Director: Lamberto Bava

ITALY| 1985. COLOUR. 88 MIN.

Produced and co-written by Dario Argento but directed by festival guest Lamberto Bava, Demons is a horror flick with a terrific gimmick. A random group of people are given passes to the opening of a creaky Nostradamus movie in a grand old theatre. Seemingly prompted by what’s on screen, the audience turn into cannibalistic demons, wreaking the kind of havoc that’s every cinema manager’s worst nightmare. Like many Italian horror maestros, Bava piles on the gore: people have their throats ripped apart and their eyes gouged out; a lunatic on a motorcycle tears around the auditorium, slicing off heads with a sword. The dubbing adds to the humour, and the score is spiked with ’80s rock numbers from the likes of Billy Idol, Go West and Motley Crue.
Lamberto Bava will attend the festival.

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