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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.

It’s literally a movie within a movie, with the film within the film acting as a sort of gateway to Hell for all those in attendance.

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).

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

George
Urbano Barberini
Cheryl
Natasha Hovey
Ken
Karl Zinny
Hannah
Fiore Argento
Kathy
Paola Cozzo
Carmen
Fabiola Toledo
Ingrid (Usherette)
Nicoletta Elmi
Frank
Stelio Candelli
Ruth
Nicole Tessier
Rosemary 
Geretta Giancarlo
Tony
Bobby Rhodes
Tommy
Guido Baldi
Nina
Bettina Ciampolini
Hot Dog
Giuseppe Cruciano
Liz
Sally Day

Director
Lamberto Bava

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