Demonia – Italy, 1990 – reviews

Fan art by Silver Ferox

‘No evil deed goes undone.’

Demonia is a 1990 Italian supernatural horror feature film directed by Lucio Fulci (The Beyond; City of the Living Dead; Zombie Flesh Eaters; et al) from a screenplay co-written with Piero Regnoli (Patrick Still LivesThe Playgirls and the Vampire) based on a story by Fulci and [uncredited] Antonio Tentori.


A Canadian archaeological team in Sicily accidentally unleashes vengeful ghosts of five demonic nuns who were murdered 500 years earlier, and the ghosts set out to kill the group and townspeople alike…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …it shares a fault with nearly all of Fulci’s later horror films. What used to be carnivalesque in his approach was becoming merely tawdry. The obsessiveness, the sheer insolence in the violence in Fulci’s work had, by Demonia, been reduced to mechanical insertion.” Stephen Thrower, Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci, FAB Press, 2018

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“The movie was scored by an inexperienced composer named Giovanni Cristiani, and the cinematographer, Luigi Ciccarese, was best known for skin flicks and Bruno Mattei movies. This is hardly a promising lineup […] But Demonia is still very watchable, in spite of its shortcomings…” Braineater

” …this tale of “violence, sin and blood”, to quote the screenplay, is enhanced by a powerful sense of place thanks to location shooting, and more than that, Fulci’s expressive bizarro camera-work. Uniquely, Demonia also feels like a meditation on the sometimes negative power of human impulse and desire let loose.” John Kenneth Muir, Horror Films of the 1990s, McFarland, 2011

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” …Demonia is a pitiful attempt at clawing back some small fragment of Fulci’s previous reputation. Depressing and mediocre, even dedicated fans will have a hard time finding something to appreciate here.” Jim Harper, Italian Horror 1979 – 1994, Hemlock Books, 2015

“The lackluster performances, flat cinematography, and watery electronic music sap away most of the potential suspense, but on the positive side, Fulci does cut loose with a few anarchic gore scenes to goose viewers awake.” Mondo Digital

“The mystery and atmosphere works better than usual and the movie is also packed with very gory and violent killings! […] The budget for effects wasn’t really high, it seems, and most of the effects – the spectacular one’s like the body ripped in part and the poked-out eye – looks very amateurish.” Ninja Dixon

” …when Fulci’s at his most stylish, it’s easier to forgive the lack of coherence, the ludicrous dialogue, the disregard for basic storytelling conventions, but here there’s little to distract us from those things and the maddening gaffes leap out at you.” Plate O’Shrimp

Lucio Fulci and Brett Halsey discuss Demonia
Lucio Fulci and Brett Halsey discuss the murders

“The overall impression is of Fulci being compelled to fluff-off the big set pieces, while having to pad the movie out in other areas with boring dialogue scenes.” Troy Howarth, Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films, Midnight Marquee Press, 2015

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” … gore, the nun bits, a groovy dream sequence, a funny scene involving a blood-covered youth, an occasionally creepy atmosphere — do little to make it bearable or worth watching. Demonia remains an exasperating experience because it introduces so much that could be used and developed into something good, and then under-bakes everything.” A Wasted Life


Cast and characters:

  • Brett Halsey … Professor Paul Evans – Nightmare Concert; Twice Told Tales; Return of the Fly
  • Meg Register … Liza Harris
  • Lino Salemme … Turi DeSimone – Demons
  • Christina Engelhardt … Susie
  • Pascal Druant … Kevin
  • Grady Clarkson … Sean (as Grady Thomas Clarkson)
  • Ettore Comi … John
  • Carla Cassola … Lilla the Medium
  • Michael Aronin … Lt. Andi (as Michael J. Aronin)
  • Al Cliver … Porter (as Al Clever) – The Black Cat; Devil Hunter; Zombie Flesh Eaters; et al
  • Isabella Corradini … Nun
  • Paola Cozzo … Pregnant Nun
  • Bruna Rossi … Nun
  • Paola Calati … Nun
  • Antonio Melillo
  • Ruth Anderson
  • Gianfranco Bonavita
  • Francesco Biasini
  • Clorinda Pucci
  • Kerstin Soderberg
  • Francesco Cusimano … Robbie
  • Lucio Fulci … Inspector Carter (uncredited)
  • Robert Spafford … Inspector Carter (voice) (uncredited)
  • Antonio Tentori … Man at ‘Bar Sicilia’ (uncredited)

Filming locations:

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

Technical credits:

85 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.66: 1
Audio: Mono

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