Demon Wind (1989) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: John R. Leonetti
Starring: Eric Larson, Francine Lapensée, Sherry Bendorf Leigh
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome
The strange and brutal deaths of Cory’s grandparents has haunted him for years. Determined to discover the truth, he has returned to the desolate region where they lived, along with a group of friends, to try and uncover the mystery. Ignoring warnings from the locals that the area is cursed, Cory and his friends soon realize that the legend is true, as the Demon Wind, possesses and destroys them, one by one, turning them into monsters from hell. Taking equal inspiration from THE EVIL DEAD and the visual aesthetics of the early 80s work of Lucio Fulci, Charles Philip Moore’s DEMON WIND is a supernatural shocker loaded with an abundance of gore and extraordinarily good creature effects. Never released on DVD, DEMON WIND comes to Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome in a brand new 2k restoration of its 35mm camera negative.
We all know very well the cover of Demon Wind. I remember it setting in the video store and always messing around with it and it lenticular effect ( the one you can get on this Blu-ray if you hurry) but I never did pull the trigger and rent it. Now I ask myself often how this could be? I rented just about everything in that darn store but Demon Wind was never one I rented. That brings me to today and me now having finally seen it on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome. While I can see why some people dislike the movie, I got to say I don’t dislike it. I admit that while the movie offers up some Evil Dead levels of gore at times and the demons in it look cool, the whole thing takes a nose dive in the last act. I mean it starts to go down and go down hard. Still, I found that whole awkward finale to be amusing none the less. I find myself trying to figure out if this is a movie I want to say is bad and be done with it or if I want to praise it because it is bad in one of the most fun ways.
The movie is one that comes full with really random moments. We have a random illusion show, we have a random karate display, people make fun of other people’s penis sizes, and it comes with some of the most out of nowhere twists and turns you can find. I mean, I feel like some of the twists of the last part of the film were just there for the sake of twists. All our characters seem to be by the numbers of rather gimmicky but all in all I have to say I dug the movie as a whole. The transfer here looks great and mine came with one of those cool limited slipcovers that mimic the old VHS. I’ve seen people who review nothing but bad movies talk about how awful this movie is and I admit it is bad, but it is bad in a somewhat charming manner. The last act sucks eggs but is still interesting for how bad it is. Stuff before that point is often bloody and nicely paced even if a lot of it makes little sense in the thick of things.
– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative
– Video interview with Sandy Horowitz (executive producer)
– Video interview with Sherry Bendorf Leigh (actress)
– Video interview with Thomas L. Callaway (cinematographer)
– Audio interview with Christopher Roth (editor)
– Original theatrical trailer
– Still gallery
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles
Quality of Transfer: 98%
NOTE: The first 3,000 copies sold through VinegarSyndrome.com will include a double-thick limited edition LENTICULAR slipcover designed by Speed Blur. If you see this message and you order the release, you’ll get the limited slipcover.