Before the Halloweenies head to Hollywood in August for Scream 3, they have some film courses to complete this summer at Windsor College. In June, they visited Mark Rosman’s 1982 American slasher The House on Sorority Row. For July, they’re conjuring Demons.
More specifically, Lamberto Bava’s 1985 Italian meta blood bath. Fueled by a star-studded ’80s soundtrack and Sergio Stivaletti’s gory effects, this stylish slice of suspense tears the celluloid in half — literally. It’s a rollercoaster of a rental that redefined pop horror forever.
For the latest installment of this season’s Randy’s Recs, which finds the Halloweenies dissecting a film that inspired the Scream franchise, the gang leaves little blood on the floor. Like the best students, they cross their t’s and dot their i’s as they hit the proverbial books.
Together, they discuss the differences between Bava and producer Dario Argento’s style, the complicated history behind the “sequels” of Demons, Stivaletti’s outstanding practical effects, the shocking mid-credits ending, and Cluadio Simonetti’s top-tier score.
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