• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

Night Of The Demons (2009)

TITLE: Night Of The Demons (2009)

YEAR: 2009

GENRE: Horror

In this reviewer’s humble opinion, nothing is worse than when an independent film company or director decides that it is a good idea to follow in Hollywood’s footsteps remakes older mainstream titles. Besides the fact that the remake usually adds nothing to the horror genre as a whole, indie companies that do remakes lose the opportunity to add the creativity and attitude that many independent titles have that would be impossible to achieve in the Hollywood machine. Writer/director Adam Gerasch seems to have made an indie career out of photocopying older titles for new releases, doing remakes of The Toolbox Murders and Mortuary in the past few years. One of his remakes would be the 1987 party possession hit Night Of The Demons, and Gerasch’s remake adds nothing to the legacy of this series and is an unintelligent and uninspired effort.

Angela Feld (played by Shannon Elizabeth) throws the biggest party in the area on Halloween in hopes of raising some money for some pressing bills. She rents the old house of Evangeline Broussard (Tatyana Kanavka), a woman who committed suicide via hanging off her balcony in 1925, and hires a DJ and bartender for the most memorable party of the year. Maddie (Monica Keena) along with her friends Lily (Diora Baird) and Suzanne (Bobbi Sue Luther) attend the party for a night of drinking, drugs, and all-around debauchery. Maddie discovers her old boyfriend Colin (Edward Furlong), who is now a drug dealer, at the party selling dope and getting stoned on his own supply. After the police bust up the party, Angela, Maddie, and her friends stick around because the gate around the house is locked so they decide to explore the 150-year-old abode. The group finds some rotted corpses in the basement, and Angela notices that one of them have some golden teeth. Angela steals the teeth, but the skull’s remaining teeth bite down and cut Angela. As a result of the bite, Angela becomes possessed with one of the demons that tormented Broussard back during the Charleston era. The friends get possessed one by one until only Colin and Maddie remain, and they must survive until the sun rises in the morning.

Now it is obvious that Gerasch is an adequate film maker, as the cinematography is well done, the lighting is more than adequate and is not too dark when it could have been, and the sound is pretty good. The problem is that the script by Gerasch and Jace Anderson is terribly predictable and paint by numbers in approach. Although Keena does an adequate job, it is obvious through the sub-par acting skills of Baird (former Playboy cover model) and Luther (former St. Pauli’s Girl spokes model) that they were more hired for their looks and ample cleavage. The special effects are plain abysmal and resemble something from a Junior Achievement haunted house attraction. On the positive, the silent film opening explaining the death of Broussard was creative and the scene where Colin negotiates with drug supplier while the dealer receives a blow job was pretty comical. Other than that, Night Of The Demons is a predictable, tepid affair that delivers stereotypical scares and a storyline literally done dozens of times before. Not even cameos from scream queens Tiffany Shepis (Tromeo And Juliet) and Linnea Quigley (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama) can save the storyline that has been copied over and over again.

It is too bad that Keena’s career has resorted to low budget slasher films because she delivered an excellent performance in Crime And Punishment In Suburbia plus she is the best looking woman who was stalked by Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhees in Freddy Vs. Jason. Night Of The Demons will not help her case with casting agents, as it is the perfect example of what the independent horror world should not deliver. There are many much better products out in the independent film world than the boring and predictable Night Of The Demons.

* 1/2

–Mark

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: