We all have these movies in our viewing canon, we hold them in high esteem, but in reality they are actually pretty goofy, and we couldn't possibly care less. "Night of the Demons" is one of those very films and it still holds up reasonably well inside it's bubble of goofy and gory fun.
It's Halloween night and Angela (Amelia Kinkade) is throwing a party...but this is no ordinary Halloween party. Everybody is headed to Hull House, a deserted funeral parlor that was formerly the home of a mass murderer. However when the partygoers decide to have a séance, they awaken an evil mysterious force, and these party crashes have an insatiable thirst for blood and it's now a life or death battle to survive the night in Hull House.
Make no mistake, "Night of the Demons" isn't exactly a great movie, it's just some dumb cinematic fun that actually holds up exceptionally well all these years later. Working from a script by Joe Augustyn, director Kevin Tenney follows up his debut in "Witchboard" with a film that is a lot less psychological, actually it's downright silly but it really does work in a vacuum of a standalone set piece where these kids are all gathering . The story moves quick and easy pace from splatter filled set piece to splatter filled set piece. Tenney knows the kind of story that he is telling and never tries to take it all too seriously. The practical effects look quite good and never take you out of the moment, even though it's a budget horror movie from the late 1980's...it's a film that does exactly what it sets out to do and not every film ever gets to say that. Just pure unadulterated gory, splatter filled fun.
Commenting on the acting on a movie like this would honestly be pretty darn redundant, but the entire ensemble knows well enough the kind of film that they are in and they certainly do a good enough job embracing the absurdity of it all.
Picture and sound quality on the Blu-Ray are first rate and the special features on this combo pack release include a brand new commentary track with director Kevin Tenney, actors Cathy Podewell, Hal Havins, Billy Gallo and FX Artist Steve Johnson, and additional commentary track with Tenney and executive producer Walter Josten and producer Jeff Geoffray. Brand new interviews with the cast and crew, a promo reel, a video trailer, theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots and a stellar 71 minute making of documentary.
At the end of the day, "Night of the Demons" will never go down as a classic, but it is some well executed gory fun that holds a special place in lots of people's hearts.
3 out of 5 stars.