Dario Argento Collection Vol. 2: Demons & Demons 2
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(Jul 10, 2001)
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Top Customer Reviews
Do you like the prospect of Demons chasing their hapless, screaming victims around in the dark, and tearing off huge chunks of flesh in the process?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then check out Demons 1 and Demons 2, lovingly gathered together into this tasty deluxe edition.
Italian horror maestro Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava joined forces to produce two of the goriest, most merciless, most stylish, and arguably the best zombie films ever made: for my money, Demons and Demons2 are nectar of the Gods for gorehounds and horror movie fanatics.
Plot, character development, and pacing all take a backseat to the most important element of any zombie movie: brain-eating, bone-crunching, viscera-devouring goodness.
Both of the Demons movies deliver the goods in spades, and have the additional virtue of gorgeous and crisp cinematography, eerie and stylish lighting, and the highest splatter-to-running-time ratio of any horror movie ever made, with the possible exception of Peter Jackson's Dead/Alive.
Best of all, the "Demons" movies are utterly merciless: all of the more benevolent horror movie conventions are gleefully abandoned. SEE:
*Dewey-eyed adorable little children get mutated into flesh-devouring demons!
*One of the little demon children explode as it gives 'birth' to a yowling, screaming little imp!
*a fluffy, loyal family dog growl and bark at a pool of demon blood, only to be transformed into an insane and hungry monster, its snout rolling back up over its eyeballs as a new set of green 'eyes' grow out of its nose!
*a blind man get his eyes gouged out even as he begs for the demon to stop!Read more ›
*It's got great gross-out effects(man-made gore, none of that 'clean'-looking cgi gore), esp. the human-to-demon transformation scenes.
*It's fast-paced with good action. These demons move fast and are quick. After seeing this you won't feel sorry for hapless victims who can't outrun slow zombies or who are so clumsy that they bump into them.
*It has a sense of style. Visually impressive, with the movie-within-a-movie scenes and the part where the demons run in slo-mo down a hall with eyes glowing being standouts!
*Great music. Excellent Italian new wave electronic score opens and closes the credit sequences in the first film. 80's songs(these being 80's films) are present throughout both films and are a mixed bag(#2 ends with 'Rain' from the Cult...which is good).
True, the dubbing is bad, but if you dub SEVEN SAMURAI, SEVENTH SEAL, and CITIZEN CANE badly, they aren't gonna come across as great either. Besides, are you watching these expecting to see those types of films? Overall, if you liked one you'll like the other, but admittedly it will be a case of seen-that, been-there. But at least make it a priority to see the first. Plus, a few extras with a nice image transfer make this dvd a must buy(or at least a must see), esp. for those looking for an antidote to all those teen/cgi-fx/hollywood-type horror films. Don't take it too seriously, and you'll have a blast, get grossed out, and even scared...and that's what it's all about right?
The movie is about a movie theater that re-opens and has a free screening. Once at the theater the people there see that it's a horror movie and settle in for a good ride. A prostitute puts on a mask in the lobby and cut's her face, somthing that happens to one of the people in the movie, and once he turn's into a Demon so does she. From there all hell breaks loose. Literally.
This was a well made horror film. It also is a bit of a surprise to me becouse I am not a big fan of the Italian horror scene. The make-up and monster effects are very convincing and scary. Unlike some horror movie's (Zombie, City of the living dead, and Don't go into the woods etc) the movie's monster's are very effective. There are a few scenes of shlock but the movie is such a nice surprise that you can look past all of that.
I should not have to tell you that you will not get the same effect watching this movie at home as in the movie theater but it is still a scary film to watch. Just be warned this is a groy, graphic, violent film that is un-rated for a reason.
Demons 2 was a good follow up but not nearly as good as the first. 2 deals with an apartment highrise and a party. I personally think the makers of 2 realized that most people would see this movie at there home and not at the theater so they made it more for the vhs/dvd viewer in mind. I gave the movies 4 stars becouse the first movie get's 5 and the second 2.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
well, this is my first time writing a comment about a movie
Demoni 1 and 2 were one of my best horror movies ever
i remember when i first watched them, i was like 9... Read more
Man...I love zombies. I LOVE THEM! But I must admit, when I first watched Demons I said to myself, 'Gee, I wonder if that could really work? Read morePublished on August 7, 2007 by Arimis Cedeno
I am jst going say this: I sat down put 1 in and was glued to the set.After that I put in 2 and sat there and I watched that one, too. Incrediable movies !!!!Published on June 11, 2006 by whitewolf
Demons 1 was good Demons 2 even better,the gor and effects are great the plot is great and it gives you the sense of being trapped with no where to go, pretty creepy stuff. Read morePublished on August 19, 2005 by J. Kramer
Demons 2 is a watchable,B-movie gorefest with some good special effects and a good setting(an apartment). Read morePublished on February 24, 2005 by John Current
I have ordered this from Amazon and have been waiting several months and I don't think I am going to get it. Read morePublished on November 27, 2004 by Zombie Fanatic
This movie was HILARIOUS. It had all the gore you want in a horror movie. Itallians are the only filmmakers that have the balls to make horror movies like these, not like americans... Read morePublished on April 2, 2004 by film buff
I really don't know how someone can criticize these films, what exactly were you expecting? This isn't Citizen Kane here, it's Demons. Read morePublished on April 6, 2003 by Stanley Runk
I heard a lot of good things about Demons, but I thought the movie was only decent. It's a lot more original than the majority of brainless Italian horror, with the evil movie... Read morePublished on February 2, 2003 by web surfer