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Angela is having a party, Jason and Freddy are too scared to come. But you'll have a hell of a time.
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Released in 1988, the movie features a group of teens having a Halloween party in the Hull House, an abandoned funeral parlor. Soon enough, demons within the house are awakened after a parlor game goes horribly wrong and they start possessing the party-goers one by one.

The film got two sequels; Night of the Demons 2 in 1994 and Night of the Demons 3 in 1997. A remake was completed in 2009 and was released in September 2010.

Not to be confused with the 1957 Jacques Tourneur film, Night of the Demon, or the 1980 Video Nasty of the same name.

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Of all people, Judy's brother. In the opening scene, he hides in the closet and jumps out to scare her while she is undressing. Despite the fact she is in a see-thru bra, her brother is very happy with the view. He tells her she has "bodacious boobies" and jokes about how big they are before leaving the room. She is annoyed but isn't as disturbed as one would think.
  • Animated Credits Opening: Which depicts flying spirits, a creepy old house, jack-o-lanterns and other All Hallows' Eve spookiness.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Judy's brother, who spies on his sister getting undressed and answers the door in a mask to scare guests.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Rodger attempts this by diving out a window rather than be caught by the possessed gathering around them. Even though they're on the first floor, he's still surprised to survive.
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  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Jay seems like the nicer guy compared to Sal. Then we find out Jay only went out with Judy because he heard she slept with Sal and expected she'd be an easy lay. When Judy rejects having sex, Jay ditches her and goes looking for Suzanne. He gets his eyes gouged out in the middle of coitus.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted with Rodger, who survives the entire film.
  • Body Horror: Suzanne inserts her entire tube of lipstick into her nipple in the first movie. Spoilered for the faint of heart.
  • Cannot Cross Running Water: The demonic spirits residing in the Hull House are unable to leave the premises because it is surrounded by underground streams.
  • Chekhov's Gun: the lighter.
  • Cool Old Lady: The mean old man's wife at the end. When she realized her husband intended to mutilate or even kill little kids, the next morning she served him a slice of freshly baked apple pie. And to save time she didn't remove the razors.
  • Cue the Sun: Evils of the Hull House stop at the break of dawn.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Angela and Suzanne steal goodies from a grocery store by distracting the clerks with the bended over Suzanne's arse.
  • Domestic Abuse: Stooge is constantly yelling at Helen and calling her a bitch.
  • Dull Surprise: Max certainly appears to have all the emotion of a corpse after he's killed and possessed.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Sal, who dies in a Heroic Sacrifice just close to the film's climax and then being added to ranks of the possessed.
  • Eye Scream: Possessed Suzanne gouges Jay's eyes out, possessing him in the process.
  • Final Girl: Judy, although the film implies she may be a subversion to one particular Final Girl trait. When Jay says he heard about her date with Sal, and assumes she must've slept with him, Judy doesn't dignify his assumptions with an answer. We never do find out if Judy was an actual virgin.
  • Gilligan Cut: "Let's party!" Cut to music playing, Suzanne dancing, and the party otherwise all set up.
  • Grumpy Old Man: The nameless old man, who hates kids and teenagers.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: One of the first clues that something is wrong with Hull House is the complete lack of noise from wildlife.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sal, who in the beginning looks like the Jerkass to Jay's Nice Guy, before we find out Jay anticipated that Judy would be an easy lay and is more concerned with having sex. Sal, on his part, is more worried about getting Judy and Rodger out of the house because of what the demons are doing. Sal dies saving Judy from Angela, and his corpse is possessed.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The old man at the beginning of the film apparently gave out apples with razor blades hidden inside to little kids. The next morning, he's eating a slice of pie his wife made with the leftover apples. Razor blades included.
  • Lovable Coward: Rodger, who is the first to try and leave someone and save himself whenever possible. He gets better at the end.
  • Out with a Bang: Max and Franny while getting it on in a coffin.
  • Panty Shot: Angela and her friend use these to distract some store clerks while they shoplift party supplies.
  • Pig Man: Stooge is dressed as one for the party.
  • Pirate: Rodger is dressed as one for the party.


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