Dario Argento, producer of Demons, is primarily known for his work as a director of some of the best giallo films of all time. Lamberto Bava, director of Demons, is the son of the man who made perhaps the first true giallo film ever. And giallo, a homegrown Italian genre of horror that leans heavily on mystery, eroticism, and psychopathic knife-murder, steered the direction of slasher and thriller movies all around the world. But Demons isn’t a giallo movie, exactly; it starts out as one, and then becomes something entirely else.
Movies love to talk about the movies. Cinema Paradiso is about the mythmaking heroism of film; 8 ½ is about the hysterical obsession of creativity; Sunset Boulevard is about the tragedies of celebrity; and Demons is about how film fiction can manipulate, infect and terrify. A set of average horror-movie protagonist teens start out in a theatre and end up battling the forces of Hell with stage props and found objects. It’s a horror movie about the horror of movies, and Demons deserves a lot more attention than it gets.
1985 / Not Rated / 1h 28m / Horror
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