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Film / Demons Never Die

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Fear has a new face. But whose face is it?

Demons Never Die is a British slasher movie released in 2011, and stars Robert Sheehan, Jennie Jacques, Jacob Anderson, Shanika Warren-Markland, Jason Maza, Emma Rigby, Ashley Walters, Reggie Yates and Tulisa Contostavlos. The film follows a group of teenagers who make a Suicide Pact, and record video diaries of their final days. However, an unknown killer is hunting them down one by one, which leads some to question their will to live.

This film received mostly negative views, while some acknowledged the potential impact this movie made, such as the concept of young people debating on whether or not they actually want to die. However, the majority of reviews make note of its poor horror useage.

Not to be confused with the video game Demons Never Lie.


Demons Never Die contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: We find out through flashbacks that Archie's father shot his mother, an event which he witnessed during his childhood. His father then turns the gun on Archie and...well, that's about it, really.
  • Asshole Victim: Kenny.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Archie and Jasmine end up together in the end. It's too bad that everyone else was killed by Bates, who may not be completely dead.
  • Captain's Log: Kenny plans on making sure the group's pact is documented on camera, going as far as breaking into Ashleigh's home and setting up cameras.
  • Damsel in Distress: Jasmine fills this trope at least twice.
  • Dead Man Walking: Lampshaded by Kenny during the group's online meeting after making the pact.
    Kenny "We're dead men walking."
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Jasmine's reaction to Archie when he admits to trying to talk her out of the pact.
  • Dwindling Party: Each member of the suicide pact is killed off individually.
    • Gutted Like a Fish: Amber, Davey, Hudson and his wife Kate, Kenny, Mason, Samantha
    • In the Back: Ashleigh, Cain, James
    • Slashed Throat: Sachin
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Essentially what the surviving members of the suicide pact plan to do...except Kenny of course. By the end of the film, only Archie and Jasmine manage this.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Mason and Bates, respectively and literally.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Considering that Amber aborted her child prior to the film's opening scene, this is what causes her to join the group in their suicide pact and actually is the reason she is murdered.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Hudson. While he is never actually shown to be even remotely sinister or threatening, one can only assume that he was in league with Bates and knew about the murders. He is shown making a phone call to an anonymous person, saying that he is "backing out of the deal". This costs him not just his own life, but his wife too.
    • Backed up further when Bates tells Jasmine that he is "one of (the demons)", implying that, at some point, he was working with another.
  • In the Back: Archie, except he is lucky enough to survive it.
  • Knife Nut: When James is attacked by two thugs in the street, he reveals that he is armed with a knife to defend himself.
    • Archie brings a knife with him to Ashleigh's party.
    • The killer uses in pure slashion genre a long sharped knife in his murderers,
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: With a twist. After the killer cuts off the electricity to Ashleigh's house during her party, everyone apart from the main characters immediately leaves. Ashleigh, who is already outside the house when this happens, is killed before she can get anyone's attention.
  • Mirror Scare: While recording her video diary at a vanity mirror, Samantha drops her make-up brush. After she picks it up, the killer is stood behind her.
  • Murder-Suicide: Kenny eventually decides to do this to the rest of the group instead.
  • Not Quite Dead: Jasmine shoots Bates in the back as he tries to kill Archie, and the two presumably end up together. However, moments before the credits roll, Bates delivers the closing monologue before opening his eyes.
  • Parental Abandonment: Archie's mother was murdered when he was a child.
  • The Reveal: Bates/the narrator is actually the killer.
  • The Sociopath: After revealling his true identity the killer boasts the he's "one of the demons" and preciselly one of the worst kind who loves to prey on the weak ones.
  • Starts with a Suicide: Subverted in that Amber was murdered in her own home, yet under the circumstances, the police are led to believe that it was a suicide.
  • Suicide Pact: The main plot of the film.
  • Title Drop: The closing one-liner to the film.
    Bates: One last thing... demons never die.


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