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A gruesome and amusing '80s fright flick that easily kept gore-hounds entertained during down time for Freddy and Jason, Witchboard director Kevin S. Tenney's Night of the Demons arrives on DVD with some fun extras thanks to Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the presentation here is a real treat for fans whose well-worn VHS tapes may snap after one more jarring rewind. It also may come as a surprise for those who missed its original theatrical run to see what a stylish ...
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A gruesome and amusing '80s fright flick that easily kept gore-hounds entertained during down time for Freddy and Jason, Witchboard director Kevin S. Tenney's Night of the Demons arrives on DVD with some fun extras thanks to Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the presentation here is a real treat for fans whose well-worn VHS tapes may snap after one more jarring rewind. It also may come as a surprise for those who missed its original theatrical run to see what a stylish little film Night of the Demons really is -- with the near-expressionist sets and creative lighting truly setting it apart from the pack. As for the picture itself, the presentation is sharp and clean despite some noticeable degradation during the gorier scenes (cut back into the film after being excised by the MPAA). Nevertheless, one would be hard-pressed to ask for a better presentation than this. The Dolby Digital Ultra Stereo soundtrack rings through loud and clear with little to no evidence of audible distortion. Of course, longtime Night of the Demons devotees familiar with Anchor Bay know that the company wouldn't simply call it quits by offering a truly satisfying presentation of the feature itself, and it's in the realm of bonus materials that the company really shows its devotion to this oft-neglected gem. An audio commentary track featuring director Tenney, executive producer Walter Josten, and producer Jeff Geoffray may be a little too self-congratulatory for some tastes (even if they do deserve the right to pat themselves on the back a bit), though it does offer many interesting tidbits regarding the production and remains lively throughout. Good humored scream queen Linnea Quigley has some fun talking about her participation in the film in a fourteen-minute featurette entitled "My Demon Nights," and after listening to the anecdotes of the lovely Quigley, viewers can check out a promo reel originally intended for video distributors, a theatrical trailer, a video trailer, and television spots. Though the promo reel and video trailer appear to have been taken from a VHS master, they still retain the playful spirit of the film, and it's great to see them included here.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Audio commentary with director Kevin Tenney, executive producer Walter Josten, and producer Jeff Geoffray; "My Demon Nights": An all-new 14-minute interview with actress Linnea Quigley; Promo reel; Theatrical trailer; Video trailer; TV spots
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Editorial Reviews

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This well-crafted but hollow horror entry manages to deliver the requisite amount of gruesome shocks and little else. There's a solid little chiller waiting to get out in Night of the Demons, but it is consistently held back by a slapdash script from producer Joe Augustyn: despite a workable premise and an interesting origin for its haunted house, the script is burdened with thin, obnoxious characterizations, too much self-consciously clever dialogue, and a weak sense of structure particularly in the second half. Thus, the resulting film is inescapably mediocre but hardcore horror fans will find it watchable for two reasons. The first is Kevin Tenney's direction: he makes the best of the weak script by couching it strong production values, shooting it in an atmospheric fashion and managing to pull off the occasional impressive sequence along the way. The other reason is some strong, creepy makeup-effects work by Steve Johnson, including a memorably bizarre trick involving lipstick it's tough to describe; you just have to see it. All in all, Night of the Demons is a lightweight example of shock-horror fare that will probably turn off a general audience but has enough gruesome flair for the hardcore genre enthusiasts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • UPC: 013131277494
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lance Fenton Jay
Cathy Podewell Judy
Alvin Alexis Roger
Hal Havins Stooge
Amelia Kinkade Angela
Linnea Quigley Suzanne
Jill Terashita Fran
Allison Barron Helen
William Gallo Sal
Donnie Jeffcoat Billy
Philip Tanzini Max
Harold Ayer Old Man
Marie Denn Old Man's Wife
Karen Ericson Judy's Mother
James W. Quinn Voice Only
Clark Jarret Clerk #2
Technical Credits
Kevin S. Tenney Director
Ken Aichele Art Director
Joe Augustyn Producer, Screenwriter
David Lewis Cinematographer
Daniel Duncan Editor
Jeff Geoffray Producer
Bo Harwood Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Johnson Makeup, Makeup Special Effects
Walter Josten Executive Producer, Producer
Michael Josten Associate Producer
Dennis C. Lewiston Cinematographer
Sally Nicolav Set Decoration/Design
Patricia Bando Josten Associate Producer
Donna Reynolds Costumes/Costume Designer
Kelly Schroeder Asst. Director
John Stewart Stunts
Dennis Michael Tenney Score Composer
Rene Torres Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [3:23]
2. Happy Halloween, Old Man! [2:11]
3. Where's The Freakin' Party? [4:35]
4. Pretty In Pink [5:38]
5. Hull House [5:59]
6. Let's Party! [5:43]
7. Possession [9:25]
8. Tale of The Ancient Indians [3:29]
9. The Separated [5:03]
10. Angela's Demon Dance [5:24]
11. Girls Gone Mad [4:04]
12. Prey of The Demons [5:13]
13. Run Judy Run! [11:08]
14. The Crematorium [7:12]
15. Escape [7:37]
16. End Credits [3:30]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      My Demon Nights (14 mins.)
      Commentary
         Ultra Stereo
         Commentary with Director Kevin Tenney, Executive Producer Walter Josten and Producer Jeff Geoffray
         Play
      Trailers
         Theatrical Trailer
         Video Trailer
      TV Spots
         Spot #1 (:30)
         Spot #2 (:30)
         Spot #3 (:30)
      Promo Reel (4 mins.)
   Audio Setup
      Ultra Stereo
      Commentary with Director Kevin Tenney, Executive Producer Walter Josten and Producer Jeff Geoffray
      Play
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Night of the Demons

    Night of the Demons is one of the best horror movies ever!!! It is the perfect 80's horror movie, it has blood, suspense, and horror. Night of the Demons is about a group of 10 teens, featuring, Linnea Quigley, Jill Terashita, Alvin Alexis, Cathy Podewell, and Billy Gallo, who are invited to Angela's"Amelia Kincaid" Halloween party at the supposedly haunted Hull House. Well as the night wears on the teens decide to hold a seance, and accidentally release a demonic spirit that possesses anyone. Now the teens must find a way out of Hull House, alive, before they become part of the dead party list...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This film is not for kids under 18.

    I was about ten years old the first time I saw this film, and it scared me half to death. It has the perfect setting. On Halloween night, a group of teens decide to throw a party and hold a seance at an abandoned funeral parlor rumored to be haunted or worse, possessed by demons. It is a typical '80s horror flick. There's a certain memorable scene, in which I won't go into any detail about, involving a tube of lipstick, that has been tattooed on my brain for the rest of my life. Now that I'm an adult, this movie is not as scary anymore. In fact, it's kind of comical in a way. Watch out for Angela, the hostess of the party.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best horror movie.

    This movie, by far, is the best horror movie i've ever seen. I am young, and this is the only scary movie that has ever scared me, Candyman or The Exorcist didn't even scare me like this movie has. The scariest parts in the film, are which the scenes, when she is floating in the hallway after one of the characters in the film. Amelia Kinkade did an amazing job as, portaying, Angela. This is a very exciting movie. The movie is entertaining all the way through. The end is tight. It's the tightest ending i've ever seen in a horror film in a long time. The two sequals are good, but not as good as the original. That is why I give this movie a 5/5 because of it's originality. I am young person so I enjoy this stuff. lol. This movie is tight and I recomend it to people who love horror films.

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    Posted October 24, 2008

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