The Truth About Demons

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Recalling the absurdist bloodletting of fellow kiwi Peter Jackson, Glenn Standring's debut feature is a clever, gleefully ludicrous flick about demons, disembowelments, and bloody death. Auckland anthropologist Dr. Harry Ballard Karl Urban, a noted foe of fringe religious cults, receives a video death threat from demon-worshipper and Anton LeVey clone Le Valliant Jonathon Hendry. Ballard laughs off the missive but as he is trying to get into his car, he is abducted by a band of Satanist punks, shot full of ...
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Recalling the absurdist bloodletting of fellow kiwi Peter Jackson, Glenn Standring's debut feature is a clever, gleefully ludicrous flick about demons, disembowelments, and bloody death. Auckland anthropologist Dr. Harry Ballard Karl Urban, a noted foe of fringe religious cults, receives a video death threat from demon-worshipper and Anton LeVey clone Le Valliant Jonathon Hendry. Ballard laughs off the missive but as he is trying to get into his car, he is abducted by a band of Satanist punks, shot full of heroin, and beaten within an inch of his life. Somehow he escapes from his prison, but when he relates his experiences to the police, they are more inclined to believe that Ballard's story is based on drug-induced hallucinations than fact. Later he discovers his girlfriend strung up with barbed wire and an incriminating message written in her blood. Panicked, Ballard flees into the streets where his sanity and his faith in rationality slowly starts to come apart. While being pursued by a slick-skinned demon, Ballard is saved by Benny Katie Wolfe, a borderline schizophrenic angel of mercy who knows a thing or two about the dark side. As they try to save themselves in the city's maze of darkened back alleys, Ballard struggles to understand this new irrational world that yawns before him. This film was screened with the Midnight Madness program at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival.
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Special Features

Director Glenn Standring's commentary; Actors' commentary; Theatrical trailer; Scene selection
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All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Like all good B-movies, The Irrefutable Truth About Demons brings a bag full of cliches and conventions to the screen and reassembles them into something that, if not radically new, is clever and entertaining. While the plot itself is pretty silly, the thrills and chills are fast and frequent, featuring baddies leaping out from street corners, ghoulish dream sequences, and one of the most weirdly romantic endings in recent memory. Standrig creates a sustained mood of dread and desperation without seeming heavy-handed. Moreover, Demons is filled with little details that keep the film fresh: the Satanist punks resemble Lollapalooza refugees, Benny looks like a second-hand Cinderella with funky shoes, glitter, and gobs of blue eye shadow, and Auckland's inky streets seem to radiate with malevolence. Demons is a loopy, wild ride that engages and unnerves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2005
  • UPC: 687797611796
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Millennium
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Karl Urban Harry
Katie Wolfe Benny
Neill Rea Richard
Peter Daube Lawrence
Jonathan Hendry LeValliant
Technical Credits
Glenn Standring Director, Screenwriter
Ray Beentjes Sound/Sound Designer
Victoria Kelly Score Composer
Clive Memmott Production Designer
Chris Odgers Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Truth About Demons
1. Chapter 1 [5:42]
2. Chapter 2 [3:02]
3. Chapter 3 [3:09]
4. Chapter 4 [1:17]
5. Chapter 5 [2:16]
6. Chapter 6 [2:01]
7. Chapter 7 [3:54]
8. Chapter 8 [2:14]
9. Chapter 9 [2:35]
10. Chapter 10 [5:54]
11. Chapter 11 [3:28]
12. Chapter 12 [2:29]
13. Chapter 13 [2:03]
14. Chapter 14 [1:35]
15. Chapter 15 [2:48]
16. Chapter 16 [:32]
17. Chapter 17 [2:24]
18. Chapter 18 [2:38]
19. Chapter 19 [2:03]
20. Chapter 20 [2:18]
21. Chapter 21 [2:22]
22. Chapter 22 [2:00]
23. Chapter 23 [1:48]
24. Chapter 24 [1:54]
25. Chapter 25 [3:44]
26. Chapter 26 [2:08]
27. Chapter 27 [1:27]
28. Chapter 28 [4:43]
29. Chapter 29 [1:25]
30. Chapter 30 [2:28]
31. Chapter 31 [7:53]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Truth About Demons
   Play Movie
   Theatrical Trailer
   Scene Selections
   Director Glenn Standring's Commentary
   Actor's Commentary
      Karl Urban (Harry)
      Katie Wolfe (Benny)
      Jonathan Hendry (Le Valliant)
      Peter DaubĂ© (Lawrence)
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