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Demons (1985)

Lamberto Bava’s mid-80s Italian monster-fest features a group of people who are trapped in a large cinema in West Berlin that is infected by ravenous demons, who then proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers.

The climax features a man riding a motorbike up and down the aisles of the cinema, wielding a scimitar, and beheading an endless stream of demons to the foot-stomping strains of Fast as a Shark by Accept (pictured below).


Bava doesn’t need to top this moment for spectacle, but he does so by crashing a helicopter through the roof of the multiplex, bringing the film to its conclusion.

Demons was produced by the legendary Dario Argento, who really should have known better.

The film boasts a soundtrack of wall-to-wall 1980s heavy metal of the type best described as “kick-ass”, featuring Mötley Crüe and Saxon.

Urbano Barberini
Natasha Hovey

Lamberto Bava