Demons & Demons 2 DVD Review
Country : USA
Running Time: 91 minutes
Distributor: Anchor Bay
Italo horror meister Lamberto Bava teams up with esteemed colleague Dario Argento to bring you a classic two-punch of terror, now available on DVD at an affordable price....
Directed by Lamberto Bava. Written by Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento. Starring Asia Argento, David Edwin Knight, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Urbano Barbarini, Natasha Hovey and Geretta Giancarlo.
I own previous editions of both Demons & Demons 2 from Lamberto Bava....and yeah, they are a bit cheesy, but I thought they were great. They were made back in the 80s when special effects were real and not CGI. Can you imagine how these films would look if they were made today?
So, from our friends at Anchor Bay comes a special (re-issue feature wise) collection of Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento's Demons (1985) and Demons 2 (1986). Demons follows two young girls who go to a brutal zombie movie and begin to notice happenings in theatre mirroring the action on screen. Soon, half of the audience have been turned into blood thirsty zombies, forcing the remaining patrons to defend themselves from the unholy beasts. Stylish, gory, and bleakly funny, Demons is a hugely entertaining horror movie.
Bava and Argento followed up with Demons 2 (my favorite of the two), which finds an apartment building being overrun by demons that emerge from a television set. Filled with more of the over-the-top gore effects that made the first film so much fun. Demons 2 is not only a top notch sequel, but also a continuation of Bava and Argento's playful metaphysical riff on the effects of watching horror films. Both films are presented in their complete uncut versions, and finally we are given 16x9 transfer of the films and brand new 5.1 mixes.....and believe me, these 2 have never looked or sounded so good. This is worth the purchase price alone. And at less than $13.00 a disc, you can't beat it for the Halloween season!
DVD Special Features:
* Audio commentary on Demons and Demons 2 by with director Lamberto Bava, F/X artist, Sergio Stivaletti, and journalist, Loris Curei
* Demons behind-the-scenes featurette
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Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com