Night of the Demons (1988) - Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Kevin Tenney
Stars: Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 15 out of 149 found boring (10.06%)

One-line Reviews (64)

Worst Movie I Have Ever Seen!

There was parts of the movie I have to say were enjoyable.

The first half of the movie is slow but above all things completely uninteresting to watch.

The dreary dialogue, made worse by appalling acting, with everyone grimacing and grinding out their lines by rote like automatons, were simply too much to bear.

Plot-wise, what we really have here is essentially a hybrid of "The Evil Dead" and "Hell Night," but the film is still wildly enjoyable despite the derivations.

A gory film that was followed by an equally entertaining sequel.

What more can you say when a screenwriter's idea of snappy banter is, "Shut up and drive, b****"?

I found the goofball dialogue to be a real plus actually, I think this is a case where it makes the movie more enjoyable than if it had all been played completely straight.

slight, derivative, but still somewhat entertaining; I'm surprised there were sequels .

Do yourself a favor: Only watch this is you are EXTREMELY bored and want to watch something cheesy (or, to see the famous lipstick scene which IS truly amazing).

In the end this is a very low budget movie, that excels beautifully despite it's lack of budget, with several characters that are more compelling than many Hollywood productions and some really genuine scares.

After this, become to be so repetitive that even the lead actress Cathy Podewell fall asleep in one scene.

This movie is enjoyable in only that way that 80's campy horror can be enjoyable.

The animated opening credit sequence deserves special notice simply because it's so freaking cool and establishes right off that bat that this is going to be an engrossing ride.

Sure, much of it is fairly predictable, but somehow it's still much more enjoyable than the crap we see these days being passed off as "Horror".

If you love your horror to be raw, gritty and entertaining then do yourself a favour and watch this movie.

She looks so ridiculous while engaging in the routine, that it can be easily looked passed that she is showing early signs of being possessed by the demons.

A group of bored "teenagers" decide to party Halloween night away with a pair of bizarre sisters (Mimi Kinkade and Linnea Quigley) at the infamous Hull House.

This was a really impressive and entertaining film.

The film is very entertaining all around, moves pretty quickly, has plenty of bloodshed and special effects to keep you entertained and director Kevin S.

A bit silly but very entertaining, this was very much a breath of fresh air to me when I saw it for the first time last year and I certainly consider it a new horror gem from back in the day.

Linnea Quigley's horror films are always enjoyable for hard core horror fans like me.

After this, the only suspenseful part will be trying to guess in which order the characters will expire.

Once the plot's demonic possession angle takes center stage, the action hums along with a series of dazzling and surreal set-pieces that announce Night's ambition to present itself as the most enjoyable supernatural slasher ever made.

It takes a full half of the movie for Night to really get cooking, but despite the judicious pace, since this is one of the most likable collectives of unlikeable kids ever assembled in the genre, even their banal gonna-get-me-some hijinks and juvenile one-liners are genuinely entertaining.

There's also the fine gore effects and plenty of nudity thrown into here as all of these are a grand part of making this one really enjoyable.

First of all, it was a slow builder.

I really didn't give a sh*t about the two that did survive, they were boring, I liked Sal and the bad girls!

Kevin Tenney delivers his best movie ever, with heart-stopping surprises and creepy suspenseful set-ups.

the line-up of victims consists of your garden variety of misfits that have become routine for every standard horror flick: there's Judy (Cindy Podewell), your obligatory, adorable, blonde sweetheart; frightened Rodger (Alvin Alexis), who's the first to sense something's wrong; Stooge, (Hal Havins) the loud-mouthed jerk; Helen (Allison Barron), she who's easily bored by Stooge's abrasive attitude; Sal (William Gallo), the immature prankster/party crasher; Suzanne (Linnea Quigley), Angela's sexpot best friend; Jay (Lance Fenton), Judy's lecherous preppie date, and cute couple Max (Phillip Tanzini) and Frannie (Jill Terashita).

Night of the Demons is a highly entertaining, cheesy, b-horror 80's classic!

The actors are so bad that becoming demons/zombies/dinner actually improves their performance somewhat, and the ridiculously cliché dialogue is so annoying that you squirm in your seat.

We became bored and decided to catch a matinée.

I can't in good conscience recommend that you pay money to see this movie, but I really enjoyed it.

Tenney tries desperately to emulate the visual style of The Evil Dead and the punk attitude of The Return of the Living Dead, but only manages to deliver a dull, tedious crap-fest that doesn't even manage to entertain on a 'so-bad-it-is-good' level.

The suspense level is high, probably one of the most suspenseful horror movies I've ever seen.

Fun, entertaining, and scary horror flick with lots of gore and good-looking women.

We have mind-yawningly dull introductions to characters that need as much explaining as the plot of a Roadrunner cartoon.

Enjoyable mind-numbing demonic experience .

at least more worth watching.

But, if you're like me, and you really dig the whole Halloween, haunted house with the demons cliché, than this one is definitely a must own.

Tenney gives the somewhat predictable action a post-modernist twist; succeeding in spoofing tropes and breaking expectations.

Storywise, it's pretty formulaic stuff.

The plot concerns a group of friends who decide to have a Halloween party at an abandoned funeral home on the edge of town.

The characters were very uninteresting and annoying.

The dialogue is typical 80's slasher talk, the action is boring, and the movie is just plain DUMB.

It simply becomes more of an enjoyable movie to watch, with also some good looking make-up effects.

Much more than ANY other film from that period, Night of the Demons represents the brainless and hugely enjoyable horror pastiche.

A medium-long shot of a goth girl dancing in a strobe light-lit largely empty room.

It's an entertaining movie that's about as deep as a puddle and that's just fine with me.

Whilst Tenney and Lewis do well in attempting to give the film a fast-pace feel,the screenplay by Joe Augustyn sadly slows their sprint down,due to Augustyn spending far too long on releasing the simple set-up,which leads to the demons flames burning out before they have had a chance to really burn.

it's also more interesting,andmore entertaining than halloween.

one of the biggest things working against it is the fact that there's a ways to go in here before anything really exciting happens, since it does have a tendency to really wander a lot with what's going on during the early part of the film.

Save your money and get the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (just don't get any of its sequels though) or "The Evil Dead" or "Dawn of the Dead.

Its a fun and entertaining movie as long as you don't take it too seriously.

In my opinion the remake is also worth watching BTW.

There's also a subplot involving an elderly couple that doesn't have much to do with the rest of the movie, but is entertaining nonetheless.

When the horror stuff does start it really bored me because there wasn't anything going on that we hadn't seen in countless other movies.

Still, overall I enjoyed it, just needed a bit more people to kill and the killing should have happened quicker.

A generally enjoyable movie overall, this deserves to take its place as one of the quintessential viewings of the Halloween season.

The first third of the film is indeed a little slow.

It's undemanding fun with loads of nasty make-up effects, gorgeous looking (and horny) teenagers and adorable cliché-elements.

Kevin Tenney's "Night of the Demons" is an enjoyable horror film that reminds me a little bit "The Evil Dead".

a bit too slow before the gore appears .