Sunday, March 29, 2009

Demons 2 (1986)

Not much to say about this movie. Completely devoid of imagination and creativity. A complete copy and paste of Demons, but with a different venue. Basically, you can read the review for the first Demons and imagine that the movie theater is an apartment building. No new avenues of the plot are explored, and some of the cast is even reused (e.g. pimp as weightlifting instructor).

Okay, to be fair, there is one new addition in this bland sequel: a gremlin! That's right. A tiny, beastly gremlin is introduced for a brief time and then destroyed. Besides that, the format is such a replica of its predecessor that we even get the car full of zany youngsters cruising around, but they never even intersect with the happenings at the apartment building. What was the point of these people? They are out driving around, speeding, and then crash into a car, but I never made any connection to the plot.

This probably shouldn't have annoyed me as much as it did, but I can't get past the childbirth scene at the end. Perhaps, in keeping with the same format as the first movie, Bava wanted to throw something in that made us cock our heads the way the helicopter did. Suddenly, in the midst of chaos, the girl goes into labor. With only the assistance of her boyfriend (fiance? husband?), she pops the baby out sans umbilical cord and miraculously jumps right up and escapes the apartment building. I know I shouldn't be a stickler for these types of things since it's a horror movie, but man, couldn't that have been thought through just a little bit? The only part worse than this was when the weightlifting instructor went from trying to break the front door with a steel pipe to a potted plant. Yeah, if a steel pipe doesn't break through the glass I seriously doubt a potted plant will do the trick.

The only thing I really liked about the movie was the costumes; they were slightly better, and the green slime was scrapped. My advice: watch Demons and stop there.

Review Soundtrack:
Alice In Chains - "Would?"

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1 comment:

  1. Ohhh it gets better, wait til you see The Ogre, which was made for tv and directed by Bava as well, but was never intended to be a Demons sequel. It manages to not only suck, but to be unbearably boring and uninteresting. Demons 2 offers a few gory gags but other than that you hit it on the head, complete retread.