When a small group of friends, lead by Judd (Daniel Maclagan) and Molly (Nicole Petty), decide to head out on a “holiday” in Emilio’s (Richard Cambridge) little broken down van nobody could have foreseen the problems they’d soon face. Especially after poor Emilio is distracted at the wheel and hits a young woman crossing the road. Just when things couldn’t get any worse they discover that the van has broken down after hitting her as well. Trapped in the middle of nowhere with no help for miles and no cellphone reception things continue to go downhill for the young people.
Ya see, they’ve just broken down in the middle of a forest that was said to of been the spot in which lusty, fallen angels were cast from Heaven into. Could they be any more fucked?
When Judd spots a mailbox, three of them take off down a path in search of a house. The owner is none to pleased though when Molly and Judd show up. He’s determined to either kill them or leave them outside…for them….his beautiful angels.
Meanwhile, Emilio and his bitchy sister are forced to bed down for the night and stay with the van and girl Emilio hit. They believe she’s delirious when she tells Emilio not to look in their eyes. Somebody should have listened though because the camp fills up with more women without clothing than a naked foosball tournament.
Why is Stephen (Tom Savini), the owner of the house, so obsessed with these angels? Will anybody leave the forest of the damned? Will somebody please grab angel titty before the credits roll?
The whole stranded kids that run, hide, defend and die isn’t a new concept to horror. Shit, just about every damn movie out there involves this formula in some manner. What would horror be without it, right? Johannes Roberts is to be commended though because he mixes shit up and gives us a very cool concept of fallen angels living in a forest and a maniac obsessed with these beings. Not only does he offer us an interesting concept but he plays the game by his own rules. There’s no Hollywood ending here, Roberts shows no mercy. Everybody is dealt with accordingly…even the angels.
The cinematography in this was absolutely amazing for such a small budget. I was really impressed by many of the shots as well as the colors. The acting was quite good and definitely surpassed my expectations of “low budget” acting. They all held their own and delivered their lines convincingly. Though I’m not “up” on all of my U.K. slanguage, the dialogue flowed nicely and felt very current.
Gorehounds won’t be disappointed with Demonic as we get torn necks, ripped lips and decapitated heads! We even get a body torn in half! Oh yeah, did I also mention the angels were all beautiful…and naked? Well, they are. The one thing I did notice (and appreciate) was how Roberts portrays the nudity in this film. It never feels gratuitous. When you see these angelic creatures naked it just…feels right, ya know?
Now, most horror geeks will jump on the whole “Tom Savini is in this movie!” bandwagon and that’s just fine but I’d like to give Roberts a big huge pat on the back for slipping Shaun Hutson in this film! For those that don’t know, Hutson was the author of Slugs, a horror novel based on an 80’s horror film of the same name. Slugs is just one of those horror films you never forget. Yuck!
If I had to say anything all negative about this film it would be that the Blair Witch/Nightvision FX put me off a bit. That’s a petty thing though when considering the film as a whole. Demonic is definitely a cool and original movie. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a sequel!