Lamberto Bava’s 1985 flick Demons is to me, and I reckon to many others too, a wonderful guilty pleasure of a film. Yes, it’s ridiculous, but has a great premise, fun characters, terrific gore, and a killer soundtrack. Seeing ‘George’ riding up and down the cinema aisles on his motorbike hacking down demons with that sword backed by that music never fails to get me pumped up. It led to an inferior, if still fun, sequel, and a Demons 3 that actually had nothing to do with its predecessors at all.
Anyway, there’s now talk of it being remade. Dario Argento, who co-wrote and produced the film, is said to be in discussions with Bava and special effects artist Sergio Stivaletti in regards to a new version of the story to be shot in 3D. Horrormovies.ca tells us that the Dark Universe Horror Database caught up with Stivaletti, who said:
“We have been speaking about a new Demons movie for a short time now. Dario, Lamberto and myself – maybe a 3D version of Demons, a remake that features the old crew. We all wish Italian horror could return again but we know how unlikely that is. Yet, we go to conventions across the world and people remember our work. So there is an audience out there for a new Demons movie – we are all sure of it”.
My feeling is that the Golden Age of Italian Horror has long gone and it would be foolish to try to recapture it, while Argento’s work of late hasn’t been very impressive [though Bava’s last effort was rather good], to say the least, but the basic idea of Demons is certainly an attractive one that could interest many who don’t really care for older movies, so who knows?…