Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Night of the Demons (2009)

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Dir: Adam Gierasch (Autopsy)
Cast: Monica Keena, Shannon Elizabeth, Edward Furlong, Diora Baird, Bobbi Sue Luther, John F. Beach, Michael Copon
USA, 2009

Reason to see: On the lookout for good Halloween-y horror

Set during a private house party in New Orleans on Halloween night, Night of the Demons (2009) follows the party goers as they are subjected to the reawakening of the dark secrets from the houses history. A promising premise but the real focus here is on rock'n'roll party attitude, small'n'sexy costumes on the ladies, drinking and the like until it all goes to hell, demon-style.

Okay, so I knew I was taking a bit of a chance on this but I was really hoping for a Halloween find to share. It has some funny tongue in cheek moments but overall it's in the horror film vein of scary idea + nudity + gore = a film, and fore me that isn't enough. I did like the strong performance by Monica Keena as Maddie, who has final girl written all over her from the moment she appear on screen next to two girlfriends in their "bad kitty" Halloween costumes. Maddie was a definitely highlight, she even has some Ripley moments in the film. I also thought John F. Beach was very solid as Jason. In terms of make up & effects, they were both quite good in execution but not the classiest in terms of what they were conveying.

I did love the visual style of the historical footage and the strength of the Maddie character, but beyond that the film wasn't really to my tastes. It's a raunchy romp with a supernatural spin of demon, blood and gore.

DVD Extras:
  • Comicon 2010 Introduction (1 minute) quick film description moments from writer/director Adam Gierasch & co-writer Jace Anderson from Comicon.
  • Behind the Bloodbath: An Inside Look at Night of the Demons (18 minutes) - Behind the scenes footage and interviews with actors Monica Keena, Bobbi Sue Luther, Edward Furlong, Shannon Elizabeth, John F. Beach, Michael Copon, Diora Baird and writer/director Adam Gierasch describing the film, comparison to the original 1988 film, working with the makeup and 'surviving' making a horror film
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Adam Gierasch, co-writer Jace Anderson and actors Monica Keena, Bobbi Sue Luther and John F. Beach - very lively commentary full of funny stories on set, shout outs to people who make cameo appearances in the film, challenges with the make up, technical references to how shots were done and a few pretty stories behind some of the choices in the film.
  • Trailer
Night of the Demons (2009) is available on DVD as of October 19, 2010. Check it out over at Amazon.ca & Amazon.com

Shannon's Overall View:
I didn't love it
I won't watch it again
I'd recommend it for those that watch T&A focused horror

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© Shannon Ridler, 2010

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3 comments:

The Film Connoisseur said...

Wow, Edward Furlong just keeps digging himself deeper into the shit. He really doesn't give a crap anymore...

Im curious for this one, I like the old ones, which are essentially what you described for this remake, tits and ass gore fests.

I'll check it out on curiosity alone, but Im not expecting anything major!

Hey, did you check out my latest post on demon movies? I mentioned this one and a whole bunch of other ones you might enjoy. They are along the same lines as this one, but some choices are way better. Check it out if you are interested.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I actually didn't even recognize Edward Furlong until I watched the Behind the Scenes, although I kept saying "That guy looks familiar..." Was very surprized at that one.

Yeah, I was hoping for something a little more my style but it really is what it is. I haven't seen the original and not sure if seen any of the ilk from the 80's - although I'm sure there are tons.

What timing with your Demon post! I will definitely check it out - now that is nice'n'Halloweeny!

Mike Lippert said...

I didn't realize this was being remade. The original was mostly crap so I imagine this would just be like most of the modern-day updates: polished crap.

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