Wednesday, October 5, 2011
October 4th: Night of The Demons (1988)
It's Halloween Night. Goth chick Angela Franklin (Mimi Kinkade) and her sexy friend Suzanne (Linnea Quigley) are throwing a Halloween party and have invited eight of their peers; Judy Cassidy (Cathy Podewell), Jay Jansen (Lance Fenton), Sal Romero (William Gallo), Roger (Alvin Alexis), Stooge (Hal Havins), Helen (Allison Barron), Max (Philip Tanzini), and Frannie (Jill Terashita).
In addition to the slasher film, the horror-comedy genre was a booming trend in the 1980s. While horror comedies have been around since days of Abbott and Costello, '80s films like Critters, Galaxy of Terror and Motel Hell saw the genre boom in popularity. In fact, some of the best horror films of the '80s were horror comedies; George Romero's anthology flick Creepshow, Tom Holland's vampire renaissance Fright Night, Stuart Gordon's modern Frankenstein take Re-Animator and, arguably the best of all, John Landis' werewolf masterpiece An American Werewolf In London.
The last 30 minutes, which sees the surviving characters hiding from the demons, is straight horror of the worst variety; the tension is non-existent, the demons do nothing but hiss and float and the resolution is weak and unsatisfying.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNBYJYzCLQc. Don't bother watching the film; it's 85 minutes of your life you won't get back.
Next Up: October 5th: He Knows You're Alone (1980)