The original Night of the Demons (review here by yours truly) is a cult classic from the good old 80’s that is often grabbed by horror fans in October when they are in need of some Demon possession fun. While it is dated, and many of the gags that back in the day must have been quite cool fall flat or just look silly in 2010, it is still an atmosphere laden gem that has that unmistakable intangible that modern day horror movies seem to lack…fun. Enter the inevitable remake which. despite a cast of either no names or B-list talent, and a release that seemed to have come from nowhere, does a great job of encapsulating the spirit of the 80’s classic and even manages to provide some legitimate tension, jolt-scares, and prosthetic gore. It isn’t perfect a perfect translation (but then again, the original wasn’t perfect either), but after wading through the slog of Hollywood horror remakes for the better part of the last decade, I found NOTD 09′ to be a refreshing blast of sleazy, raunchy, gooey fun that has just enough tricks up its sleeve to ascend into a rare upper echelon of not only downright groovy horror remakes, but just plain fun and radical horror movies in general.
Since NOTD 09′ (that’s my cool little shorthand name for it, deal with it) is the kind of movie that doesn’t beg for any real type of analysis or even that much explanation, I’ll keep this fairly brief. Some entirely-too-good-looking-to-be-anyone-who-exists-in-the-real-world 20 somethings are invited by the resident creepy goth chick, Angela, to a house with a long history of bloodletting and gruesome happenings dating back 150 years. Of course, this party is taking place on Halloween night, because if you’re going to tempt fate, go big right? After dancing, and obligatory party shots of chicks making out and girls wearing “clothing” that is so tight and revealing you wonder if they painted them on, the party eventually gets busted up by those ASSHOLE COPS who are only around when they can kill your buzz but always seem to run off once you’re inundated with the demonic un-fucking-dead. So after some “we need to get back into the building to find our drunk whore friend and get her home” shenanigans, demons, who are trying to possess enough people on Halloween night in order to screw up some biblical loophole business, show up and start slowly turning people and causing the ruckus that they are known to do in any horror movie they find themselves in. Demon orgy? Check. Demon Sex? Check. Demon gut munching? Check. Very creative substance/material that demons are “allergic” too? Check. DEMON LESBIANS? CHECKKKKKKKKKK. Someone at the Halloween party dressed up like the Jigsaw puppet from the SAW MOVIES? MOTHERFUCKING CHECK!!!!!!
All jokes aside, the film is pretty well acted, and it even stars the kid from Terminator 2, Edward Furlong. Also Doira Baird and some other floozies I’ve seen in a bunch of these horror movies lately. It isn’t quite a gorefest, but when the gore is present, it’s done quite beautifully with rubber, latex and Karo syrup. The boo scares are very clever and well-timed to hit on the down or off beats and there are more than a few fake out scares that are teeth grinders because you’re just waiting for the shit to hit the fan. The ending is also clever enough to gain praise and it doesn’t fall into the typical trappings of “OMG WE HAVE TO LEAVE ROOM FOR A SEQUEL” end of movie bullshit. Since going on any further would mean I would just start spoiling the best parts, I’ll leave you with a HEARTY recommendation and a 3.5 out of 5 star score. If you’re a fan of the originals, this is a must. I mentioned the demon lesbians right?