The Demons of Ludlow – USA, 1983 – reviews

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‘Can you escape the curse of Ludlow?’

The Demons of Ludlow is a 1983 American supernatural horror feature film co-produced and directed by Bill Rebane (Blood Harvest; The Capture of BigfootThe Giant Spider Invasion) from a screenplay by William Arthur.

The movie was filmed around the same time and locations as Ulli Lommel’s The Devonsville Terror, which has a similar plot.

Main cast:

Paul von Hausen, Stephanie Cushna, Carol Perry, C. Dave Davis, Debra Dulman, Patricia J. Statz, Angailica.

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Plot:

Murderous pilgrim demons lurk inside an antique piano (though it seems to be a harmonium) that has been returned to the Ludlow community…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It’s got some good laughs from the cheese, the effects make you smile, and there’s some interesting demises. But the pacing totally hoses any chance this movie had. It is seriously slow. People wander around, talk and talk, and it’s even worse than that. They talk about things they already talked about!” Jason Grey, Triskaidekafiles

“There’s even one sequence — in which one unfortunate citizen ends up getting shot by a musket-holding Pilgrim who suddenly shows up in a mirror — that is actually rather effective. This is one of those films that people like me tend to defend by citing its “dream-like” qualities. That may be going a bit too far in this film’s case but it’s still a definite success d’estime.” Lisa Marie Bowman, Through the Shattered Lens

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The Demons of Ludlow does have a genuinely unsettling scene. It’s one of those where it is just bizarre and “off” enough to be scary. The local organist […] has a mentally ill grown daughter with an unhealthy attachment to her dolls.” Drew Beard, Horror News

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“Slow-moving tale of a haunted piano…” Brian Albright, Regional Horror Films, 1958 – 1990

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“Low-budget supernatural tale with woefully inadequate effects.” John Stanley, Creature Features

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Filming locations:

Wisconsin

Release:

The film was released theatrically in the US by Titan International.

Image credits: Terror Fantastico

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