Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA Reviewed on 1/31/2010...
This sequel to the movie Demons is Lamberto Bava all the way. No Argento interference this time. Dario was doing his own thing at the time and cut Lamberto loose to do his own thing.
This time, a television crew is probing in the ruins of the city in Germany that the Demons destroyed in the first movie. They unwittingly revive the Demons and unleash the horror again. A young woman is having a birthday party and has gone to her room to watch tv because she is angry. Watching the show, the a Demon reaches out and possesses her. She attacks her partygoers and the infection begins anew. This time trapped in a highrise apartment building.
While this movie isn't probably as good as the first one...mainly because it's a lot sillier, if you come at it from a horror/comedy and gore angle, it's stands on it's own two feet. A lot of the actors from the first film are in this one, but playing different roles, which is funny anyone that has seen the first film. There is a silly demon puppet that is attacking the heroine that is so cheap you can see the strings in several scenes. And the stupidity of the characters and the atrocious dialogue will leave you in stitches. But on the bright side, the gore f/x are really good for the time and the soundtrack is out of this world. You can't go wrong with the Cult on your soundtrack. So, if you're a Bava fan, or a fan of Italian horror cinema, or just a gorehound, give it a shot.
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This 'DEMONS' a clone of first, but still entertains nonethe
M. Jarrett | New England, USA | 10/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"DEMONS was an entertaining gore-fest; DEMONS 2 is much of the same set in an apartment building, but it's still entertaining, very bloody and gory, and downright creepy at times. This film is also quite campy like one reviewer already stated, at times funny, but creepy enough to make it at least memorable.
The story starts with the day of lead character Sally's birthday, and many of her friends have come to help her celebrate her party. Many of the apartments occupants are fixated on a cheesy horror movie where some kids are sneaking into an abandoned city section where the last film took place (I am guessing that's where it is). There's also some actors from the first DEMONS film, Urbano returns as the weight trainer and he's in his usual commanding but silly form, and the security guard in this film was the driver in the car of cocaine addicts in the first film. Both of them ultimately meet a grim fate in the movie. Sally is not a happy camper with her dress for the party, but after hearing her ex is coming to visit her, she runs and locks herself in her room and becomes entranced by the horror movie on tv. In the movie, the demon comes back to life from the girl who cuts her hand and he ultimately is resurrected by her blood. He is kinda creepy but you can tell the performance is campy, too. After he kills off one of the characters, he disappears for some seconds and then comes back and stops for a moment as the narrator tells of the doom sealed by demons on earth, and then something terrible happens. The demon can sense, smell, and see Sally and this is where a cool (for its time in the 80s) effect comes into play...he starts to walk towards the tv and ultimately ends up pushing out of the screen, although you never see him fully emerge, you see him after Sally gets caught off guard when she turns around from smackin' her tv. From there, the mayhem ensues and most of her party-goers are transformed into flesh-ripping demons (you thought I might say zombies, didn't you?) and most of the tenants are turned or slaughtered as well. We also to get to see another mini-demon in this movie, but it was very annoying and it wasn't a very good one (they should have made one like the one in the first movie, but I guess you have to settle for the annoying one). I was glad when it finally got the boot courtesy of an umbrella shoved into it's back. It's up to the hero of the pregnant wife to help get out, and the ending was kind of cheesy but still worked, even if it's not the most classic ending of any horror film.
DEMONS 2, while very similar to DEMONS in both plot and story, is still very entertaining and downright creepy. It's also just as gory too, so you won't be disappointed even if the gore is kind of cartoonish. Beware of the demons!"
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 01/19/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"No, it's certainly not as good as the first one, but I did enjoy some of DEMONS 2. The beginning is cool enough, with the demon's resurrection and it's gaining access into Sally's apartment via the TV set. The tension and dread seem to build quite nicely. That is, right up to the scene where the kid-demon's chest pops open to reveal an idiotic, rubber demon puppet! Ugg! It reminded me of those stupid monsters in GHOULIES, HOBGOBLIN, or some other wretched '80s mess! The apartment building setting was interesting, but seemed to be mostly wasted on the few, precious bursts of action we actually get. I did like the weightlifter folks in the gym. They were hilarious and at least they put up a fight against the infernal invaders! The battle in the parking garage was ok too. Maybe I just expected D2 to be a bit more frightening and disturbing..."
Teenage angst with fangs
Jackie Coupe | UK, Blackburn | 03/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's your birthday party - you have guests coming over, you don't know what to wear, you hate your dress, your hairs a mess, you hate the thought that your EX may be coming over. What do you do. Watch Telly! Sally leaves her guests to party and gets engrossed in a movie showing the apocalypse left behind by the first infestation being rooted at by a gang of nosy kids. They find a body in the movie of a derelict demon and through an act of stupidity bring it back to life. Out of the telly and into our Sally who then proceeds to munch on her party guests. Excellant? You bet! Trapped in a technoligically advanced building the crazed teens sniff out all the tenants and go about getting them all converted, you will see some of the same characters from the first but don't be alarmed, the story itself is different. The infected demon dog was great! DOWN BOY!"
Good Sequel to Horror Classic
Bobby Dillard | Indiana, USA | 05/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Demons 2 is the sequel to Demons which featured patrons at a theater being mysteriously trapped and transformed into demonic creatures. Demons 2 starts off with a high rise apartment full of people going about their lives until an unhappy teen (played by the director's daughter) at her birthday party goes off on her own and watches a TV documentary of what happened the last time the demons made their appearance. A demon featured on the show actually enters the room of the girl and transforms her into a demon. This starts the ball rolling for more and more transformations. The building's security system then goes haywire and traps all of the tenants inside as well as destroying the telephone system. Filled with splatter effects and enough atmosphere to give a few chills, Demons 2 is a satisfying sequel although there are some bad spots such as one "scary" demon who bursts from an infected child's chest. The demon looked more cute and cuddly than menacing. Also puzzling in a scene showing the last stand for some apartment dwellers in the building's garage, hardly anyone picks up on the idea of using cars to kill attacking demons. Even with that, I'd still recommend the film."
M. Nichols | West Chester, OH United States | 08/05/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Remember DEMONS? Of course you do. I know its tempting to buy the set, but you'll be better off if you stick with the original. Made shortly after the original, DEMONS 2 seems awfully predictable and the whole concept tires quickly, especially if, like many horror films, you try to watch both back-to-back. Deomns spread, demons kill, etc, etc, etc.
Set in a high-rise apartment instead of a movie theater, a horror film is again to blame for spreading demon-itis. It's a little fun to see many demon-ized actors from the first film re-used in this film - I still don't know if it's an homage or just a cost-saving measure - but it's ultimately more distracting than amusing. The special effects are hokier in this film and the scares are few and far between. The claustrophobia of the theater doesn't hold up in the high-rise and the viewer gets bored. 91 minutes seem about 60 minutes too many in this disappointing rehash. If you do buy it, however, at least try to enjoy the dopey guy dancing at Sally's party - now that's horrifying!"