This sequel to the awful original NIGHT OF THE DEMONS is ranks up there with the GODFATHER PART 2 and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK as a sequel that improves upon the original. I also defy you to find anywhere else in the world where NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2 is compared to a GODFATHER film. This movie fits into the perfect category in terms of bad horror movies: the zero-brain-power category. I mean, seriously, this movie really requires no thinking on your part at all. Granted, most don't, but this one sets new standards. Or, at least, lowers them.
The plot is as follows: extremely horny men and women at a Catholic school for "troubled" children decide to throw a Halloween bash at the Hull House (sounding remarkably familiar to that other famous haunted house, the Hill House). The Hull House was the very same place where the incidents in the first film took place, incidents that left many students dead and buried. Except one, that is…a girl named Angela whose body was never found (cue evil laugh).
Now, Angela turns out to be the sister of one of the students at the school, a shy little orphan girl nicknamed Mouse. Mouse constantly dreams of Angela, played by Amelia Kinkade, whose appearance actually is both genuinely creepy and strangely sexy (watch out for the sexy dance she gives near the end).
Mouse gets cruelly dragged along to Hull House where the Halloween party ensues. The party itself is not exactly a party in the traditional sense. Instead, the students couple-off and start doing the nasty in various parts of house. I guess that’s what they mean by a “party,” a definition-change I’m more than willing to accept. In fact, if you know of any such parties, drop me a line. Of course, these students awaken the spirit of Angela and before long they start dropping like flies – only to be reborn as Demons.
But the fun actually begins back at the school. There, a student who’s obsessed with Satanism manages to get a tough nun on his side as well as the skeptical chief priest of the school. When the Demons return to the school, it's time for these three to kick demon-butt. This they do in various inventive ways, the best involving Super-Soakers filled with Holy Water.
The rest of NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2 can be spent counting the horror movie clichés. For instance, at the boring high school dance, when the nun leaves, suddenly a new radio (or should I say “boom box”) is brought out and 80s hard rock starts playing. Never mind that you can't dance to that stuff and that the party would be better with dance music, hard rock symbolizes “rebellion” and therefore has to be used in every single horror movie in this situation. Hilarious trying to watch everyone dance to this crap. There are also a couple decent effects including a great one in which a female demon’s breasts grab her boyfriend and kill him (you have to see it to believe it).
All in all, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2 is pretty standard stuff, including its over-the-top ending with Angela become some big lizard thing. But, it’s rife with clichés, nudity, violence, and all the stuff which makes us love bad horror. The formula is perfect for an entertaining horror movie - a horror movie which knows it's breaking no new ground at all and has a lot of fun not doing so.
RATING: *** (out of four)