Demonia (1990) (Blu-ray Review)

Demonia (1990) (Blu-ray Review)

Demonia (1990) (Blu-ray Review)

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Demonia (1990) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Brett Halsey, Meg Register, Lino Salemme
Rated: UR/Region O/1.66/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films

In 1486, in Sicily, five nuns are crucified in their convent by the superstitious locals that believe they are evil and worship devil. In 1990, in Toronto, the skeptical archaeologist Professor Paul Evans and his superstitious colleague Liza Harris explore with their team the medieval dig where the nuns were killed. Liza has dreadful nightmares with the nuns while members of the expedition mysteriously die and the locals are against the research in the archaeological site…

With the latter part of Fulci’s work you just never knew what you were going to get. Some stuff was right in line with what we had seen and we end up with stuff like Aenigma and other times you end up with stuff just a little off as we have here with Demonia. The movie starts off in typical Fulci land with nuns being crucified and I will admit things start interesting enough, but then it feels like things just slow down and get even a little dull in patches. Eventually, things start to get up some steam as a girl is seemingly possessed by one of these nuns, but even when that happens the movie falls a bit short of what you are to expect from the master of gore. But that doesn’t mean we don’t get some of that stuff, as the blood does bet better before the end. Right before the end, the movie offers up perhaps its most memorable kill and it’s one for the books.

Demonia isn’t really my type of Fulci movie and I’m a big fan of his work. It isn’t a total loss, as it does offer some cool kills here and there in an otherwise slightly confusing plot. It also seems to have an ending that appears to just sort of be “there” and that usually means you feel like you are missing something when an ending like this happens. Other than that, the movie looks good in HD and it’s always great to get movies from this director on Blu-ray! The extras pack some good interviews as well as some rare behind the scenes stuff that has the man himself in them. I love stuff like that and it’s a great reason to own this one alone even if the movie falls a little short. This isn’t the best Fulci movie you will find out there, but trust me when I tell you it isn’t the worst either.

Extras

  • Holy Demons – Interview with uncredited Co-Writer / Assistant Director Antonio Tentori.
  • Fulci Lives – Interview with Lucio Fulci on set of DEMONIA.
  • Of Skulls and Bones – Interview with camera operator Sandro Grossi.
  • Audio Commentary with Stephen Thrower, Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci.
  • Original Trailer.

Quality of Transfer: 86%

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