1-12 - Movie Review: NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2Lions Gate Home Video

“A kiss is a sin when it is an upper persuasion for a lower invasion.”

For years, Hull House has sat in eerie silence-tales of its haunted past have turned into gory jokes-and no one really believes anything ever happened. But a special anniversary date is approaching…and, unknown to the local high school students, a horrorfest is in the works. While most of the students at St. Rita’s High School are excited about the “official” Halloween dance, Shirley Finnerty intends to party elsewhere. She and her rebellious cohorts are planning a wilder party at the abandoned “haunted” mansion. They want fun…now they’re in for the hell-raising party of their lives!

Ever since watching the original 1988 supernatural horrorfest Night Of The Demons back in 1991 on Cinemax late one night whilst spending the night at my grandparent’s place, it’s been a go-to classic favorite for popping in and watching every year or so around Halloween. Its sequel, Night Of The Demons 2, I didn’t get around to watching until recently. Mainly, this was due to the fact that the sequel wasn’t made until six years after the original, in a period of time where I was shunning any and all horror-associated movies due to reasons. By the time I started getting back into the horror genre, Night Of The Demons 2 was kind of hard to find, even in VHS rental copies. Finally, though, it was given a DVD release in the 2000s, and I was able to rent the movie and give it a watch to see how this sequel stood up to the original.

Keep in mind, the original Night Of The Demons is a low-budget and fun schlock-fest that’s more guilty pleasure than cinematic masterpiece. Night Of The Demons 2 keeps up the whole schlocky fun spirit while adding a few pieces to the story to keep it from being a mere rehash of the original. Sure, you got the standard Rebellious Teenagers Partying At A Haunted Abandoned Funeral Home story, who run into bad supernatural things; this time, it’s in the form of Angela, who has stayed on from the first film as one of the supernatural things haunting the Hull House. And part of the teens partying there happens to be Angela’s little sister, Mouse. Also, the supernatural shenanigans spill over out of the general vicinity of the funeral home onto the Catholic high school the kids originate from, a Catholic high school that features a no-nonsense wise-cracking Nun that takes on the evil in her own kick-butt way. And instead of “Stigmata Martyr” by Bauhaus, Angela does her seduction dance to “Rapture” by Morbid Angel. Gotta say, it was a good choice.

Overall, there was a lot of “been there, done that” with this sequel, but darned if it wasn’t another fun ride. Maybe not as fun as the first one, but definitely one to watch back-to-back with the first one some night. Worth checking out, especially for the opening scene with Angela and the Jehovah Witnesses. Mmmm, cake.