Demons in the shadow of cops and captors!
Night of the Demons was representative of its decade, and this new sequel struggles to find its spot in evolution. Instead of taking the plot to a new location suitable for a Halloween night of partying, an interesting twist catches us off guard early on and creates a quadruple threat: death, possession, a detective and a bully. Most of the story unravels in Hull House again.
The demons are only one of the many categories of antagonists in this sequel. It’s a little much for a franchise based off simple storytelling. The last thing we needed was a subgenre mashup. Night of the Demons 1 & 2 had memorable exposition and were known for incessant tongue in cheek humor. Here, though, the mood is not innocent and neither are the protagonists we should relate to.
Part 3 is faithful to the original when it comes to presenting awkward performances, cheese, gore and boobs. Latex has been replaced by CG and it looks fake. Make-up isn't great. A lot of the original essence is lost. It’s not very scary, not very funny, and, mostly, the directing isn't keen. The camera is all over the place and tilted in crazy angles that can’t compensate for bad set design.