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Demonia, the 1990 Italian horror movie directed by Lucio Fulci, will probably be launched on a Restricted Version 2-disc Blu-ray set by Arrow Video within the UK on June 6, 2022. Particular options:

Disc 1: Demonia
4K restoration from the unique 35mm digital camera destructive
Restored authentic lossless mono English and Italian soundtracks
Non-compulsory English subtitles for the deaf and laborious of listening to for the English soundtrack
English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Audio commentary by Stephen Thrower, writer of Past Terror: The Movies of Lucio Fulci
Holy Demons, a video interview with uncredited co-writer/assistant director Antonio Tentori
Of Skulls and Bones, a video interview with digital camera operator Sandro Grossi
Fulci Lives!!!, camcorder footage of a go to to the Demonia set, together with an interview with Lucio Fulci
Authentic trailer

Disc 2: Fulci Talks
Fulci Talks, a feature-length 2021 documentary by filmmaker Antonietta De Lillo, based mostly on an in-depth, career-spanning video interview with Lucio Fulci from 1993, carried out by De Lillo and critic Marcello Garofalo
Authentic lossless mono Italian soundtrack
Non-compulsory English subtitles

Deluxe crucifix-style packaging that includes authentic and newly commissioned art work by Graham Humphreys
Illustrated collector’s booklet that includes new writing on the movie by Kat Ellinger

Right here is our earlier protection of the film:

Fan art work by Silver Ferox

‘No evil deed goes undone.’

Demonia is a 1990 Italian supernatural horror movie directed by Lucio Fulci (The Past; Home by the Cemetery; Metropolis of the Residing Lifeless; Zombie Flesh Eaters; et al) from a screenplay co-written with Piero Regnoli (Patrick Nonetheless LivesThe Playgirls and the Vampire) based mostly on a narrative by Fulci and [uncredited] Antonio Tentori.

The film stars Brett Halsey, Meg Register, Al Cliver and Lino Salemme.


A Canadian archaeological group in Sicily by accident unleashes vengeful ghosts of 5 demonic nuns who have been murdered 500 years earlier, and the ghosts got down to kill the group and townspeople alike…


Severin Movies launched Demonia on Blu-ray on August 25, 2020. Order from

In Sicily, 1486, 5 nuns are dragged right into a crypt and crucified by a proverbial offended mob who, having executed their job, stroll away leaving their victims to rot.

Shifting forwards in time to Canada in 1990 and a séance is being carried out (recalling an identical scene in Metropolis of the Residing Lifeless) which leaves one of many members, Liza (Meg Register), to have visions of the aforementioned nuns of their agony and causes her to go out. When she wakes, it’s revealed that she’s an archaeologist about to journey with Professor Evans (Brett Halsey) to work on some historical Greek ruins in Sicily.

Because the group set about their dig they’re warned by the city’s Mayor, a sailor-cum-archaeologist (Al Cliver) and the native butcher Turi (Lino Salemme) that they need to stop as a result of the superstitious locals are very protecting of their cultural historical past. Away from amphitheatre web site that they’re imagined to be excavating, Liza wanders into the crypt of the nunnery, finds still-dressed skeletons (these real-life stays are genuinely creepy) and discovers the our bodies of the crucified nuns. Having been disturbed by Liza’s presence, it isn’t lengthy earlier than they start murdering members of the archaeological group and a few outstanding locals.

Demonia was meant as a return to the glory days of Fulci’s heyday, following his work on quite a few lacklustre TV productions reminiscent of The Ghosts of Sodom (1988), The Candy Home of Horrors and The Home of Clocks (each 1989). Whereas Demonia is actually higher than these pics and extra fascinating than the moderately bland Voices from Past that adopted it, sadly, it fails to totally rise to its potential. It’s nonetheless a totally pleasurable watch although.

The movie actually begins promisingly, with the nailing of the nuns to crosses – invoking recollections of the notorious scene firstly of The Past. The breathtaking great thing about the Sicilian coast supplies a splendid backdrop to the occasions as they unfold and the truth that real-life places such the beautiful city of Caltabellotta, an deserted monastery perched atop an enormous hill and a deconsecrated church crypt have been out there for filming supplies loads of real atmospheric allure.

The plot is considerably threadbare however the principle protagonists are well-played by wide-eyed Meg Register (who appears to be like suitably Gothic wandering across the cobweb-covered crypt in dream sequences in a white nightgown), veteran Brett Halsey (who apparently had a hand in bettering among the dialogue), Carla Cassola because the doomed medium and the aforementioned Lino Salemme (who was Ripper in Demons and a police inspector in Lamberto Bava’s Delirium). The director’s followers additionally get to see him in prolonged cameo scenes as an Interpol detective investigating the murders.

Demonia (1990) Lucio Fulci and Brett Halsey ponder the murders
Lucio Fulci and Brett Halsey ponder the murders

Giovanni Christiani’s rating is serviceable at greatest, and curiously muted within the audio combine, by no means matching the delights of Fabio Frizzi’s basic efforts. One other draw back is that a lot of the movie is shot in a haze that Fulci appeared to really feel added a dreamlike high quality. He had used this method beforehand, most notably in Conquest (1983) however even his most ardent followers appear to really feel that it compromises moderately than provides to the standard of the pictures onscreen. It’s effective for desires, or nightmares, however not daylight pictures the place it simply appears incongruous. Worse, some technical gaffes imply that the skinny gauze by way of which many scenes have been shot, is clearly seen.

Some critics have complained that Demonia sags considerably within the center, highlighting scenes such because the drunken campfire singalong (Molly Malone!) and the prolonged interrogation of Brett Halsey’s character Paul on a ship as simply filler but this appears overly pernickety.

[Spoilers] Fulci’s trademark concentrate on gore is current, in fact. Al Cliver’s sailor character is shot with a harpoon by a briefly seen bare ghostly nun and his head later turns up skewered on the top of an anchor (a fairly convincing impact). Two drunken archaeologists fall right into a gap onto some protruding spikes and there’s a properly staged neck stabbing after a sweaty intercourse scene. The medium is attacked by her personal cats in a hilariously cheesy scene that utilises some clearly faux mewling moggies.

Within the movie’s gory spotlight, the native butcher is killed together with his personal meathooks earlier than his tongue is yanked out and nailed to a desk! There may be additionally a quartering of a father in a entice that’s set off by his personal son. The screaming sufferer is pulled aside by ropes inflicting his intestines to spill out. Sadly, some odd modifying and the evidently low price range signifies that this impact is rendered considerably much less efficient than it is perhaps (there’s a blatantly false prosthetic that might have been blended higher with actor Ettore Comi’s pores and skin). So, the gore’s there for people who anticipate it even when the unfortunately-named Elio Terribili’s efforts are lower than the usual of masters reminiscent of Giannetto De Rossi.

Demonia is most actually a must-see for Fulci followers and anybody with an curiosity in Italian horror. No-one would declare it’s excellent and it’s clearly lower than the usual of his profession highlights reminiscent of his early ’70s gialli and so-called Gates of Hell trilogy. Nevertheless, it’s infinitely preferable to the lamentable likes of The Ghosts of Sodom and The Home of Clocks and in contrast to these movies stands as much as repeated viewings.

Blu-ray overview:
Severin Movies have launched the movie by way of a brand new 4k scan of the destructive that was ‘coloration corrected and restored throughout quarantine’ on a 1080p high-definition switch framed at 1.66:1. Having solely beforehand seen Demonia in Italian and on VHS, it was a revelation to look at it in English (even when the dubbing was sometimes a bit of hokey) and in high-definition. The clearly sharper element is each a bonus and a distraction as now you can see all of the over-lit scenes and lamentable gauze over the digital camera. That mentioned, you quickly used to it. Shut-ups are pristine and scenes at nighttime crypt are a lot improved.

The brand new audio commentary by Stephen Thrower, writer of weighty tome Past Terror: The Movies of Lucio Fulci, is great. Clearly, Steve’s intimate data of the director’s whole oeuvre signifies that he can expound intimately about not solely this film however all the opposite movies that Demonia refers again to.

Steve supplies detailed insights into all the principle actors’ careers, with specific consideration to Brett Halsey’s different work with Fulci. Steve’s dry humour is current all through so when he discusses lead actress Meg Register he notes that she additionally performed a “slinky handcuffed wench” in a music video for heavy steel band Nice White’s music ‘Mr Bone’ earlier than quoting the amusingly sexist lyrics. He additionally reveals her present profession as a certified hypnotherapist and in addition a “love attraction” skilled based mostly in California, even quoting the amusing blurb from her web site.

Elsewhere, he informs us that in 1486 witchcraft was reclassified as heresy by the Catholic Church and that the Spanish Inquisition visited Sicily to establish extra confessions as apparently the native torturers weren’t reaching the specified Papal quota! There may be detailed details about the traditional Greek amphitheatre and the set up of plastic in 1964 to guard it which solely made it extra inclined to the ravages of rain and vegetation. Fortunately, lengthy pictures meant that the daftness of a plastic-covered smash is just not seen in Demonia itself. It’s detailed analysis reminiscent of this that provides actual worth to this commentary.

He clearly discusses Fulci’s use of “hazy, subtle mild” which started with Conquest, Homicide-Rock, Zombie 3 and Voices from the Past and the ‘scrim’ that prompted the aforementioned unlucky gauze imaginative and prescient on this manufacturing. He reveals that the campfire scenes have been improvised as a result of a realisation that the operating time would have been too brief

Elsewhere, Steve discusses the connections with Yugoslavian co-production Aenigma (1987), the Lucio Fulci Presents brand-name motion pictures reminiscent of Pink Monks and three unmade Fulci tasks from the identical interval. Lastly, he expresses satisfaction with the likes of the “slap-happy gore” cat scene which he likens to comparable low cost splatter within the later movies of Herschell Gordon Lewis.

‘Holy Demons’ (33m 17s) is a featurette through which uncredited co-writer and assistant director Antonio Tentori explains how he found Fulci’s movies and have become a fan earlier than ultimately assembly the director by way of a radio interview in 1986. They grew to become mates afterwards, met up commonly and commenced growing a Gothic horror movie that will ultimately turn out to be Demonia. He admits that the plot doesn’t have a lot depth besides that “these nuns are possessed as a result of they worship the Satan”. So as to add depth, the manufacturing group scrawled faux inscriptions reminiscent of Cthulhu and Nyarlathotep on the church partitions regardless of the plot having nothing to do with Lovecraft!

Direct references to Fulci’s earlier movies reminiscent of The Psychic (the pickaxe scene) and Meg Register’s character Liza speaking telepathically to Brett Halsey’s character (a imprecise hyperlink again to the youngsters in The Home by the Cemetery) have been apparently added throughout manufacturing and never within the authentic script. He discusses the places such because the city of Sciacca, the real rotting corpses that give the crypt scenes a lot environment, the “spectacular” stays of the amphitheatre and the hostility of among the native superstitious inhabitants.

As regards the lead actors, he has nothing however reward for Brett Halsey, “a pleasant man”, stunning blonde heroine Meg Register, buddy Lino Salemme (who performed Turi the butcher), character actress Carla Cassola and Fulci common Al Cliver, whom he describes as a “riot”.

Tentori admits that among the particular results scenes – notably cat assault – don’t come off in addition to they need to have however blames poor modifying moderately than budgetary causes. Curiously, he thinks the quartering comes throughout properly. He additionally reveals that producer Ettore Spagnuolo needed to go to the set as a result of the cash had run out and there have been monetary points through the modifying stage which meant that Fulci was not current.

‘Of Skulls and Bones’ (14m 59s) is an onscreen interview with digital camera operator Sandro Grossi through which he explains he was impressed to take up the occupation by John Alcott’s images for Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975). Grossi labored with Fulci on the low-budget Reteitalia TV productions The Candy Home of Horrors and The Home of Clocks. Describing Fulci as being like a “bulldozer” on-set and a “strolling movie bible”, he goes on to disclose they discovered 2 hundred open coffins within the deconsecrated church the place they filmed which clearly gave it a real-life “creepy” vibe. He says they usually shot utilizing a fog filter to present the movie an uncommon impact and opines that Fulci would have hated to look at his movies in HD which makes all the things appear like a “cleaning soap”. He additionally talks about Fulci’s love of zooms to “obtain a stronger dramatic really feel” and the way the director would maybe have preferred to do extra comedies however was caught within the horror style in his later profession. “Each single body speaks of Lucio”.

‘Fulci Lives!!!’ a four-minute VHS-era shaky-cam behind-the-scenes piece of footage filmed by laughing Massimo Lavagnini on the set of Demonia reveals the particular results group readying the demise scene the place the daddy is actually pulled aside. Fulci declares “I’m excellent and powerful!” and guarantees that he will probably be making extra movies for his followers.

Lastly, there may be the English theatrical trailer, offered in high-definition, which reveals the gory highlights.

The leap into Blu-ray high quality and the fact-filled extras on this Severin disc make it a must have for Fulci followers even when they aren’t that eager on the movie itself.

Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA

Different critiques:
” …it shares a fault with practically all of Fulci’s later horror movies. What was carnivalesque in his strategy was changing into merely tawdry. The obsessiveness, the sheer insolence within the violence in Fulci’s work had, by Demonia, been diminished to mechanical insertion.” Stephen Thrower, Past Terror: The Movies of Lucio Fulci

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“The film was scored by an inexperienced composer named Giovanni Cristiani, and the cinematographer, Luigi Ciccarese, was greatest recognized for pores and skin flicks and Bruno Mattei motion pictures. That is hardly a promising lineup […] However Demonia continues to be very watchable, regardless of its shortcomings…” Braineater

” …this story of “violence, sin and blood”, to cite the screenplay, is enhanced by a robust sense of place due to location capturing, and greater than that, Fulci’s expressive bizarro camera-work. Uniquely, Demonia additionally seems like a meditation on the generally destructive energy of human impulse and need let unfastened.” John Kenneth Muir, Horror Movies of the Nineteen Nineties

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“Whereas not as bat-shit loopy as a few of Fulci’s earlier efforts, Demonia continues to be fairly unbelievable. The traditional monastery and it’s demonic denizens give off an actual Lovecraft vibe at instances (and has a little bit of Blind Lifeless taste), as does the small coastal village the place the story is about. Consider this as a religious successor to the maestro’s Gates of Hell trilogy…” Horror Gas

” …Demonia is a pitiful try at clawing again some small fragment of Fulci’s earlier repute. Miserable and mediocre, even devoted followers can have a tough time discovering one thing to understand right here.” Jim Harper, Italian Horror 1979 – 1994

“The lackluster performances, flat cinematography, and watery digital music sap away many of the potential suspense, however on the constructive facet, Fulci does lower unfastened with a couple of anarchic gore scenes to goose viewers awake.” Mondo Digital

“The thriller and environment works higher than regular and the film can also be full of very gory and violent killings! […] The price range for results wasn’t actually excessive, it appears, and many of the results – the spectacular one’s just like the physique ripped partially and the poked-out eye – appears to be like very amateurish.” Ninja Dixon

” …when Fulci’s at his most fashionable, it’s simpler to forgive the dearth of coherence, the ludicrous dialogue, the disregard for fundamental storytelling conventions, however right here there’s little to distract us from these issues and the maddening gaffes leap out at you.” Plate O’Shrimp

“The general impression is of Fulci being compelled to fluff-off the large set items whereas having to pad the film out in different areas with boring dialogue scenes.” Troy Howarth, Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Movies, Midnight Marquee Press, 2015

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” … gore, the nun bits, a cool dream sequence, a humorous scene involving a blood-covered youth, an sometimes creepy environment — do little to make it bearable or price watching. Demonia stays an exasperating expertise as a result of it introduces a lot that may very well be used and developed into one thing good, after which under-bakes all the things.” A Wasted Life

Forged and characters:
Brett Halsey … Professor Paul Evans – Nightmare Live performance; Contact of Loss of life; Twice-Instructed Tales; Return of the Fly
Meg Register … Liza Harris
Lino Salemme … Turi DeSimone – Demons
Christina Engelhardt … Susie – Skinner
Pascal Druant … Kevin
Grady Clarkson … Sean (as Grady Thomas Clarkson)
Ettore Comi … John
Carla Cassola … Lilla the Medium
Michael Aronin … Lt. Andi (as Michael J. Aronin)
Al Cliver … Porter (as Al Intelligent) – The Black Cat; Satan Hunter; Zombie Flesh Eaters; et al
Isabella Corradini … Nun
Paola Cozzo … Pregnant Nun
Bruna Rossi … Nun
Paola Calati … Nun
Antonio Melillo
Ruth Anderson
Gianfranco Bonavita
Francesco Biasini
Clorinda Pucci
Kerstin Soderberg
Francesco Cusimano … Robbie
Lucio Fulci … Inspector Carter
Robert Spafford … Inspector Carter (voice)
Antonio Tentori … Man at Bar Sicilia

Filming places:

Caltabellotta and Sciacca, Sicily, Italy
Fiumicino, Rome, Lazio, Italy (boat scenes)

Technical credit:
85 minutes
Audio: Mono

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