Review - Night of the Demons (1988)

Night of the Demons is a terrible film, let’s face it. The acting is turkey, the plot is dire and there’s some real moral compass issues watching it 30 years on. But then something happens about 45 minutes in…you find you’re actually ENJOYING THE BLOODY THING. Sure, it’s stupid but it falls into that cult horror hit territory. Take it for what it is, watch it at this time of year and you’ll have a lot of fun.
Goth outcast Angela (Amelia Kinkade) and her kooky friend Suzanne (Linnea Quigley) invite a random group of teen schoolfriends to a Halloween party at Hull House, a former mortuary which is supposed to be home to some nasty spirits. Teens do what teens do, and in a silly party game of looking in the mirror and conjuring up their past they somehow awake a demon. The demon possesses Suzanne, who then kisses Angela and passes the demon to her and the games really begin.
As the group get offed one by one, there’s some gory set pieces – one involving Jay (Lance Fenton) having his eyes gouged out is particularly nasty. There’s also some tremendous bewitching dancing by Angela and the less said about poor Suzanne…well.
The special effects are better than they should be really and the ending will leave you chuckling. It’s very random and a good scare.
RATING: 5/10
Watch it for: It’s got the ‘so bad it’s good’ appeal
Watch out for: An unusual place to store your lipstick