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John’s Horror Corner: Demon Wind (1990), a raunchy, cheesy, gory B-movie about lots of ugly mushy-faced monsters.

June 3, 2018

MY CALL: Pretty random, pretty fun. In many respects this is the typical aimless 80s B-movie, but it’s one of the more enjoyable ones and it smacks of Night of the Demons (1988). MORE MOVIES LIKE Demon WindI’d say Demons (1985), Night of the Demons (1988), Night of the Demons 2 (1994) and Slime City (1988) off the top of my head—even if only due to the obvious influences.

IMDB synopsis: “With the need to investigate the mysterious death of his grandparents, Cory and his friends assemble back to the old farm where it all began, sixty years earlier.”

Everyone they meet on their way to Cory’s farm is terrified of the place and stammers lies about it. You’d think these twenty-somethings might know better. But nope. They’re going anyway! It’s really hokey, but the cast is trying really hard and I can appreciate that. Once they arrive, the surrounding bewitched mists entrap them at the burnt down cabin.

The opening scenes feature strong imagery of gore and immolation. The budget is clearly low, but the special effects team is not holding back.

We have yogurt vomiting, pulsating flesh, toothy-mawed homages to Demons (1985) or even Night of the Demons (1988) at every turn, poltergeist-y telekinesis, some evil children turn someone into an exploding doll, there’s a Necronomicon-like diary and a backstory about raising the Devil, a cheap beguiling boob ghost temptress that turns into a melty-skinned Freddy Krueger mess of a monster, a redneck zombie murder family, loads of mustard goo bloody gore (much like Phantsasm or Slime City), a spin kick decapitation, and even a tongue strangulation scene! I should add that the demons (and their monstrous make-up) get loads of screen time. Bravo!

The random factor is pretty high here. I should also point out that the monster effects (i.e., murder zombie demonoids) get loads of screen time as a tour de force of pus-filled cyst-faced monsters.

Written and directed by Charles Philip Moore (Dance with Death, Black Belt, Angel of Destruction), his very first film and only horror film is an ambitious B-movie worthy of bad 80s cult status. It starts somewhat slowly, but with surprisingly likable characters (written with some actual “B-movie” effort), and culminates in a ridiculous ending complete with the classic Elm Street dream-turned-bad.

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