"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 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...
- 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