Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Night Of The Demons (remake)

The original Night Of The Demons is a fun film. It has bad acting but its just one of those films ive never grown tired of. I remember when i first saw it on its initial theatrical runin 1988, they gave out original movie posters to each person seeing it. I still have mine..although its beat to hell seeing as it was 23 years ago.

The original spawned two sequels. I saw the first sequel but for the life of me i cant remember a thing about it other than i. I would actually like to see it again. Who knows it may actually be good?
Well like all things not old enough they went and remade it. I dont even know if this played theatres or not. But i rented it on netflix. Its appearent that the makers of the remake are fans of the original film. For the most part it follows the same basic structure, Weird Angela throws a party at an old abandoned mansion that houses a dark past. As the night progresses, the party goers become possessed by demons looking to breakout into the real world. The remake adds its obvious touches to bring the film up to date with the current generation of young horror fans.
I didnt think this film was a total peice of shit. I kind of liked it in a mildly entertaining way. But its no way in the same cheese league as the original. In actuality the only thing the remake has going for it is Edward Furlong and a pretty cool soundtrack.

Furlong is funny and his character is a real loser, but compared to the others he's the one you root for. He has the best lines and his character gets the best moments on screen. Shannon Elizabeth plays the new Angela and although the originals Angela couldnt act her way out of a paper bag she at least had a presence that added to the film. Elizabeth who is an alright actress has no screen presense here. She seems to be just another throwaway character.

The films real flaw is the make-up effect. It seriously looks like they bought cheap masks at a local dime store. I cant begin to describe how awfull they looked. And it really sinks the film. They were smart enough though to keep the lighting dark to try and hide this fact but all that ended up doing was frustrating me. There is also a recreation of the famous lipstick scene and it really has no impact like the original scene did. Although it did seem that the effects for this were good.

Really its not the worst way to spend 1 1/2 hours, you could do alot worse. But i wouldnt go out of my way to see this. And if anyone who happens to be reading this hasnt seen the original, you should do so. Its a blast. And speaking of the original, Linnea Quigley makes a cameo apperance in the remake recreating one of her famous moments.


The Movie Snob said...

This is one of those films I remember staring at at the video store when I was a kid, wishing my mom would let me rent it.

M.H.P. said...

Did you ever get to see it?