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775 Ratings



Directed by Lamberto Bava
Italy, 1985
Horror, Thriller
  • English
  • English


Two girls are given free tickets to a special screening in an isolated movie theater. The film, a violent horror movie, exerts a malevolent influence over the theatre audience, who are transformed into a horde of crazed demons.

Our take

From Italian master of the macabre Lamberto Bava (son of the great Mario Bava), and co-written and produced by Dario Argento, this film in true 1980s horror fashion turns on pop culture (here, the movies) attacking the audience. Soundtrack by Claudio Simonetti.

Demons Directed by Lamberto Bava
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March 02, 2017
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March 02, 2016
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Begat by genuine Italian horror royalty, Demons might play like a wink-wink meta experiment if it wasn’t so masterfully crafted and so fucking fun to watch… Cinematographer Gianlorenzo Battaglia bathes his classical frames in equal amounts of blood and neon light. Goblin’s own Claudio Simonetti provides the eerie, pulsing score, paired with a head-banging 80s metal soundtrack. It’s a perfect example of exceeding through excess.
March 04, 2015
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