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The Demon (1979)

Cameron Mitchell , Jennifer Holmes , Percival Rubens  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cameron Mitchell, Jennifer Holmes, Jennifer Jones
  • Directors: Percival Rubens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B003XL01TI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Demon" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Cameron Mitchell, star of Mario Bava s seminal giallo/slasher BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964) and THE TOOLBOX MURDERS (1978), plays Colonel Bill Carson a private investigator with psychic powers who is hired by a couple whose daughter was carried off into the night by an inexplicable outline of unknown terror. The Mother (Moira Winslow), who herself left to die, pleads with Mitchell after the police have turned up nothing. Can the psychic investigator find the daughter and stop the demon from adding to his killing spree? Digitally Remastered & Restored. Uncut widescreen version. Product Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital 2.0; RT - 94 minutes; Color; Aspect Ratio - 1.85:1; Year - 1979; SRP - R14.99

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique locations may provide interest. October 19, 2000
This is an odd little stalker film shot (cheaply) in Johannesburg and obviously trying to be a South Africa's answer to HALLOWEEN. It concerns a pair of topless nursery school teachers who are being stalked by a guy in a white mask (not so original, yes). The virginal damsel in distress is Jennifer Holmes, who played the maid on NEWHART before she was replaced by the more-popular Julia Duffy. The film print used for the DVD is grainy and dark and the film has the same production values and look as the old "Police Story" crime series of the late 1970's. However, the South African scenery, accents, and locations could definately prove interesting, along with the frequent nudity and dated feel for anyone nostalgic about the crusty, grainy crime films of the late 1970's and early 1980's.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I give it six stars? May 27, 2007
By ac
Wow, I have never disagreed more with the reviewers on this site. This

movie is excellent. Not in a so-bad-it's-good way; it's just flat-out

one of the best horror films ever. Though billed as a straight-up

slasher film, this one has a lot of things going on beneath the surface

that make it rise beyond the mediocrity of the late-70's-era slasher

genre. I believe this should actually be referred to as an

under-the-radar giallo gem rather than lump it in with your Freddy

Kreugers and Jason Vorhees and other slasher joke characters.

A lot of the problem people seem to have with this movie involves the

non-reveal of who the demon is. Well, I'm about to reveal to you all

the startling answer to this question: the demon is, in fact, the

DEMON. .. that's the whole point of the movie! That's who he is! He's

the demon! He's the personification of evil. Questioning his motivations

is silly; it's obvious what he wants to do -- he wants to kill people.

The movie never reveals why or where the demon came from, but does it

really matter? Let me just say that he came from Flint, Michigan and he

is killing people because Pee Wee Herman drank the last Faygo; does

that make the movie better for everyone? Anyway, what's interesting to

me about this movie is the mood it creates. The movie is very dark, but

it's never so dark you can't tell what's going on. It's not like the

whole movie is filmed in the woods with no light or something. The

darkness is important to the movie and that combined with the music

creates a mood that is rarely ever seen in horror films.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just stumbled across this flick in a cheap 3-disk horror collection, and was startled to find that I remembered the ending being one of the first scenes in a horror movie I'd ever seen (snuck in when mum was watching heh!)
Nostalgic qualities aside, The Demon was actually quite enjoyable. NO, you will not find FAST-PACED NON-STOP SLASHING AND BUCKETS OF BLOOD!!!!! (Haw!)...the one element I like most about effective 70's horror films is the RESTRAINT applied; music and lighting and ATMOSPHERE provide the chills, and the internal weakness of the protagonists' characters are made to be just as frightening (and aggravating!) as the killer himself. It can't be passed off as just another Halloween knock-off; white-faced killer aside, the story has little else borrowed from said horror classic. Yes, the print is murky, but you sad young ones who don't remember VHS have just been spoiled! Old films (grainy as they may be) have a certain charm that only TRUE horror fans and romantics can enjoy; they can frighten us decades after their own relevance because we can remember those days or have the imagination to put ourselves in that position, and don't rely on $2 Million dollars worth of SpFX to get a good jolt!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING with a capital "B" October 13, 2000
By A Customer
Terrible 1979 slasher flick starring Cameron Mitchell as an investigator (with ESP!) searching for a faceless murderer who is preying on young girls. There's lots of talking but very little action. If you can manage to stay awake until the end, at least you can watch the killer chase a naked blonde around. The plot is just like every other slasher film made during the late 70's/early 80's except that THE DEMON is memorable for one thing -- the killer wears a glove with blades on the fingers (years before Freddy Krueger made it chic!). The worst part of the movie watching experience is that the DVD is presented full-frame (not widescreen) and the print that was used to make the transfer was extremely dark. Watch John Carpenter's highly superior HALLOWEEN instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Demon February 6, 2013
Most people reviewing this movie panned it. Fair enough, the plot is clichéd, not much gore, kinda slow. But I liked the atmosphere, and the dialog, especially the Cameron Mitchell stuff, is good for sampling. "The time of the demon, our demon is close at hand" "she's high, high up, she's floating, floating."

And unlike others, I found that the filmmakers made good use of the South African location. All in all, a creepy atmospheric cheese ball of a movie, well written, well acted and well filmed on an almost nonexistent budget. I feel as if I now know how it feels to be a young south African school teacher being stalked by a shadowy creep in the late 70's.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The VCI DVD release has a great picture.
This movie isn't as bad as some people make it out to be. About the only complaint I have, is that it tends to jump around a lot, from one scene to another. Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by Richard R
2.0 out of 5 stars 70's slasher film..
briefly: basic slaser low-budget film from the 70's. I agree with several reviewers in that much of the film is too dark. Read more
Published on February 2, 2011 by James C. Ward
2.0 out of 5 stars No one can hear you scream in the dark
I've never seen a movie shot "night for night" so badly -- this movie is dark and nothing can change that. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by orvuus
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't imagine that restored print will make this any better
I have this movie on DVD (Diamond Entertainment, purchased at Meijers for very cheap a few years ago) and I watched it last night because I saw a preview for the VCI version while... Read more
Published on September 27, 2010 by S. Boone
5.0 out of 5 stars The Demon
Most people reviewing this movie panned it. Fair enough, the plot is clichéd, not much gore, kinda slow. Read more
Published on August 23, 2010 by Bartok Kinski
2.0 out of 5 stars Would have enjoyed it more if it were not so dark.
For the amount of money I spent on this film about 3 dollars and 88 cents it wasn't that bad. I enjoy horror films and I'm a sucker for low grade B horror movies. Read more
Published on May 16, 2006 by Alex A. Fintonis
1.0 out of 5 stars Can anything suck more than this?
I've seen my fair share of bad movies. But this?! Oh God, the whole movie was just nauseating. The dialogue was weak and uninteresting. Read more
Published on May 1, 2004 by Jose Angeles
3.0 out of 5 stars Less Than A Man / More Than A Man...
A little girl is kidnapped right out of her bed by a nameless, faceless maniac. Her mother is found (alive) bound, with a plastic bag over her head. Read more
Published on April 15, 2004 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
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