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Night Of The Demon (1980)

September 11th, 2008 by unkle lancifer · 12 Comments

I wish someone could explain to me why the Bigfoot movie NIGHT OF THE DEMON is not the most celebrated horror movie in the world. I don’t get it. I realize that it was banned in the U.K. as a video nasty, and that it’s never really been distributed properly uncut in the U.S., but I’m kind of shocked that it’s not more notorious.

Should the blame be placed on the generic, misleading title or the fact that, on a technical level, the film is so relentlessly amateurish that it gives one the impression that it may have been assembled by Bigfoot himself? I still don’t get it. I mean the big guy actually rips off some poor dude’s weenie in this movie and I feel that alone should seal the film’s reputation for eternity.

In most movies about the (some say) mythical beast, he is shown as a GARBO-esque, chronically shy recluse. In NIGHT OF THE DEMON, Bigfoot rapes a lady on her front lawn as her religious zealot father watches from the porch. To me, that’s like the exact opposite of shy (or the recorded behavior of GARBO). Come to think of it, I can’t believe I used to feel sorry for ol’ tall dark and hairy, especially after the way he grabs a sad sack in his sleeping bag in this movie, spins him over his head in a circle a couple times and then throws him into a sharp branch, impaling him like a campfire marshmallow on a twig. Let’s not even mention the whole bashing two knife holding Girl Scouts together so that they stab each other routine. C’mon Sasquatch, that’s just sick…

It’s true that the script is borderline Neanderthal and that the acting is all around lame, but I have to confess that when a film looks this much like late seventies porn, I can let stuff like that slide. I’m not saying that there are not scenes here that will bore normal humans to near tears, but seriously IT HAS THE GREATEST ENDING EVER FILMED!!! If the special effects were just a little bit better, it would blow that whole raft scene from THE BURNING right out of the water. Just when you think you’ve seen it all and are ready to call it a day, ol’ Biggy crashes a cabin and literally beats the living daylights out of the entire cast. I’m not kidding; he throttles the stuffing out of them. He rips out one guy’s intestines and actually starts beating his friends with it. A lady gets a pitch fork shoved up her backside, another guy gets his face pushed into a burning stove, and it’s all done in hilarious slow motion while Bigfoot roars his furry head off. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s like an ITCHY & SCRATCHY cartoon come to life, and I can’t wait to watch it again.

As much as the professionalism of DEMON leaves something to be desired, I have to give credit where credit is due. Even beyond its obvious value as a gore flick, I respect the obvious effort to create something a bit different. The entire tale is basically a flashback story that not only has flashback stories within the flashback story, but also dreams within the flashbacks within the stories or something like that. If that weren’t enough, we’re also privy to “Bigfoot Vision,” that’s when you see the woods through a blood red circle. Even if you were to remove the delicious violence, I must thank the makers of this movie for introducing me to the character of “Crazy Wanda” who chomps on candy, looks like the lead singer of THE DIVINYLS and gives birth to the monster’s baby. She alone would have made this picture worthwhile. (I should point out that even though Bigfoot raped crazy Wanda, when he’s not killing people he brings her presents nearly everyday).

You may read bad reviews of this movie elsewhere, but pay them no mind; those people are lying to you. I don’t know why or to what end, but they are lying through their teeth! NIGHT OF THE DEMON is amazing…

…it will break its foot off in your A$$!!!

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Sep 11, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Best. Movie. Ever.

    Seriously.

    I love when the group stumbles across an almost gang rape type situation and they shoot their gun and as everyone flees, a fire is started. The one guys says “We’re not equipped to handle this,” and just leaves the forest fire burning! It’s awesome.

    I agree about the end. My god. So good. And yeah, I love Crazy Wanda and her dad. I love everything about this movie. I love that the guy can speak normally even though his lips have been burned off. But I most especially the girl scouts who are like 30. Maybe that’s what made bigfoot so dang mad!

    This review made my day. Thanks!

    I’m going to ditto the love back again because I just have that much of it for you guys!!!

  • 2 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 11, 2008 at 12:53 am

    “we’re not equipped to handle this” God bless you Amanda, for bringing that up.  This movie is overwhelming as far as how much good stuff is in it. I really didn’t even touch the surface.  I didn’t even mention when Bigfoot smashes that guy’s head through the window and then presses it down on the broken glass. That whole last scene is almost filmed like CREEPSHOW the way the lighting keeps changing. And what about the poor lumberjack? That top image on the post of the woman screaming , how do I even explain that it lasted for ten minutes and that poor woman just had to keep screaming as the camera got closer and closer? And the shot of the baby being born and held up to the sky is rather awesome, Wanda’s dad poisoning her? I have to stop… I’ll be here all night…This is the type of movie that would be perfect to see in a group setting, you could talk about it forever.

    Amanda, we have to start a crazy Wanda fan club.

  • 3 AbsintheNo Gravatar // Sep 11, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Dear Uncle,  You had me at “when a film looks this much like late seventies porn”  -=- I shall go forth and find this hidden gem and then torture my friends and family with it….

  • 4 TenebrousKateNo Gravatar // Sep 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    *gasp*  This movie is so inelegant that it’s positively postmodern…!  I’m awash in amazement and I must track down this film immediately.

  • 5 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Sep 11, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    i originally read about this movie in Rue Morgue, who just gave it a quick blurb, maybe only a paragraph. I’m not sure what stuck in my mind, but afterwards I HAD to find it. Luckily, I found a vhs copy at a convention and the guy selling it to me was all “Oh my god, you picked SUCH a good film.”

    He did not lie.

    Definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

    And yes Unk, A Crazy Wanda Fan Club we shall start! :)

  • 6 micksterNo Gravatar // Sep 11, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Unkle, This has been a really long day and I needed a good laugh. It’s been awhile since I laughed so hard. While the idea of watching Bigfoot rape some chick is unappealing, I must see this film. At least it sounds like he attempts to make up for the incident by delivering presents daily.

  • 7 mamamiasweetpeachesNo Gravatar // Sep 12, 2008 at 9:44 am

    RAPED by Bigfoot??? Well, you know what they say about guys with big feet!

    Big shoes!

    Hahaha!

    Out on DVD yet? Of COURSE not! Denied!

  • 8 aunt johnNo Gravatar // Sep 13, 2008 at 8:20 am

    @Mama: And big socks!

  • 9 bluerosekillerNo Gravatar // Dec 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Wow.
    I haven’t seen this one in years. Decades even.

    The last time I saw this was in the late ’8os when a good friend of mine got his hands on a typically muddy bootleg tape via Chas Balun’s mail order “empire” when the real deal proved to be too elusive to acquire.

    Back then, we had MANY a good time over-paying ( just a bit )  for some difficult  (  &  next to  impossible ) to find genre flicks through Balun’s catalog  &  several cheap cases of beer to enjoy them with. With NIGHT being one of our absolute favorites.

  • 10 Cam1020No Gravatar // Jan 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know Bigfoot was such a jerk.

  • 11 DavidNo Gravatar // Nov 29, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I think if I were in a cabin and a Bigfoot creature was systematically killing my friends, I wouldn’t stand around waiting my turn, like I’m in line to see Santa. “Oh, there goes Joe getting his neck sliced up, but I’d better hang out here in the corner until it’s my turn”.

    Good, good stuff!

  • 12 Roberta HellfortNo Gravatar // May 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    The ending in the cabin was the best. Ending. Ever!

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