Ten teenagers go to an abandoned funeral parlor for a Halloween
party, only to awaken evil, demonic spirits intent on killing them.
Night of the Demons (1988)
Directed by Kevin Tenney
Written by Joe Augustyn
Starring Amelia Kinkade, Linnea Quigley, Cathy Podewell,
Billy Gallo, Lance Fenton, Philip Tanzini, Jill Terashita,
Alvin Alexis, Hal Havins, Allison Barron
The 80's was an amazing decade for horror. There was a little bit of everything. Slashers, aliens, ghosts, and demonic spirits. Night of the Demons goes with the obvious route of said demons being awakened and creating amazing, gory havoc amongst our group of characters. And, like most 80's horror, this is an awesome showcase of the beauty of practical effects. Seriously, modern movies take note. CGI violence looks noticeably fake, practical does not. Before I rant about that, though, let’s talk about the movie.
Night of the Demons is quintessential 80's horror. It’s all there. Characters that are really only there to be horrifically killed off, creepy setting, gory practical effects, and even two scream queens. The first one being the legendary Linnea Quigley. She’s a name us horror fans know all too well. And she doesn’t disappoint. Quigley brings her usual tough as nails attitude mixed with nicely sarcastic dialogue. The other, which is kind of a cheat since this was the movie that made her a scream queen, is Amelia Kinkade. She does great as Angela, one of horror’s more well-known villains. It’s easy to see why she went on to become closely identified with the genre.
Most people would say the 80's was the greatest decade for horror. And Night of the Demons is one of many movies that helps show why. It’s a lot of fun and houses some great, gory moments. Angela is a great villain and it’s always nice to see Linnea Quigley in a horror movie. If you’re a fan of 80's horror, definitely check this one out.