Demons (1985 franchise)

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Demons (1985), AKA Demoni, Dance of the Demons; Demons 2 (1986) AKA Dèmoni 2... l'incubo ritorna, Demons 2: The Nightmare Returns, Demons 2: The Nightmare is Back, Demons 2: The Nightmare Continues, Dance of the Demons 2; Demons 3 (AKA La Chiesa (1989 film), The Church, The Spawn of the Devil, Cathedral of Demons, Demon Cathedral, In the Land of the Demons, Demons 3)

Summary

"They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs." A group of people are trapped in a large movie theater in West Berlin that is infected by ravenous demons who proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers. In the sequel, a group of tenants and visitors are trapped in a 10-story high-rise apartment building infested with demons who proceed to hunt the dwindling humans down. A third sequel was planned, but evolved into the more artistically ambitious and seriously-toned La Chiesa (1989 film), in which a group of people are trapped in a cathedral that is infected by ravenous demons who proceed to kill and possess humans one-by-one, multiplying their numbers.

Details

  • Release Date: 1985-1986; 1989
  • Country/Language: Italy, English dubbing
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Comedy
  • Setting: 1980s Germany
  • Starring: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny; David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni
  • Director: Lamberto Bava
  • Writer: Dardano Sacchetti (original story), Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava
  • Producer/Production Co: DACFILM Rome
  • View Trailer: (link), (link)
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  • IMDB Page: (link), (link), (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (equivalent to an R for Violence, Adult Content, Profanity, brief Nudity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not very Lovecraftian at all in tone and execution; Demons and Demons II can clearly trace their ancestry to the Evil Dead (1981 franchise), but perhaps bear more in common with 1985's horror/slapstick-comedy Return of the Living Dead film series than most anything else. Still, a couple minor elements could translate to Lovecraftian horror (a tome of Nostradamus' prophecies appears in the first film, for example), and the basic ideas behind the films have some potential for adaptation to a "1980s horror"-themed Call of Cthulhu scenario.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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  • DEMONS - A group of people are trapped in a large movie theater in West Berlin that is infected by ravenous demons who proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers.
  • DEMONS 2 - A group of tenants and visitors are trapped in a 10-story high-rise apartment building infested with demons who proceed to hunt the dwindling humans down.
  • DEMONS 3 - A group of people are trapped in a cathedral that is infected by ravenous demons who proceed to kill and possess humans one-by-one, multiplying their numbers.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • Though it was originally conceived as another entry in the popular Demons (1985 franchise), director Michele Soavi insisted that "Demons 3" (1989) stand alone and not be connected with the films Demons (1985) or Demons 2 (1986): in an interview, Soavi referred to the Demons films as 'pizza schlock' and wanted La_Chiesa_(1989_film) to be more sophisticated; the resulting film thus has a similar plot to the first two films in the series, but is more serious and artistically ambitious in tone, with more diverse and bizarre demons.


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