Tuesday, October 25, 2016

When You Summon a Day-Glo New Wave Devil, or Thoughts on Night of The Demons

Night of The Demons (1988) has ALL of the Halloween movie tropes; candy apples with razor blades, teen costume parties in abandoned mortuaries, séances, and demonic possession.  With bad jokes, worse acting, and lots of exposition in a range of accents from the Valley to the Jersey Shore, it’s a movie that starts out as an 80’s teen sex comedy but quickly morphs into something sinister and much more darker.  Essentially, a diverse group of New Wave teen stereotypes who would never be friends in school (hey, like The Breakfast Club) find a haunted mirror, hold a séance, and release a demon who simultaneously possesses them and kills ‘em off one by one.
Amelia Kinkade from Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) and Road House (1989) portrays Angela, the proto-goth bride in black that invites the teens to the doomed party while 80’s Scream Queen Linnea Quigley stars as Suzanne, the sassy new wave best friend who turns into a killer demon.  It’s an old-fashioned gothic supernatural horror movie dressed up in 80’s neon pink, think Jem and the Holograms (the 1985 cartoon, I never saw the remake) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) with a dash of Porky’s (1981).  Look out for Angela’s Stigmata Martyr Bauhaus dance, and the crazy, non-titillating, confusingly un-scary boob job prosthetic scene with Suzanne.
Linnea Quigley is arguably most fondly remembered as Trash in Return of The Living Dead (1985), but she also starred in Creepozoids (1987), A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), and of course, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988).  Director Kevin S. Tenney of Witchboard (1986) went on to direct the 2009 remake, which starred Diora Baird and also featured a Linnea Quigley cameo.




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