Angela Feld is about to throw the biggest Halloween party ever and everybody is invited including ancient demons determined to possess party goers! With no way out of the massive Broussard Mansion, a small group of survivors must fight back and hold off the demons until morning or all will be lost.
As a horror fan I find remakes rather annoying because I’d much rather spend my money on something original but as an adult who understands how important it is to make money I also understand that remakes are lucrative and in the end making movies is still a business. So was I surprised when it was announced that Kevin Tenney’s minor league masterpiece of mayhem Night of the Demons was on the remake chopping block? Not in the slightest bit, it was bound to happen considering the renewed interest in 80′s horror cinema and I figured so long as it was entertaining who would really give a shit.
Face meet egg. Egg, face.
Now I’m not going to whine about this flick “tarnishing” the original because the original was by no means a classic to begin with nor does this remake change the first film’s entertainment value. Tenney’s NOTD wasn’t just fun, it was quite scary for its budget and relatively notorious for a few particular sequences. I just don’t understand what they thinking when they brought Adam Gierasch on to co-write and helm this film as he’s done nothing even remotely comparable. I mean it’s obvious the guy is capable of writing and directing but, in my opinion, he does neither well at all.
My list of gripes just got bigger with the casting of the trollish Edward Furlong, Monica Keena’s bad acting (and disturbing change in appearance), poorly executed harness work, hit or miss special effects and monologue that was hilariously inept. It wasn’t just the cheesy chomping skeleton or Furlong’s constant attempts to channel Groucho Marx, the entire film was poorly paced and spilling over with bad plot devices.
In the end I can’t honestly say I hated this film because I just didn’t, I sat through the entire production and found myself entertained by some sequences and utterly disappointed by others. That happens. I thought the score was fantastic, Bobbi Sue Luther was mesmerizing and the Linnea Quigley cameo was inspired but it’s all about the bottom line with me and in this case I wouldn’t recommend purchasing this film. If you must see it, be sure to rent.