Night of the Demons (1988)
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“It’s Halloween night. And a group of good-time teens has broken into an abandoned funeral parlor with plans to raise a little hell. And that’s exactly what they do. For their intrusion has awakened an ancient, demonic evil whose hunger for human souls knows no bounds. And now, the monstrous predator is out to turn their Halloween party into an unending celebration of sheer terror.
The visual sorcery of special effects master Steve Johnson (Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Fright Night, Poltergeist II, Ghostbusters) delivers high-voltage shivers in a terrifying encounter of the supernatural kind. So be prepared for an evening of horror you’ll never forget. Get ready for the Night of the Demons.”
Director: Kevin Tenney
Starring: Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Amelia Kinkade, Linnea Quigley
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With a plot you’ll roll your eyes at one minute and wonder why they ever stopped making movies like it the next, Night of the Demons is the story of a group of teenagers who go to a Halloween party at an abandoned funeral parlor known as Hull House to drink beer, screw each other, and have a good time when—to the surprise of no one—bad things start to happen.
Angela (Amelia Kinkade), that weird girl in history class, is the host and sure, there’s rumors that she’s into witchcraft and other creepy stuff but who else would throw a better Halloween party? It’s like Christmas to her! Besides, there’s gonna be plenty of other people there like Angela’s friend Suzanne (Linnea Quigley) who’s just looking to warm her butt by the fire and meet some cute boys. Jay will be there with his date Judy who, according to her little brother, is smuggling some bodacious boobies underneath her Alice in Wonderland costume. Stooge, Helen, and Rodge the Cowardly Pirate, show up just after Dr. Max and his girlfriend Frannie. Count Dingleberry the Flaming Asshole of Transylvania, Sal, invites himself to get at Judy’s cha chas.
After the group performs a “Former Life Seance,” an evil presence drifts into the room like a cold beer fart, but that demon stank can eat a bowl of fuck because Stooge is here to party! Crank up the volume because if you thought Bauhaus in The Hunger was cool you’ll love when Kinkade shows off her music video dance chops with an awesomely possessed performance to Stigmata Martyr (you might recognize her from the Stray Cats video for Sexy & 17). It’s a shame they couldn’t work in Kinkade’s other noteworthy talent as a pet psychic—seriously the actor has published two books on communicating with animals. Just as the party starts getting good, demonic entities start to possess the teens and the evil Hull House becomes a labyrinth of terror as those who manage to keep all their limbs desperately try to escape.
Night of the Demons is 80’s camp horror at it’s best. The characters are quintessentially of-the-era and remain likeable despite their often glaring flaws. The dialogue is so great that we watched the movie twice to make sure we didn’t miss any amazing lines to use in this review. Night of the Demons is definitely the type of movie you’ll want to watch with friends for it’s high heckle-ability, so tell those dizzy bitches to eat a bowl of fuck and let’s party!
Also, if you enjoyed this awesome hor-com, be sure to check out the sequel. Unfortunately it’s not on YouTube, but is definitely worth a watch. There is also a part 3 and a 2009 remake, both straight to video releases, but we haven’t seen either of those so you’re on your own.