DEMONS 2 (1986) Reviews and overview

 

Demons (1985) and Demons 2 (1986, both directed by Lamberto Bava will be released in the UK by Arrow Video as Limited Edition 4K UHD and Blu-ray editions on 22nd February 2021. The discs come with a wealth of special bonus features.

Brand new 4K restoration of both films by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives
4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentations of both films in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
Limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Roberto Curti, Rachael Nisbet and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Double-sided fold-out poster
Exclusive mystery sneak preview movie ticket (admits one to the Metropol Theatre)

Disc 1 (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray) – Demons:

Two versions of the film: the full-length original cut in Italian and English, and the slightly trimmed US cut, featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects
Brand new lossless English and Italian 5.1 audio tracks on the original cut
Original lossless English and Italian 2.0 stereo audio tracks on the original cut
Original lossless English 1.0 mono audio track on the US cut
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for both English soundtracks
New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain, co-hosts of the Hell’s Bells podcast
Archival audio commentary by director Lamberto Bava and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, moderated by journalist Loris Curci
Archival audio commentary by Lamberto Bava, Sergio Stivaletti, composer Claudio Simonetti and actress Geretta Geretta
Produced by Dario Argento, a new visual essay by author and critic Michael Mackenzie exploring the legendary filmmaker’s career as a producer
Dario’s Demon Days, an archival interview with writer/producer Dario Argento
Defining an Era in Music, an archival interview with Claudio Simonetti
Splatter Spaghetti Style, an archival interview with long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi
Italian theatrical trailer
International English theatrical trailer
US theatrical trailer

Disc 1 (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray) – Demons 2:

Brand new lossless English and Italian 5.1 audio tracks
Original lossless English and Italian 2.0 stereo audio tracks
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by critic Travis Crawford
Archival audio commentary by director Lamberto Bava and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, moderated by journalist Loris Curci
Together and Apart, a new visual essay on space and technology in Demons and Demons 2 by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Creating Creature Carnage, an archival interview with Sergio Stivaletti
Bava to Bava, an archival interview with Luigi Cozzi on the history of Italian horror
Italian theatrical trailer
English theatrical trailer

Meanwhile, here is our previous coverage of Demons:

Demons 2

‘The nightmare returns… Let’s party!’

Demons 2 – Italian: Dèmoni 2, aka Demons 2: The Nightmare Returns –  is a 1986 Italian supernatural horror feature film directed by Lamberto Bava and co-written and produced by Dario Argento.

The movie is a sequel to Bava’s 1985 film Demons and stars David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni as well as Argento’s youngest daughter, Asia Argento, in her debut film performance at the age of ten.

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A TV documentary shows a group of teens investigating the legendary forbidden zone, in which a Demon infestation once took place. One of the teens causes the resurrection of the lifeless corpse of a demon, and the demon makes it’s way into the nearby world via the TV broadcast. An unlucky girl, having her birthday party at the time, gets possessed by the demon while watching the documentary and soon the entire building in which she lives turns into a living nightmare…

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For this sequel, Simon Boswell opted to use British new wave bands such as The Smiths, The Cult, Dead Can Dance and the Art of Noise on the soundtrack as opposed to the heavy metal/rock of the original film.

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 Buy Demons 2 on Synapse Films Blu-ray: Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com

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Buy Blu-ray: Amazon.co.uk

Reviews:

“Your response to Demons 2 will depend on how you feel about the genre. If you like your horror movies scary, suspenseful, and intelligent, this would not be your best choice for this Friday night. If you just want to see as much violence as can be crammed into an hour, however, Demons 2 delivers exactly what’s been promised. It’s a silly, gory, over-the-top collection of demon-munching vignettes.” DVD Verdict

“While it’s not as good as the first picture, it’s very well-paced and Bava does a pretty good job of creating some tension in a few scenes, maximizing the claustrophobic environment that the apartment building setting can provide. There are a few decent action and stunt sequences here…” Rock! Shock! Pop!

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“I’m sure that seeing Demons 2 mere moments after viewing the first one didn’t help its case in respect to my opinion, and maybe if I would’ve been really messed up on booze, I would’ve laughed at the stupidity that this flick had to offer… but on second thought, I don’t think so! The awful pace and lack of energy would have put me to sleep either way. At least then I could’ve dreamt about a better sequel. Stick with the original Demons and call me in the morning.” Arrow in the Head

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Cast and characters:

David Edwin Knight … George (as David Knight)
Nancy Brilli … Hannah
Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni … Sally Day (as Coralina Cataldi Tassoni)
Bobby Rhodes … Hank
Asia Argento … Ingrid Haller
Virginia Bryant … Mary the Prostitute
Anita Bartolucci … Woman with Dog
Antonio Cantafora … Ingrid’s Father
Luisa Passega … Helga Haller
Davide Marotta … Demon Tommy
Marco Vivio … Tommy
Dario Casalini … Danny – Ulla’s boyfriend
Michele Mirabella … Hooker’s Client
Lorenzo Gioielli … Jake
Maria Chiara Sasso … Ulla, partygoer with camera
Lino Salemme … Security Guard
Andrea Garinei … Partygoer waiting for Jacob
Luca De Nardo … Partygoer
Angela Frondaroli … Susan, bodybuilder
Caroline Christina Lund … Jennifer, bodybuilder
Karen Gennaro … Bodybuilder
Marina Loi … Kate
Silvia Rosa … Partygoer / Demon
Monica Umena … Partygoer
Lorenzo Flaherty … Partygoer
Fabio Poggiali … Muller, Bodybuilder
Andrea Spera … Partygoer
Pascal Persiano … Joe (TV Show)
Robert Chilcott … Bob (TV Show)
Eliana Miglio … Pam, girl with camera (TV Show) (as Eliana Hoppe)
Yvonne Fraschetti … Jacob’s Girl
Bruno Bilotta … Jacob
Furio Bilotta … Man in back of Jacob’s car
Giovanna Pini … Girl in back of Jacob’s car / Woman in Garage
Stefano Molinari … Demon on TV
Pasquele Valente … Tommy’s Father
Kim Rhone … Tommy’s Mother
Annalie Harrison … Sally’s Mother
Lamberto Bava … Sally’s Father (uncredited)
Victor Beard … Hank (voice) (uncredited)

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