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Judging from Saturday's Twitter exchange (thanks for using the #hsmovieclub hash tag!), I think it's safe to say that many of you felt that Night of the Demons 2 wasn't a perfect film, but it was a hell of a lot of fun. Most of you kept comparisons to the original at a minimum, and no one has changed my mind -- for me, Brian Trenchard-Smith's version of the Halloween party at Hull House is where it's at. Like Peter, I don't particularly have any discussion questions for the group, but I'll highlight some of the things I enjoy about the film, which if you didn't get a chance to watch over the weekend, just watch it when you can and come back here to leave a comment. The rest of you, speak up after the jump.

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Brian Trenchard-Smith

Most film nerds are familiar with the Aussie director's other titles like The Man from Hong Kong or BMX Bandits, but yes -- BTS did indeed direct Night of the Demons 2, which I would watch over his Leprechaun films any day. No disrespect to the Irish guy though, he's a late night favorite and the idea of a killer leprechaun is just so ridiculous I can't help but enjoy them. Trenchard-Smith (one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite directors) uses some of the plot devices from the first film but amps up the pace considerably, resulting in a spirited and over the top latter half. This man knows how to end a film, partly due to his experience as a seasoned television director, and the double fight with our villainess Angela (first in demoness form, second as a crazy snake lady) is total satisfaction. He keeps the gore and humor flowing, remedying one of my biggest complaints about the original film.

Gore & Gags

You know it's going to be a good time when two people get slaughtered in the first five (if it even took that long) minutes of the film. Lots of naked breasts, awkward homosexual tension/jokes (Perry's character is a great example of this alone), sexually aggressive female creatures & characters, a dose of blasphemy and gratuitous lesbian make out sessions all let you know that this is a movie not worried about being on its best behavior. This contributes to movie's 80's throwback appeal, along with the charming practical effects (let's just ignore that CGI at the end) where things like the "headless" basketball player who looks 10 feet tall and hiding under his shirt makes you smile because of how simple but effective they are. Bodies melting and exploding remind you of other low-budget, 80's favorites like Fright Night. Also, any movie that uses lipstick and turns it into pseudo tentacle porn that resembles animal genitalia has some cajones. Other favorite moments include the killer breasts, a demonic talking head in a toilet, the obscene black tongue that Angela and her victims seem to sprout and wag around lewdly and a disembodied hand giving a half-hearted hand job and a middle finger to one of the male leads. But my favorite gags of all are based around Jennifer Rhodes' character, Sister Gloria, which brings me to my next point...

Sister Gory Kicks Ass

Some of you already know about my nunsploitation fixation, which explains why Sister Gloria (better known as Sister Gory to her students) is one of my favorite characters in Night of the Demons 2. In one of her first scenes, we find her fencing with a yard stick -- and it only gets better from there. She also has the best lines in the film: "A kiss is a sin when it's an upper persuasion for a lower invasion," is just one of the gems to come out of her mouth. Yes, she can be a total bitch to her students (inverting a challenge to Shirley to define fellatio in class), but her snarky attitude is to be admired. Sister Gory gets the job done; when all hell breaks loose, she doesn't back down and arms herself with a slew of hilarious weapons including nunchucks and squirt guns & balloons filled with holy water. Even though she's a lean, mean, demon-fighting machine, Sister Gory roots for the underdog. She's one of the only people to listen to Perry's satanic ramblings and she's always looking out for Melissa aka Mouse (Merle Kennedy). In a group of fun characters (virgin, whore, best friend, delinquent, geek and jock tropes), Rhodes stands out as the one who's most fun to watch. You can also watch Rhodes in the Cinematical Movie Club's pick, Heathers. Go check it out!

I could ramble on and on about my love for this film -- which I think is one of the best horror flicks of the 90's, but I'll spare all of you and instead ask that you comment below. Do you agree? Disagree? Is there something I forgot to mention that you have a burning need to discuss?
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