Way back in 1988 a film came out that had a campy desire to take the horror crown from heavweights A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. The movie was called Night of the Demons and it carried the tag line: ” Angela is having a party, Jason and Freddy are too scared to come. But You’ll have a hell of a time.” It was not entirely successful, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it delivered entertaining goods.
It used the tried and true formula of high school kids out for a night of sex and drinking, only to end up in a house where all is not as it seems. The kids find themselves face to face with a house of spooks, led by Angela who is intent on not letting anyone escape. In addition to the sex and the booze, it also contained the requisite blood and boobs. We all know how those elements tend to spice up a movie!
The film featured Amelia Kinkade as Angela, she would return in 1994 and 1997 for a pair of sequels. It also starred Linea Quigley, who had already been immortalized for a certain scene in The Return of the Living Dead (I am sure you remember the scene of which I speak).
Anyway, the film has been slated to be remade with a shooting schedule that begins in April. According to Bloody Disgusting the remake now has a writer and a director. Adam Gierasch will be taking the director’s chair, his last project is the nearly completed film Autopsy as well as writer of Tobe Hooper’s Toolbox Murders and Dario Argento’s Mother of Tears. Gierasch will also co-write the script with Jace Anderson, who has worked on many of the same projects.
The original is no classic, but it is definitely enjoyable (particularly the interpretive dance and the scene where a tube of lipstick is introduced to a jello mold). Hopefully, the remake will be able to capture the entertaining camp of the original while improving other areas which fall a bit short.