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Night of the Demons is a 1988 American supernatual horror film written and produced by Joe Augustyn and directed by Kevin S. Tenney. The film stars William Gallo, Hal Havins, Amelia Kinkade, Cathy Podewell and Linnea Quigley.


Teenage outcast Angela Franklin and her friend Suzanne are throwing a party at Hull House, a mortuary abandoned from its gruesome past and rumored to be be cursed by evil spirits. On the way there, Stooge, Helen and Roger drive pass an elderly man who is carrying apples and razor blades. When Stooge taunts him by showing his buttocks out of the passenger window, the elderly man curses at them and says that "they'll get what they deserve."

Judy Cassidy and her boyfriend Jay Jansen pick up their friends, Max and Frannie, for the party. When they arrive, Judy's ex-boyfriend Sal Romero crashes the party. They start the party by dancing, but the radio dies out. Angela then holds a séance as a party game, but Helen screams when she sees a demon in the mirror falls to the ground in pieces. The group suddenly hears thuds below them, and the demons frees itself from the crematorium to possess a distracted Suzanne. The group searches around the house, and the possessed Suzanne kisses Angela for the demon to manifest her too.

When Judy discovers that Jay only invited her to have sex, he abandons her in a room only for her to be apparently locked in. Roger and Helen find no exit outside, but as she disappears and the demons call out his name he locks himself in the car. wanders with Suzanne to find a bathroom and he gets locked outside, where her transforms and she smashes a mirror before disappearing. A confused Stooge finds Angela seductively dancing in front of the fireplace and begins to dance with her, but when they kiss she possesses him as she bites off his tongue. Meawhile, Jay wanders off to find Suzanne in a barthroom with her breasts out and distorted lipstick all over her face and nipple. While they have sex, she reveals her demonic appearance to him and gouges his eyes. The possessed Stooge find Max and Frannie having sex in a coffin, and murders them both.

As Sal becomes horrified when he sees Angela putting her hands in the fire, Roger is awoken from Helen's body crashing on the car. The two manage to free Judy, but are split up when the demonic Angela chases after them. Hiding from Angela, Sal and Judy discover Suzanne with Jay's body before Sal is thrown out of a window. Judy escapes and she evades the demons throught the house. When she attempts to climb down and Angela tries to kill her, Sal appears to fight her off and they both fall off the roof, with Sal impaled on a spike. Judy and Roger are chased by the demons, and they lock themselves in the crematorium. Just as Angela and Stooge break down the door, she uses a pipe funneling gas and ignites it to torch them.

They escape upstairs and are cornered by the demons, including a burnt Angela and Stooge, and the undead bodies of Suzanne, Jay, Max, Frannie and Sal. Roger smashes through a window that leads them outside and they begin to climb up a wall by grabbing on the barbed wire around it, but the demons try to drag down Judy by her ankles. Roger pulls her up and they escape over the wall, as the sun rises to banish the demons back to hell. A distrurbed Roger and Judy walk home and they pass by the elderly man, who watches them with disgust. He then enters his home to eat one of his wife's homemade pies, who used the apples that he placed the razor blades in. The blades slice through his throat and his wife approaches his dead body to kiss his head, saying "Happy Halloween, dear."

List of Deaths []

List of deaths in the film, Night of the Demons.

Name Cause of Death Killer On Screen Notes
Suzanne Possessed Demons Yes Burned due to exposure of sun
Stooge Tongue ripped out Angela Franklin Yes Burned due to exposure of sun
Helen Killed offscreen, thrown onto car Angela Franklin Yes Burned due to exposure of sun
Jay Jansen Eyes gouged out fingernails Possessed Suzanne Yes Burned due to exposure of sun
Frannie Neck Snapped Possessed Stooge Yes Burned due to exposure of sun
Max Bashed with coffin lid Possessed Stooge Yes Burned due to exposure of sun
Sal Romero Impaled on pole Angela Franklin Yes Burned due to exposure of sun
Angela Franklin Burned


Roger and Judy Cassidy Yes Burned due to exposure of sun
Old Man Throat ripped open with Razor Blades Razor Blades Yes Accident



  • Bauhaus – "Stigmata Martyr"
  • Dennis Michael Tenney – "Main Title Theme"
  • Dennis Michael Tenney, Steve Ring, and Tim Wojan – "Computer Date"
  • Dennis Michael Tenney, Steve Ring, Rich Lowe, Paul Ojeda, and Bobby Thompson – "The Beast Inside"
  • Dennis Michael Tenney, Steve Ring, Rich Lowe, Paul Ojeda, and Bobby Thompson – "Victims of the Press"


Filming began in Los Angeles, California on April 8, 1987, under the working title Halloween Party. It ended on May 31, 1987.


The film was picked up for theatrical release by Paragon Arts International. Rather than a nationwide release, it was released regionally; the film debuted in the Detroit market on September 9, 1988 and went throughout the country until June 1989, grossing a total of $3,109,904.

Critical response[]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Night of the Demons holds a 40% approval rating, based on 10 critic reviews, with an average rating of 5/10. The Washington Post criticized the film as "a convergence of stereotypes ... and cliche's". The New York Times reported that "the cleverest thing about Night of the Demons is its advertising campaign" and that it "is stupid; it is sexist; at 89 minutes it feels unforgivably long".

Cinematical wrote that "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". HorrorNews.net called Night of the Demons one of the 80’s great legacies in horror". DVD Talk praised the film's 2004 DVD release, but stated that the director and producer commentary was "seemingly stodgy". Dread Central stated, "It's fun. Lively. A masterpiece, it's not." Bloody Disgusting praised the film's DVD release, calling it "the perfect DVD for all fans of this lost era: 'The Eighties Horror Film'." W. Scott Poole of PopMatters called it "truly original" and wrote that the film blends elements of slasher films and zombie films.

Home media[]

Republic Pictures purchased the VHS home video rights for the film in May 1989. Anchor Bay Entertainment released it to DVD in 2004; Scream Factory (under license from current rights-holder MGM) released a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack collector's edition on February 4, 2014.

External links[]

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