Gore and sex again, just in time for Halloween!
1988’s Night of the Demons was self-contained. Against all odds, Joe Augustyn performs a tour de force, here; powerful enough to bring back all the elements that made the original a classic, and carries the action from the haunted house to a Catholic boarding school; the second next best context for sexually frustrated teenagers. This is pretext, of course, for brattiness and blood…
The only thing the original had that the sequel doesn’t is script purity. The arc was simple, and so were the characters. The writing is more layered in Part 2 and not as lively, but continuity is ensured by creative minds. As a sequel, it succeeds in further exposing the virulence of its creature with little redundancy: they are re-established as sexual demons that rely on fluids to possess.
Aside from centering on religion and the occult, the film meets every standard set by the original: deliberately bad but not terrible actors, imaginative practical effects, shock value, teen hormones and a lot of partying. Night of the Demons 2, like its predecessor, is more entertaining than intellectual, more humorous than dramatic, but manages to mix comedy and horror in 80’s retro fashion.