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.
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Bava's best represents the video nasty generation explicitly well. A group of movie goers are trapped in a theatre as demons begin to possess them mirroring the events taking place on screen. Sure its mostly nonsensical at times and the 80's soundtrack dates it but the film delivers on horror and gore quite well. Final twist is no surprise as the demon apocalypse arrives. Solid horror entertainment.
I can't get over it. Clearly, it's not a masterpiece of cinema, and obviously not for everyone, but it has everything I want out of a horror movie. Camp, tongue-in-cheek gore, legit nightmarish images and landscapes, and a skeleton story that allows it to go to unexpected places.
A crazy mixture with many reminiscences to earlier horror movies (like George Romero's zombie classics), but also - through the localization in the Western part of divided Berlin - with a strong political subtext that is emphasized in the end. A great idea is the analogy between fiction and film as means to build up tension and the destruction of the big screen as main starting point for the horror.
An awful film, but somehow endearing because it sees going to the cinema as a transformative experience...and what could be transformative than turning into a face-eating, slime-oozing demon, huh? Plus, Natasha Hovey is hot.
Masks, screens, mirrors... Where're the Lacanians at?! This is great! Much fun - minus the downer of an ending, in which the world devolves into some all-too-imaginable NRA wet dream scenario. (Analyze *that* dream!) Plot holes so evenly distributed through the film that you wonder whether info wasn't strategically, even gleefully, *removed* from the script in some diabolical stroke of directorial genius... 3.5
La premisa es sencillamente genial: un cine se transforma en el espacio donde una plaga de demonios invadirá la tierra. El desarrollo esta a la altura de tal comienzo con algunas de las mejores ideas visuales jamas pensadas para un exploitation típico de los 80's, que finaliza con lo que quizás sea el mas delirante "deus ex machina" de la historia del cine. Que todo esto funcione es un impensable logro de Bava Jr...
A difficult film to review and rate. In terms of when it was made it's setting in a cinema theatre, it's image and it's gore are symbolic of the 1980s. It may be flawed but it as a nostalgic cinematic charm. Panic and hysteria works so well in cinema and in a cinema setting. Nowadays demons would be set in our homes with big TVs, kindles and smartphones, replacing the cinema, and fancy S/FX replacing the messy gore.
A post-modern, post-giallo for the post-Mulvey era. It's so self-aware, there is a blind film fan named Herzog who calls attention to the inherent spirituality of the movie theater (and only after getting his blind eyes poked out.) So even in this goofy slime, it's meta tendencies in breaking the fourth wall take on a few amusing meanings. Would make a great companion piece to The Church. Also, it's mildly racist.