Lionsgate // 1994 // 96 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // November 30th, 2007
No one leaves this party. Ever.
The follow-up to a movie I have never seen is actually a pretty good time.
In this sequel, the boys and girls of a Catholic school for troubled teens find themselves in a heap of trouble when they get mixed up with summoning demons. One collective of hard partiers, led by plucky blonde Terri (Christine Taylor, Zoolander), decides to make this year's Halloween memorable and sneak out of the school to throw a party at the notorious Hull House, the site of a demon-charged massacre that happened several years ago.
It's not long into the partying and sleazy topless making-out that the demons, including Angela (Amelia Kinkade), the lead demon from the first movie, come out to play. One by one the teens are butchered and when they flee, they accidentally bring the demons with them to the school. All bets are off as the fanged monstrosities go to town sending nubile co-eds screaming into the night, usually coughing up a mixture of blood and Hell slime.
I'll stamp a recommendation on this early '90s horror-comedy, no sweat. Having missed out on the first film, I'll admit I'm out of tune with the mythology, but using the word "mythology" with a film called Night of the Demons probably lends its storytelling a bit too much credit. After all, we're talking about a bunch of stupid high-schoolers getting whacked by a demon-lady and that's about all you need to know going into the sequel. This sequel isn't groundbreaking cinema to be sure, but as far as fulfilling the prerequisites for a bodacious direct-to-video bloodbath, Night of the Demons 2 delivers.
Start with the characters, a disposable crew, sure, but they're entertaining. You've got the "demonology nerd" (?) and the jackass cool dudes and the whorish babes and the protagonists, who make up for their boring personalities with a combination of a) large bosoms and b) a dope mullet. But the most memorable character is easily Sister Gloria (Jennifer Rhodes), a feisty nun who uses her disciplinary yardstick to fight demons. Not bad. Not bad at all.
That should give you a hint to another strong point of the flick: the comedy. Not so much a straight horror film as a horror-comedy, Night of the Demons 2 blends a good amount of amusing goofiness into the experience, often producing memorable kills (more on that in the gore section to follow) and some entertaining character exchanges.
The true highlight for the film is the gore. The filmmakers have devised some great methods to dispatch their victims, all of which are played more for tongue-in-cheek effect than terror. A few examples: one demon is decapitated and he proceeds to play basketball with his head; an unlucky lady becomes carnally intimate with a possessed tube of lipstick; another guy's melon is lopped off and his neck stump spews gallons of blood; and, my favorite, a guy is murdered by a pair of demonic breasts (that one needs to be seen by any self-labeled gore fan). When the demons roll, the blood and guts blast out and the make-up effects are solid enough to keep the mayhem engaging. A slimy, spurting, @#$%-ed-up variety of executions that will be fun for the whole family. Add an ample amount of sleaze and nudity to the equation and you've got yourself a fine example of trash horror filmmaking.
Lions Gate's disc, on the other hand, is a no-frills bare bones release. Full frame that's only a few degrees improved from a VHS copy, 2.0 stereo audio and no extra features.
For a shot of B-movie gore, nips and swashbuckling nuns, Night of the Demons 2 is a good bet.
Not guilty. Must I now track down the other entries in this franchise?!? Yikes.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Release Year: 1994
MPAA Rating: Rated R