The Demoniacs (Unrated Extended Cut) [Blu-ray]
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BONUS FEATURES: Deleted Scenes, Cast & Crew Interviews, Theatrical Trailers. (bonus features are not rated and are subject to change without notice)
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The other reviewer is too harsh on this film, expecting gore and nudity to suffice as entertainment. Don't get me wrong, I love exploitation in all its forms, but am one of the few who enjoys an Art House flick as well, and if we can incorporate both in one film, I'm in heaven, while most of my exploitation brethren are bitchin' and moanin'. There's enough nudity to keep most interested, especially the scene where the female leader of the vulgar ship wreckers masturbates on the beach while watching her cruel and sadistic followers brutally rape and kill two girls who re-emerge later on as spectres after making a pact with the devil. Have I got your attention yet?
A cheesy introduction aimed at setting the background of the film introduces us to a crew of bloodthirsty pirates called Wreckers. Why the nickname? Because these dolts scavenge for treasure amongst ships washed up on the shore. This particular band of cutthroats is led by The Captain (John Rico), a sweaty buffoon who looks like he's trying to do an impression of Marty Feldman all the time.Read more ›
The plot concerns a foursome of island-dwelling pirates who lure ships to destruction on the rocky coast of their home. Two young women who survive a wreck are raped and killed by the gang, their bodies left to the sea. But the girls return (or the spirits of the girls?) and wreak a fitting vengeance upon their killers - thanks to a pact with a devil. Mayhem, piratey surliness, copious nudity and female clowns (!) ensue. Avast, mateys!.
The Blu-ray looks good but not great, just like most of these Redemption/Kino Lorber releases. There's a little dirt, some print damage and occasional issues with hue and tone, but that's not too surprising considering the age and origin of the film. The audio has a slight but bearable hiss. Extras include a brief Rollin introduction, shipwreck footage outtakes, two overly-indulgent sex scenes, brief chats with long-time Rollin assistant Natalie Perrey and genre writer Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, as well as a Redemption trailer compile (eight trailers in total).
I admired Roliin for his ability to keep making movies under trying circumstances (i.e. without any money), and it is true that he had a signature style and something to say as a director. This one is a little left of centre - good enough but compromised by commercial requirements. In the main though, I feel that Rollin's horror films lacked depth. They were ethereal and moody, but not scary. Surrealistic meditations on beauty and oblivion, certainly - but the fright component was absent. Today, this movie seem like a weird incarnation from a forgotten age of euro-cult cinema. Something like a ghost, perhaps?
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Great movie, well, sort of. Joelle Coeur, I think is spelled right, is great as a psychotic lady who gets naked a lot. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Foreign Movies are a little different. This one was pretty violent against women- I don't recommend it.tPublished 6 months ago by RG
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