Adam Gierasch’s remake of Night of the Demons isn’t making it to theaters. E1 Entertainment has revealed via its website that the film will heading straight to DVD and Blu-Ray on October 19th. It’s not a good sign for the quality of the film, which was shot in 2008 and supposed to be released theatrically last year.
The remake follows the same basic plot of the first, where a bunch of friends go to a party in an old house with a history (this time a mansion) and get locked inside, transforming into demons one by one and attacking their friends. It stars Diora Baird, Shannon Elizabeth, Monica Keena, Edward Furlong and Tiffany Shepis. (One of those things is not like the other!)
Of course, this is the moment where I stop you and say that it’s necessary for you to watch the original, that you should have seen it already, that it should already be warm and snug in your collection alongside its contemporaries like Return of the Living Dead and Night of the Creeps. It’s also where I plead for some intrepid distributor to release the original on blu-ray. Really, it’s one of the more underrated 80s horror films, still a complete, gory blast.
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