“A group of people are trapped in a large movie theater in West Berlin that is infected by ravenous demons who proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers.”
Lamberto Bava is no stranger to horror (or great films in general), but this film is (in my opinion) one of his greatest achievements!
Amazingly enough, Dario Argento(!) was also involved in the writing of this project, and it shows!
I certainly don’t need to go into much detail regarding the story-line for this, a group of people are all trapped in an extremely big movie theater in Berlin during the 80’s which is infected by extremely nasty demons who begin killing and possessing the people one by one, which of course, multiplies their numbers (I realize that I have just re-written my brief synopsis above and then entered a few extra words into it, but fuck it!).
The always amazing Claudio Simonetti composed the score for this film, but it’s the songs in this beast which truly make this film’s atmosphere nostalgic and memorable!
Songs by bands such as Rick Springfield, Motley Crue, Pretty Maids, Go West, Billy Idol, Accept and Saxon! Pure 80’s goodness, all wrapped up tightly in a very good (and very gory) demon flick. What more could anyone possibly ask for?
After reviewing the terrible dog-shit mess that is It Follows, I felt it only necessary to point you in the direction of a horror film from a different era, that many a film director has tried (and failed miserably) to capture the charm and emotion of.
I mean, director Lamberto Bava even says that this is his favorite film out of all that he has been involved with! You cannot go wrong with that.
The pure cheesiness and overall atmosphere of this film will leave you feeling satisfied, especially if (like me) you grew up with this. I saw this in the cinema back in the day, 9 years old, and love it still just as much today as back then!
Do yourself a favor and experience a true masterful piece of mid 80’s horror gore (and some laughs too).
9.6 out of 10 – A Classic, if ever there was one!