A few months ago, I watched NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2, a witty, gory, entertaining horror film which kept me happily entertained. Since I was so impressed with that film, I decided to check out the first one. Big mistake. Even bigger mistake, I had about five guys staying at my place, all looking for some gory entertainment. What I delivered to them was a slow paced, lame horror movie.
Well, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS has the slimmest of all possible plots, so describing it won't take long. Basically, a bunch of horny teenagers want to go have a Halloween party at the old Hull House, a place supposedly possessed. Not haunted, possessed, as the fine difference is described eloquently in the movie. This means that the house is not full of ghosts, but full of demons. Hence the name of the movie.
The party is thrown by a weird woman named Angela, who dresses in all black, and her empty-headed, flirtatious friend who keeps saying, "I hope you invited cute boys to this party." Aaah, to be a successful screenwriter. Anyhow, pretty early on, the characters are established: a blond cheerleader-type, her preppy boyfriend, the token black guy, the token Asian woman, the fat slob, the slimy Italian guy, etc. etc. It's so refreshing to have a film which avoids stereotypes.
Well, most of the movie is inconsequential, as the partygoers roam around the house for what seems like forever. Here's my question: if you wanted to throw a wild party, would you only invite 8 people? Oh well, I guess some people just have different tastes. Also, they do the same thing which always pisses me off about these movies: when they want to dance, they play lame hard rock. Whatever happened to dance music?
The big problem about NIGHT OF THE DEMONS is that there is way too much build-up. How long did these filmmakers expect us to wait for a good killing? Just about all the people I watched the movie with grumbled about this very fact, never a good thing when it comes to horror movies. There is just one real redeeming factor for this movie which is why I bothered giving it even one star: there are a couple good killings including a terrific one in which a guy gets his eyes popped out...they literally fly out of his head! Other than that, though, don't waste your time on this drech and go straight for the far superior sequel.
RATING: * (out of a possible four).