Demons 2 (1986)
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“It’s Saturday night and Sally Day’s sixteenth birthday is in top gear on the tenth floor of a high-rise apartment building.
Sally goes into her room to try on her new dress, but is mesmerized by the action on the T.V. screen. A demon comes back to life in the film and lunges at Sally through the T.V. screen, she screams, but to no avail as her body is taken over. Black, corrosive blood drips from her body.
It burns through the floors until it reaches the building’s electrical nerve center. The lights go out and all exits are blocked shut.
Four floors below, Hannah, a newlywed, waits alone as bloodthirsty demons burst out of Sally’s apartment in search of victims.
For Hannah there is nowhere to hide, nowhere to run. No-one will be safe from the unspeakable terror.
Director: Lamberto Bava
Starring: David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli, Asia Argento
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Demons 2 is the only unchallenged sequel to Demons unlike part 3 that has three different movies vying for the role. While 1989’s The Church is technically the official third installment, other contenders include 1991’s Demons 3 (aka Black Demons) and 1988’s Demons 3: The Ogre—directed by Bava himself. The general rule of thumb seems to be that it’s not considered in the canon unless Argento was involved.
The “film within a film” theme from the first movie kicks off right away as Demons 2 opens with our characters—the occupants of a high rise apartment complex—all tuned in to watch “Demons 2” on their TVs. That’s right, a sequel to Demons 1 is playing on TV in Demons 2, the sequel to Demons 1. It’s incredibly confusing but not at all necessary to follow the plot, in fact, we’re just gonna step over this rabbit hole altogether. Back in the apartment complex, Sally Day (named after the actress who played Liz in the previous film) is sulking in her room during a particularly shitty birthday party when her sad energy spirits demons through her TV screen. After turning her Smiths dance party into a bloodbath, taking the lyrics of the song “Panic” far too literally, chaos ensues and demons terrorize their way through every floor of the unassuming building. Featuring a host of not exactly “recurring” characters—something more similar to a Tarantino-esque universe of shared actors—“the most famous pimp in horror,” Bobby Rhodes, returns as Hank “the personal trainer” who assumes a similarly take-charge attitude. Ripper, who you may remember as the Sylvester Stallone lookin’ coked out punk rocker, is now somehow a very dedicated building security guard. Sadly, Fiore Argento didn’t reprise any version of her previous “abandoned girlfriend” role in this film but her lil’ sis Asia took over as the requisite minimum of Argento daughters on screen. Demons 2 trades in its predecessor’s 80’s hair metal for a new wave goth soundtrack featuring The Smiths, The Cult, Dead Can Dance, Peter Murphy, Love and Rockets, Fields of the Nephilim, and more