Sometimes movies can entertain you without any elaborate plot, interesting characters or original ideas. Sometimes it’s enough to have a group of young people get killed by a psychopath or hunted by demons. A closed environment and gore effects can be enough. But sometimes this can also go horribly wrong…
Night of the Demons
(USA 2009, director: Adam Gierasch)
Zero expectations, only the bargain price of around 5 GBP made me buy this BD. It looked like an okay-splatter movie, cool creature masks, nice-looking girls. Not much to go wrong… and it surprisingly delivered, at least most of the times. The beginning is a bit slow, some of the joke scenes and the music-video-clip-aesthetics seems a bit overdone, but in the second half and especially the ending the action really kicks in, and there are quite some gruesome special effects, excellent masks and yes, Shannon Elizabeth as a demon. All in all it might not be the best demon-horror movie, but you get the feeling it wasn’t meant to be. It’s a remake of an already not-well-praised movie from the late 80s (which I haven’t seen yet; there are two sequels as well) with quite a few suprises up its sleeve and some kick-ass action, pretty violent too. At some points it even evokes a little bit of old-school Romero-claustrophobic-no-escape-atmosphere. Recommended if you want something silly with lots of blood and action, accompanied with rock’n’roll, punk, metal-music, after getting through the first 30-45 minutes. What’s also quite nice is how some flashbacks are done with a filter so that you think you’re watching an old movie… until someone gets decapitated.
(USA 2007, directors: Brian Hooks, Deon Taylor)
Just another slasher movie which brings together a couple of kids in a big villa who party all night and then are picked off one by one with the axe. Nothing original, but the formula doesn’t really get old for me. Only problem in this case is that the movie isn’t any good at all. Some of the most annoying characters, no story, no suspense, uninspired killing sequences? That’s what’s giving slasher movies a bad name. Admittedly the killer is pretty fast and kills without mercy (even though he could have get rid of the characters in the first 10 minutes to get it over with as well), there’s a lot of blood, but other than that there’s not much going on. Boring dialogues, except for the cool main theme song no catchy songs or atmospheric music. And whatever they paid Rutger Hauer to be in it, it was either a lot or he was in desperate need for the money. Watch the first rather intense 10 minutes and forget about the rest. You won’t miss much.
It’s also highly suspicious that one of the directors (How did two people actually come up with zero plot and no ideas? “Based on true events” doesn’t really help much either) plays one character in this disastrously boring flick?