It has it’s moments..
Demon Divas and the Lanes of Damnation (2009)
Directed By: Mike Watt
Where to get it: MVD
Well one thing I could say when watching Demon Divas and the Lanes of Damnation was that I was happy they were demons and not witches. Usually when you get a group of women together in a horror film they turn out to be a group of witches, so at least this one doesn’t got the usual way in that sense. Now Demons can be cool in movies, especially when you are trying to channel Night of the Demons and other such movies like that. So it’s at least trying really hard, even if at the end the results for Demon Divas and the Lanes of Damnation isn’t as great as I’m sure they had wanted.
Two nerdy college coeds get the best of a popular sorority when they are granted a wish by the seductive demons that run a local bowling alley. The wish goes horribly, horribly wrong. An homage to classic 1980s horror comedies from Fred Olen Ray, David DeCoteau and Jim Wynorski – and starring the original 80s scream queen Brinke Stevens. It’s also a rather short film, which is a pretty good thing because I wouldn’t have wanted this to drag on any longer than it did. And while it wasn’t MY cup of tea, it does have it’s moments.
So we are at the Bowling Alley with some people who look to be in their mid 30’s pretending to be college kids. Seeing as how most high school kids on TV are in their 20’s I’ll give that a pass I suppose. But one thing for sure, it’s very indie. And being very indie can be both a good and a bad thing. It does look how it is (again meaning indie), and it does have some editing issues here and there that are extremely noticeable. But that being said, it has a few random fun moments here and there. And when you add that in with the short run-time, it’s not that hard to watch regardless of how indie (there’s that word again) it is..And believe me, it’s REALLY indie.
The film makes it’s attempt to be funny at times, and a few times it did get a little laugh out of me. I also think the writing and all shows that the film really tried to be a little hip and different, but it doesn’t work out that way entirely. One problem being the fact that a lot of these people (or maybe it’s just the characters and not the actors) come across as massively annoying. Reaching annoying levels even when I don’t think it’s being asked of them to be annoying.
So the movie rolls along and it doesn’t end really how you might expect, which is a good thing. But I just don’t think I was feeling this one very much. Our group of demons talk in turn and it gets pretty corny at times. It’s just little things like that which I think could have been skipped in the making of it and made things a whole lot better. There’s also a lot of things that go entirely how they shouldn’t go or never really amount to anything at all. So, it’s got some fun moments but it might not be enough to reach out to a large amount of horror fans.
Well the world did need more horror films that take place in bowling alleys, but besides that there isn’t a whole lot for us to talk about when talking about Demon Divas and the Lanes of Damnation. We got some indie effects and CGI and we even have some natural effects, just not enough of them. So I guess watch at your own risk if you are into that stuff.
The Rating (4.5/10)