Demons 2

Year: 1986

Director: Lamberto Bava

Written by: Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Franco Ferrini, Dardano Sacchetti

Threat: Demons

Weapon of Choice: Claws

Based upon: Original

IMDb page: IMDb link

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Other movies in this series:
Cemetery Man

The tyranist's thoughts
From the first blacked out moments of this movie until the very end, I never sensed a single gram of purpose. The movie seems to be based around the question, "What if demons were unleashed in a building that nobody could get out of?" You know, sort of a Towering Inferno only not with fire. Well, I wish that at the very least, someone in a voice-over would have asked that question. Then I could have spent time watching the answer. Instead, I spent the whole movie trying to decipher the question.
So there's this high-security residential building somewhere in the world whose occupants all happen to be watching the same movie/documentary about demons on the same night. Well, it happens. One of the demons comes out of the TV and soon the power is out and the entire building is locked down. Panic ensues.
There were innumerable inexplicable events in this movie and even those that made sense didn't seem normal for some reason. For instance, all the phones in the building are dead. No one can call out. But one boy's mother tries to call him at home and the phone in the apartment rings. Another for instance, there are two cars trying to get to the building for various reasons. When they do finally arrive, they arrive at the same time and crash into one another. SECONDS later an ambulance is on the scene to help the people. Meanwhile the entire night passes without any kind of outside assistance ever even coming near the building. No one ever tries to get in and in fact, when someone does finally get out, the town looks completely deserted.
I really like Asia Argento but she is completely wasted here. Her scenes consisted entirely of her whimpering into her mother's dress for about five minutes of screen time and then there was no resolution on her character. I sort of think this is due to the fact that I was watching the rated R version rather than the uncut version, but they still should have done something. The rest of the cast is pretty throw-away.
One of my biggest problems with this movie is simply that I saw a lot of potential for it, but they completely messed it up both in the idea and the execution. I wouldn't recommend seeing it unless you just want to check out the cool demons.

Total Skulls: 16

Sequel skull
Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie skullskull
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise skull
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution skull
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut skull
Phone lines are cut skull
Someone investigates a strange noise skullskull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer skull
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes
x years before/later
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore skull
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots skullskull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell? skull