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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!
This review is more to inform people that the VCI DVD release is sourced from a film print. The dark scenes aren't very dark here. A lot more detail is visible. All those public domain DVD releases must have been sourced from a VHS or Beta tape.
I had this film on Beta, and later VHS. I also have viewed this film on one of the public domain DVD releases. I think once on DVD through Dimaond, and another time years later on one of those 50 movie pack DVD sets.
The VCI DVD release of, "The Demon" is the best I have ever seen the film look. It is also in widescreen.
Whether you are looking to revisit the film, or view it for the first time, the VCI DVD release is the best way to view this movie.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on February 2, 2011 by James C. Ward
I've never seen a movie shot "night for night" so badly -- this movie is dark and nothing can change that. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by orvuus
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 morePublished on September 27, 2010 by S. Boone
Most people reviewing this movie panned it. Fair enough, the plot is clichéd, not much gore, kinda slow. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Bartok Kinski
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 morePublished on May 16, 2006 by Alex A. Fintonis
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 morePublished on May 1, 2004 by Jose Angeles