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Film: Demoni

"They will make cemeteries their cathedrals, and the cities will be your tombs."
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Kathy and Cheryl have received free tickets to a new horror movie. Once inside, though, what happens on the screen starts to happen in the theater, after a fellow theater-goer cuts her face on a ceremonial mask on display in the lobby, and before they know it, the cinema is over-run with man-eating demons. Produced by Dario Argento, and directed by Lamberto Bava, son of Mario.

The sequel, released in 1986, takes place a few years after the events of the first film. An apartment complex is taken over by demons after a girl is attacked by one that emerges from a documentary about said demons. The film then follows some of the tenants who attempt to survive.

This movie contains examples of:

  • Angry Black Man: One of the patrons in the first film who was actually quite cool and helped take action. too bad he dies pretty early.
    • The aerobics instructor in the sequel basically takes the exact same role, and is even played by the same actor.
  • Anyone Can Die
  • Apocalyptic Log: The documentary in the sequel shows a group of teenagers accidentally reviving a demon and getting killed on-camera.
  • Apologetic Attacker: The aerobics instructor does this to a mother who is turning into a demon in front of her daughter's eyes before shooting her. The daughter is Asia Argento by the way.
  • Badass: Tony the pimp who is easily the most Genre Savvy character in the first movie. He also takes the most affirmative action to save the group. Unfortunately, he dies.
    • The same actor plays an Expy of Tony in the sequel where he is a body builder. He is shown even more proactive and could almost be considered a Big Good. Again, he dies.
    • Also, George and his pregnant wife from the sequel who actually make it out alive.
  • Big Bad: Apparently Sally in the sequel.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Played straight with Rosemary in the first film, averted in the sequel with Sally, who is white.
  • Body Horror: The demonic transformations, especially that of the first victim; also, when a transformed girl starts having convulsions, only for a much more demonic-looking, fully-grown monster to erupt from her carcass.
    • In the sequel, we're treated to seeing how the demons deteriorate, which includes bleeding acidic blood and their flesh melting away. Another smaller demon erupts from the chest of a child-turned-demon.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The mask, supposedly found in the tomb of Nostradamus with a prophecy about "the coming of demons" after being unearthed. Needless to say it doesn't take long for it to fire, though.
    • Also the red motorbike and sword in the lobby. How nice of them to put them all in one spot.
  • Chest Burster
  • Decoy Protagonist: Cheryl in the first movie.
  • Demonic Possession
  • Despair Event Horizon: Some characters go through this when they found a possible Hope Spot in escaping the theater but it's another dead end.
  • Dumb Muscle: Some of the clients of the gym in the second film play this straight.
  • Eye Scream: happens (ironically) to a blind man when the first infected shoves her thumbs in his eyesockets. the man still manages somehow to be the first to leave the cinema; unfortunately, that means by the time anyone else gets out the city is overwhelmed by the demons.
  • Final Girl: Gender flipped in the first movie: George is the sole survivor after Cheryl ends up being infected.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: At the beginning of the second movie, a demon from a movie about a demon contagion becomes aware that it's being watched, and breaks out to start a new outbreak. By the way, you're also watching a movie about a demon contagion...
  • Gorn
  • Hope Spot: Several in the first film, the group finding a possible way out only for it to be a dead end. And up until the last minute it seemed like George AND Cheryl were going to at least survive the horror film.
  • I'm a Humanitarian/To Serve Man: They may or may not be considered "human" once they turn.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in the second film.
  • Kill 'em All: In the first film, only George survives, while in the second, only three survive.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: In the second film.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: They're actually under Demonic Possession, and damn fast.
  • Red Herring: The ticket woman seems like she's part of all that is going on. Turns out she's innocent.
  • Rule of Scary: Both films take this trope to a total Up to Eleven.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Both Demons and Demons 2 are horror movies with a lot of humor, both intentional and unintentional.
  • The Stinger: The end titles for the first movie start to roll on the screen, while Cheryl picks at a wound on the back of her neck... Subverted because the credits disappear, Cheryl turns into a Demon, but is shot and killed before she can harm George. Then the car with George on it disappears from view and the credits finally roll.
  • Tainted Veins
  • The Virus: A single scratch of their claws, teeth or horns, or a single drop of the demons' copious bodily fluids, and you're done for.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Its not shown what happened to Ingrid, the teenage girl in Demons 2. She is last shown surrounded by demons while trapped in a car and then in a jump cut, the demons are shown leaving. The only possible thing is she got killed too. That doesn't make sense because they explicitly showed a dog become a zombie and a boy too but couldn't show her death or atleast her fate?
  • Younger than They Look: The female lead of the sequel, Hannah, is 15. Also, she's the producer's daughter(not that one).
  • Zombie Apocalypse

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