You look great, Sally. Honest.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret today. There’s a golden rule of Italian Horror that I really should pay more attention to. It is as follows: a director’s last film is only his worst until he releases his next one. However, me being me, I completely forgot about this, and after finishing Lamberto Bava’s Demons, I noticed that the sequel was available to watch on Lovefilm. The first one was a plotless pot of insanity that threw a bravura amount of gore and mess at the screen, and as a result, I quite enjoyed it. Yes, there was a typically hamfisted message about movies rotting your brain or some such drivel, but it didn’t really matter. Still, Argento co-wrote this one, so it should be an improvement in the plot department from the original, surely? I mean this should be easy- fix the things that didn’t work (mostly the writing), and keep doing what you did with the things that do work.
I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s the movie that’s making this happen!
Scream 2 has basically one scene to recommend it: the opening in the cinema. This sequence is so good that it buys the film a lot of credit that it basically doesn’t deserve. Knowing what I know about the Scream films, and Kevin Williamson’s writing in general, it may come as absolutely no surprise to discover that the best scene in Scream 2 has been done before, and done better. I’m sure it was probably done before Demons, but Lamberto Bava’s 1985 zombie/ demon schlockfest is a hugely entertaining little movie that makes the most out of a very simple premise, and I would not be at all surprised to discover that he ripped this film off for his opening. Read More…