9 March 2006 | The_Void
The demons are back!
The original Night of the Demons was one of the best schlock horror flicks of the eighties; and this sequel ain't bad either. Night of the Demons 2 follows pretty much the same plot formula as the first film, with the early stages being mainly comedy, and the horror kicking in about halfway through. The horror is much more jokey this time around than it was in the first film (and it was pretty jokey then), and it's clear that Night of the Demons 2 was never meant to be taken seriously. There's not a lot of ingenuity where the plot is concerned, but there's some nice set pieces (most of them quite raunchy); and the location change half way through gives a nice breather from 'Hull House'. The basic plot has been stolen from the original, and merely features a bunch of kids who decide to throw a party in Hull House. I'm not sure why this demonic building is such a hot party location...but obviously I'm missing something. One of the group goes by the name of Mouse, and happens to be the sister of Angela; the main demon from the first film, who is still be hanging around Hull House.
The movie starts with a scene that sees a couple of religious folk sliced and diced by a machete wielding Angela. This is a good scene for two reasons; firstly, it sets the right mood for the film (mocking religion is the order of the day here) and secondly it's good because it shows what everyone would like to do to nuisance door-to-door preachers. Amelia Kinkade steps back into the role of Angela, and she is joined by a nice support cast - most notably Cristi Harris, who is absolutely stunning in the role of the sexy ginger girl. It's obvious the producers of the Night of the Demons series wanted Angela to be something of a horror icon; this is shown by the numerous scenes that her wisecracking and giving the impression that she's indestructible. This isn't entirely successful, but it adds to the camp value of the movie. Angela's adversary here turns up in the form of a nun, and the film makes as big a meal of that as you'd expect it to. Can't say I'm a big fan of whoever came up with that idea. This sequel does find time pay tribute to the famous lipstick scene in part one
with a new type of cosmetic that bites back! On the whole, Night of the Demons 2 isn't entirely successful; but it's a fun little movie, and fans of the original are bound to have fun watching it.