Demons 2 – Italy, 1986 – overview and reviews

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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…


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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“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!



“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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2 Comments on “Demons 2 – Italy, 1986 – overview and reviews”

  1. Still the same slimy, nutso, FX but this one just wasn’t up to scratch with the first for me. Absolutely worth seeing, not a terrible film at all, but it’s eclipsed by it’s forerunner. Perhaps that tiny baby demon effort was a step too far.

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