Night of the Demons 2 (1994) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Cristi Harris, Christine Taylor, Rod McCary
Rated: R/Region: A/1X77/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Olive Films
It’s Halloween and the teenagers from St. Rita’s High School want to party at the neighborhood’s haunted house. For years, the Hull House has sat in eerie silence – tales of its haunted past have turned into gory jokes and no one really believes anything ever happened there. However, Angela, the hostess from hell is summoning her army of teen demons to the blood-curdling contest between the school’s priests and herself, the princess of darkness. What was intended as an innocent evening of fun and games turns into hell raising, life threatening ordeal. They wanted fun, now they’re in the trick-or-treat party of their lives!
This is a film that certainly mixes in some gory fun with some high sexual tension. At the core of this film we have a 90s movie that still does seem associated with its 80s predecessor. And the ending results are a fun movie that might not knock your socks off, but you should be highly entertained at the results. Angela isn’t a first string horror icon like Freddy or Jason, but she holds her own and has her own memorable performance. As a matter of fact we have a few very gimmick driven characters here to hold the fort down, from our demon butt kicking nun to our demon obsessed student. Everyone here seems to have something going on and that is good.
While the writing could seem uneven and annoy some, I happen to like the fact that the movie is displayed in a way that we don’t really know who will be left standing when the movie ends. The movie does have some perhaps “out of left field” moments, but then again when we are dealing with demons that could probably be expected. As for the transfer with this one, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all. I wouldn’t say it stands out, but details are there and the look fits the mood. Maybe this isn’t as good as the original, but I’d say it isn’t that bad regardless.
– Commentary with the director Brian Trenchard-Smith and Cinematographer David Lewis