Film / Demoni

"They will make cemeteries their cathedrals, and the cities will be your tombs."

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 intelligent 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
  • Took a Level in Badass: George, big time. Goes from a meek guy just trying to survive the demonic plague to action hero effortlessly slicing demons apart with a katana. The badass intake is enough to rival Ash Williams.
  • The Back Of The VHS Box Always Lies: One of the video releases' preview/summery implies that the climax of the film will resolve around stopping the movie as it MIGHT be the source of the evil curse. This actually happens halfway through the film and does nothing at all.
  • 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. And unlike most cases, even being killed after getting infected won't help, as they'll simply later revive now fully transformed into a demon.
  • 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
  • Zombie Puke Attack: The possessed, zombie-like theatregoers do this.