Friday, October 24, 2014

Linnea Quigley Week: Night of the Demons

Welcome to Day 5 of Linnea Quigley Week and I thought we would end of a schlocky horror film that was the staple of the 80's as it is all because of those pesky teenagers yet again. Yes, according to horror, teenagers open portals to Hell, raise the dead and invoke the wrath of serial slashers and today's film is no exception. Imagine a plucky bunch of youngsters wanting to party, get wasted and laid. But where to go? Why the abandoned mortuary of course. Guess cemeteries and lakes by the cabins of a camp of ill repute were too far away for these kids. This is Night of the Demons.

Possession or huffed paint fumes?

Director Kevin Tenney (Witchboard, Witchtrap, Peacemaker, Witchboard 2 and Tick Tock) teams up with the literary prose of Joe Augustyn (Night of the Demons, Night Angel, Night of the Demons 2 and Exit) to concoct... okay I am sorry but I cannot blow sunshine up about this movie because my brain is still reeling from the absurdity I just saw.

Our band of teens feel it is clearly time to partay and what better setting than a house rumored to be cursed? This was their thinking. Sound of mind clearly. Stooge (Hal Havins of Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, Night of the Demons, Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael and Life), Helen (Allison Barron of Gidget's Summer Reunion, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Patriot Games and The Other Woman) and Rodger (Alvin Alexis of The Wiz, The Brother from Another Planet, Sweet Liberty and Mixing Nia) all are invited to our seemingly poor lit house of damnation for a party thrown by social train wreck Angela (Amelia Kinkade of Misfits of Science, My Best Friend Is a Vampire, Road House, Night of the Demons 2 and Night of the Demons III) and her bestie Suzanne (Linnea Quigley of Robot Ninja, Guyver, Blood Church, Vampire Hunter, Burial of the Rats and Hollywood Cops) for Halloween so yes expect many cliches.

No, I do not want to play doctor, perv.

No sooner is the beer flowing and the brain cells evaporating do the kids get the brilliant idea of hosting a seance in their party. Judy (Cathy Podewell of Dallas, Night of the Demons, Earth Angel and Unmatched) her boyfriend Jay (Lance Fenton of Highway to Heaven, The Fulfillment of Mary Gray, Heathers and Night of the Demons) buddy Max (Voice over actor Philip Tanzini of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, Emeperor: Battle for Dune, Invader ZIM, Static Shock and Dead Rising) and Frannie (Jill Terashita of The Big Bet, Dirty Laundry, Night of the Demons, Terminal Entry and Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland) are not overly keen on this idea but reluctantly give into peer pressure. MISTAKEEEEEEE!!! No sooner has the game began, Helen sees a wicked and vile presence in the mirror before it shatters unleashing a demon trapped in this very cremetorium and attaches itself to Suzanne, who passes it on to Angela. Besties!! After the disturbing content of the game, several of the party goers try to leave the house but to no avail as doors seem sealed, windows disappear and all Hell seems to be breaking about.

Will our younglings be able to escape? Must they do battle with the demon and her minions?

Okay a few quick tidbits on the film now.

Our brilliant tagline for this film was: Angela is having a party, Jason and Freddy are too scared to come. But You'll have a hell of a time. Implying that Vorhees and Kruger were milksops and terrified at Angela's awestruck powers that became vague and lacking full explanation. Linnea Quigley had to come in to set prior her co-stars and practice... wait for it... eye-gouging. Yeah I know not one you expect but there it is. Produced for a modest 1.2 million it managed to clear and earn 3.1 million in return due to the limited screen release. With the standards of horror films, I think it would have cleared at least 13 if not 15 million on a national release but that is because of all the elements attached to our picture. A fair amount of realistic gore and gasp, nudity in it as well? Don't they know to give it a PG-13 and then an Unrated release? This took about four weeks and to be fair the goofs in continuity are not as bad as most reviewers would like you to believe.

Frannie and Max made their way into a coffin quite nude but at the end of the flick they were clothed and it didn't make sense for them to suddenly think, "Yeah better put clothes on." One camera pan past a pane glass window did reveal the crew for a few seconds but again over all well lit for the creep factor and this is not a blood caked on the walls horror film but it is unintentionally goofy.   

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