Growing up in the VHS era meant I got to see a lot of B horror movies at slumber parties. One of our staple flicks at any sleepover was Kevin Tenney's 1988 flick Night of the Demons (also, this film and The Hunger is how I discovered the beauty of Bauhaus!). Because I saw it with friends at an impressionable age, I've always had a special place in my heart for the film -- despite the fact that it has some flaws and that I prefer Brian Trenchard-Smith's sequel.
When Angela (Amelia Kinkade) decides to have a Halloween party at an abandoned funeral home, ten of the patrons accidentally awaken something evil when they hold an impromptu séance. Next thing you know, teenagers are being possessed and killing each other left and right as they try to escape from the haunted building.
While not particularly original, Tenney's film is definitely entertaining if you're into the whole "teens wander into an isolated locale and die horrible deaths" subgenre of horror. Since I am, I do like this movie. The characters aren't particularly likeable, but that just makes the death scenes that much more satisfying. Plus, who can forget the film's most infamous sequence, which shows scream queen Linnea Quigley inserting a lipstick through her nipple after she becomes possessed?
Truthfully, Night of the Demons is a product of its time -- in 1988, slasher films were still popular and lots of low budget quickie horror films were going straight to VHS. Many were forgettable, but a few, like this film, were fun in spite of their humble origins. Adam Gierasch's remake of Night of the Demons debuts on DVD on October 19th. Head on over to Slashcontrol and check out the original so you're up to speed when Angela makes her grand return this Halloween.