John Ary's Aint It Scary Reviews #9 Of 31!! NIGHT OF THE DEMONS!!
John Ary here with another installment of Ain’t It Scary Reviews. Today we join a group of high school kids on Halloween night as they learn about the dangers of partying at a haunted funeral parlor on the outskirts of town.
There’s something reassuring about teen horror movies from the 80’s. Most of them uphold the conventions of their genre. You know the virginal heroine is probably going to make it out okay. There’s usually at least one sex scene and whoever is involved in it will surely die a miserable death. Chances are the whole thing is scored by a Casio keyboard and a “boombox” or a “ghetto blaster” will show up at some point to play a rockin’ jam while white kids awkwardly dance. There are rules to this particular genre. Night of the Demons follows these rules to the letter, making for a familiar but fun popcorn movie.
It’s Halloween night and your familiar high school character archetypes decide to party at the abandoned funeral home. There is the chaste sugary sweet girl, the preppy boyfriend, the tough yet misunderstood slimeball, the fat party animal who can’t get enough to drink, the slut, the goth, the black guy... you get the idea. When these kids... kids? All of them look like they are like in their late 20’s! When these “characters” converge on the abandoned funeral home, they unknowingly unleash a dangerous spirit. A ghostly creature infects each person, one by one, turning them into supernatural blood-thirsty maniacs. The night turns into a frantic fight for survival as they are haunted and stalked by the bodies of their former friends.
I would call this movie routine, but that does it an injustice. It delivers on all the promises a fan of these sorts of films can expect. Are there gory deaths? Check. How about shots of boobies for no real reason? Check. People getting chased through a haunted house by demons? Check. Terrible generic dialogue? Check. Stunt people set on fire? Check. Some cheap startle scares? Check and double-check. What makes Night of the Demons work is its adherence to these principles and it does each with with an above average horror acumen. You get exactly what you pay for. Sure, the main character’s screams get annoying by the end of the picture, and there really is no reason for characters so different, so alienated from each other to hang out together on Halloween... but who cares? This isn’t Scorcesse. This is a low-budget screamfest from the director of Pinocchio’s Revenge and Witchboard 2: The Devil’s Doorway. Whether it’s over-delivering on its promise of cheap thrills or underselling itself on the VHS cover, Night of Demons is a solid addition to the teenage horror genre of the late 80’s.
Night of the Demons is currently streaming on Hulu. It’s also available on DVD here.
Check back in tomorrow for another Ain’t It Scary Review as John Barrymore reveals his dark side to horror fans of silent cinema.
Special thanks to Talkbacker Manaqua for his suggestion of linking to the past horror reviews in the series. Here they are:
The Ground Rules to the Project
#1 Son of Frankenstein
#2 Scream, Blacula, Scream!
#3 Black Sabbath
#5 Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
#6 Invisible Invaders
#7 The Mummy’s Curse
#8 Lord of Illusions
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Oct. 9, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST
was this the one with the old guy whose wife fed him apples with razor blades at the end? and does this movie have an interesting scene that takes place in a coffin?
Oct. 9, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST
but the Black guy totally reacted like I would in that situation. He was scared shitless the whole time, he didn't want to investigate anything. Then at the end, when it was just him and the last girl alive, they were surrounded by demons and he screams "they aint getting me, and jumps out the window and escapes over the wall. My cousins and I cheered because it was one of the first horror movies we had seen, where the Black guy wasn't the first to die.
Oct. 9, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST
The black guy is in the first one, and he's awesome. This is one of my favorite horror movies. Calling it a guily pleasure would be doing it an injustice. It's a solid horror movie. I can't say that it's a top 25 horror movie (or even in the top 50), but it does have an undeniable charm. I recall the second one being rather decent, and the third one confusing. The recent remake with Edward Furlong and Shannon Elizabeth should be avoided. It's nothing special.
Oct. 9, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST
There's just something about it as a whole that hits a perfect note. Still a Halloween classic I have to watch every few years or so.
Oct. 9, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST
This 80's flick also has the distinction of allowing the lone black guy to live past the ending screen credits.
by Amadeo Zeller
Oct. 9, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST
That's one scary ass picture.
Oct. 9, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST
by Monnie Knapp
Ilove the sub-plot with the evil old man trying to give trick-or-treaters apples with razor blades in them and instead ends up slitting his own throat from the inside! That fucked me up as a kid. It was one of those scenes that repulsed and intrigued me. I thought the kids were gonna die (disturbing) then the old man dies (equally disturbing).
Oct. 9, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST
by albert comin
Oct. 9, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST
I am here to parteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Oct. 9, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST
Where would I have been during adolescence if it hadn't been for you?
Oct. 9, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST
Oct. 9, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST
by Monnie Knapp
Masturbating to someone else's boobies?
Oct. 9, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST
I saw her at, of all places, a baseball card show in like 1991 or 1992. My parents wouldn't let me go anywhere near her cuz every guy was bringing pictures of her naked to get signed, of course. I was like 14, and had seen a ton of her movies. I always thought she was hot, of course, butin person? Holy fuck! She was absolutely stunning, drop dead gorgeous. Didn't she end up doing porn a little later? I remember in high school seeing a video of her and another woman, and it wasn't R Rated, it was hardcore girl on girl. Am I remembering this correctly, or was this just a dream?
Oct. 9, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST
and Linnea was gorgeous. What a nice, pert ass on that bitch! And the fat dude with, EAT A BOWL OF FUCK was classic! @tohn007 I agree the black guy was the horror movie guy that reacted like a normal person would in real life. He would just try to get the fuck out and leave. I swear I cheer too when he bust out that window and climb that wall! And that chick in the Alice In Wonderland costume was fucking gorgeous! Her tits were huge! Too bad she didn't have a bigger nude scene in the movie! Night Of The Demons remake wasn't that great but the tits on the chick were bigger and they didn't mind showing them. BTW, Edward Furlong look like death in that movie!
Oct. 9, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST
The tagline was "Angela is throwing a party. Jason and Freddy are too scared to come but you're invited." I've seen that tagline changed over the years. Now I don't know what it says and I'm to lazy to dig out the dvd.
Oct. 9, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST
by Paul Crider
...dancing to Bauhaus' "Stigmata Matryr" was creepy and AWESOME! This film's plot may be formulaic--but I found it delivered the goods--the sequel, not so much.
Oct. 9, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST
by Paul Crider
Oct. 10, 2012, 4:26 a.m. CST
Oct. 10, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST
This movie scared me when I was a kid.Seen it many times.Creepest scene was when Angela would float to chase people,freaked me out
Oct. 10, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST
This is a trope of 80s horror films?
Oct. 10, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST
Oct. 10, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST
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