Film Review: Demons 2 (1986)

Also known as: Dèmoni 2 (Italy)
Release Date: October 9th, 1986 (Italy)
Directed by: Lamberto Bava
Written by: Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Franco Ferrini, Dardano Sacchetti
Music by: Simon Boswell
Cast: David Knight, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi Tassoni, Asia Argento, Dario Casalini

DACFILM Rome, Titanus Distribuzione, 91 Minutes

demons_2Review:

A year after Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento collaborated and brought us Demons, we got its awesome sequel. This is also the only sequel, of the many, that is a true continuation of the events of the first installment.

I hadn’t seen this movie until just recently. It was hard for me to get a hold of, back in the day. The original was sort of a cult film but I was lucky to have access to it at one of the video stores I used to frequent as a teen.

It is hard to say, as the original movie was so good, but I think I actually prefer Demons 2 to its predecessor. It is more fun and still just as gruesome and insane. Plus, it benefits from a soundtrack that boasts great songs from The Smiths, Peter Murphy, The Cult, Art of Noise and other edgy 80s artists.

Demons 2 is actually more surreal than Demons. The scene where the demon literally comes through the television set is fantastic. I feel like it was obviously inspired by Videodrome and the visual effects were similar. It was a very cool way to start the mayhem in this movie though.

While the movie theater set from the original was a great idea, Demons 2 takes place in an apartment building. It is still a confined film but there are more options with the apartment building setting that allow this film to step outside of the box a bit more. Plus the parking garage scenes feel more wide open, even though the soon-to-be victims of the demon army still can’t escape the locked down fortress.

I really love the inclusion of the gym and the bodybuilders, who all try to buck up and fight back. At least they try and their sequences are ludicrous in the best way possible.

You also get a freaky little kid demon, as well as some weird demon monster that emerges from the child host like the xenomorph from Alien.

Demons 2 is a fantastic and lovably insane ride. It is non-stop once it gets going. I just wish that Bava and Argento would have kept the narrative of the first two films going in other sequels.

Out of all the sequels, the only one that is officially a follow-up is The Church (or La chiesa in Italy). It was not directed by Lamberto Bava but it was produced by Dario Argento. I will review that one, when and if I can find a good copy of it.

Rating: 9/10

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