DVD REVIEW Night Of The Demons

They so horny

2009 * 18 * 93 mins * £12.99
10 October 2010
Also available on Blu-ray (£19.99)
Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Director: Adam Gierasch
Cast:
Shannon Elizabeth, Monica Keena, Edward Furlong, Bobbi Sue Luther, Michael Copon

One scene sums up this remake of a comparatively obscure ‘80s horror quite neatly. In the original’s most infamous sequence, a woman pushes a lipstick right inside her breast; the new punchline here is that she then expels it from her lady garden, which is at least imaginatively revolting…

The setting: an abandoned mansion. Fifty years ago, evil spirits possessed the participants in a séance. Today, there’s a Halloween rave-up going on and guess what? The spirits are re-awakened to take over a new bunch of suspiciously old-looking kids, passing on their demonic form via biting, snogging, or enthusiastic humping.

It’s the sort of flick that’s aimed squarely at a goth-tinged horror-freak audience, best viewed whilst on the sauce, preferably in like-minded and equally well-lubricated company. The Halloween setting provides an excuse to squeeze a bevy of thirtysomething scream queens into corsets and suspenders, and the MO for demonic transmission gives them a reason to make out, no doubt to the delight of 14-year-old boys. When they’re not enthusiastically Frenching (or engaging in demonic horn-sucking) they’re discussing pubic depilation. This probably isn’t your gran’s kind of movie.

Director Adam Gierasch knows his horror clichés well enough to subvert them just a little – just when you think something horrible is going to be reflected in a bathroom cabinet mirror, demonic hands burst out of it instead. Fans of Rob Zombie’s trash aesthetic or Japanese splatter horror (one of the girls shoots tentacles from her boobs) will probably love it. Those in search of originality or genuine scares will find it fairly forgettable.

Extras:

Commentary by the writer and director, cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage.

Ian Berriman