The Best Old (and New!) Movies On a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, March 4-10

03/04/2015 8:21 AM |

demons

Demons (1985)
Directed by Lamberto Bava
Begat by genuine Italian horror royalty (executive-produced by Dario Argento and directed by Mario Bava’s son Lamberto), Demons might play like a wink-wink meta experiment if it wasn’t so masterfully crafted and so fucking fun to watch. At the grand opening of the Metropol theater, the audience finds themselves trapped after the demonic possessions they’ve been watching on screen manifest in the flesh. Plot and character are stripped threadbare as Bava delivers one visceral thrill after another—blisters ooze, throats slash, and eyeballs gouge left and right. Bava’s insight into horror movie cliché is on point (after the patrons discover they’ve been walled in, one of them screams, “Let’s look for the emergency exit!”), but his number one goal remains dispensing slime and sleaze at breakneck speed. Cinematographer Gianlorenzo Battaglia bathes his classical frames in equal amounts of blood and neon light. Goblin’s own Claudio Simonetti provides the eerie, pulsing score, paired with a head-banging 80s metal soundtrack. It’s a perfect example of exceeding through excess. Zach Clark (Mar 6, 7, midnight at the Nitehawk)