Starring: Gary Shannon, Shelly Farrell, Charles McNeely III, Julie Ann Fay
Directed by: Lamberto Bava
Story: A group of tenants and visitors are trapped in a 10-story high-rise
apartment building infested with demons who proceed to hunt the dwindling
Demons 2 is a fun frolic, even though it doesn't live up to the original.
Director Lamberto Bava teams with Dario Argento as producer to create a
gory, fun but terribly convoluted movie. In a large apartment complex, people
are watching a horror documentary/movie on the first demon outbreak on
TV. A group of four is entering the “forbidden” zone where the demons
supposedly dwell to try and find evidence for their existence. Meanwhile, a
whiny teen is having a party, a group of gym nuts are working out, a family is
having dinner and a pregnant lady is doing Lamaze. A demon on TV is
awakened and quickly kills the four members of the expedition. It then enters
our world through the TV of the bellyaching party girl and turns her into a
demon. She attacks her party goers in grand, bloody fashion, who in turn
also turn into demons.
From there they raise havoc throughout the entire complex. The power is cut
and everyone is trapped inside the building with the demons. It’s a pity that
the narrative has so many plot holes, though, and not enough action or style
to disguise them. Situations occur that are never resolved, characters are
introduced only to never be seen again and things happen that are never
explained. The acting (and dubbing) is atrocious for the most part, though it
is fun to see a few familiar faces from the first Demons. While the story and
acting is at times frustrating, if you go into Demons 2 just expecting a silly,
sleazy, trashy, fun time, then you won’t be too disappointed. The signature
gore is present, though don’t expect too much in the way of special effects.
Some of the effects (like the transformation of the dog) are downright silly
and made me giggle.
There is even a demon child in this film, that behaves a lot like an evil Gremlin.
Bava doesn’t have the visual style of his father (Mario Bava) or of producer
Argento, so the film’s scenes are composed very simply with no frills. A little
flourish here or there would have greatly heightened the nightmarish feel of
the story, but that’s just not Lamberto’s style. Demons 2 could have been
made much better had someone taken the time to write a cohesive story and
hired better actors. Unfortunately, this was a rush job after the success of
Demons so we get a trashy, badly acted, silly story about demons in an
apartment complex that doesn't quite fit together. This is truly a movie that’s
just for fun…if you just want to kick back, have a beer and turn your brain off
for a while, Demons 2 is a good way to do it.
Online since: February 20th, 2006