Release: Oct 19th, 2010 Rating: R Run time: 93 min Starring: Edward Furlong, Monica Keena Director: Adam Gierasch Official Trailer: Night of the Demons (2009)
After being tormented with Night of the Demons 3, several years have passed and Hollywood decided it would be best to reboot the series and remake the first Night of the Demons. It may be an unnecessary remake, but at least it fairs better than the third one.
Short nitty-gritty plot description from IMDb is as follows: A group of kids go to a Halloween party, only to have to face down a group of demons.
Jason (John F. Beach), Colin (Edward Furlong) and Maddie (Monica Keena) are trying to find a way out, but with no luck.
Night of the Demons follows the general gist of the original’s story, but adds in a few changes, some for the better and some not so much. Angela is throwing a party at the old Broussard mansion, which the movies tells you, use to be the home of a multiple murder, involving seances, demons and hangings. The party is pretty wild at first, that is until a hidden room is found in the basement and the demon spirits are released on a few unsuspecting party goers. Cue the mayhem, as demon possessions take place, weird sex scenes happen and the infamous lipstick scene is updated for modern times, but with a bloodier ending.
Lily (Diora Baird) asking for Jason to apply some lipstick.
Night of the Demons has a some good stuff going for it. The acting isn’t half bad, even with a heavy set Edward Furlong lounging around, slurring his lines and a botoxed Monica Keena, channeling her Freddy vs Jason role. The movie also has a bevy of beauts, who yes may be more plastic than
flesh, but they’re still pretty easy on the eyes, especially Shannon Elizabeth, who
takes over from Amelia Kinkade, as Angela. The special effects on the demons are top notch and fairly disgusting. These are definitely beasts you don’t want to find yourself running away from on a cold, dark Halloween night. The movie also hardly ever slows down, with only a few scenes here and there that bring things down a notch or two, but don’t worry, it isn’t long before the demon chasing and killing start up again.
The demon effects are pretty good in the Night of the Demons remake.
However, things aren’t all peachy keen in this demon house. Sadly, the movie doesn’t use the demon possessed Angela enough, especially in her demon form. She’s kinda pushed to the side for the most part and only shows up more so during the middle half and only a little at the end. Instead, the movie shifts it focus to the group of demons as a whole, with only a few of them being shown for a little bit. In a way, this is similar to the original movie, but I felt the Night of the Demons, the original, made sure you knew Angela was the head beast.
Plus, what’s up with the scene involving demon incantations and Maddie (Monica Keena) suddenly knowing everything about demons. This came way out of left field and has you rolling your eyes at some the stuff she is spouting. Finally, one more thing that bothered me, was the sudden “change” of a character, which was not explained one bit. Instead, we just have to go with the flow and give the movie a break… I guess.
Maddie should be watching her back.
Night of the Demons is not a bad movie and it’s not a great movie. It beats Night of the Demons 3 for sure, but falls behind the original and the superior sequel. It does have the demon action you want, along with some gore and a tiny bit of nudity (although more would’ve been welcomed). The acting isn’t awful most of the time and its got a good Halloween spirit going for it.
Verdict: It doesn’t have the 80s charm of the original, the humor and gore of the second, but it does provide more sweet treats, than razor blade apples, than the third one gave you.