effects we done phenominally. Argento went to great lengths to get you to believe that these people were turning into demons. In a day and age where computer graphics are pretty much perfected to the point where we can't tell whether something was real or fake, I always enjoy watching older movies for that added "realness".

All in all, Demons is a classic that should bring a director such as Lamberto Bava into everyone's living room. And in my opinion with the re-release of this film on dvd, he will etch himself into the top 10 collections of horror movie fans all over the world. If you see this film sitting on the shelf, and want a good gorefest, give it a try and you won't be disappointed. Just remember, Their Evil Becomes an Orgy of Bloodshed...

- Jeff Hagen -

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