Category Archives: Horror: Demons and Devils

Flicks about dealings with Demons, Devils, and why you want nothing to do with them.

La chiesa

Also Called:
The Church
Date:
1989
Stars:
Hugh Quarshie

Tomas Arana

Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
Writers:
Dario Argento

Franco Ferrini

Michele Soavi

and others
Director:
Michele Soavi
WRC Score:
3/4

La chiesa (also known as The Church) is another in a long line of stories dealing with Medieval Knights only half solving a problem, forcing modern day folks to deal with the supernatural fall out centuries down the road.  You know.  Typical real life stuff.

Or, if you want a better little synopsis, a greedy librarian uncovers a secret in an old cathedral that he really shouldn’t have.

Anyway, La chiesa started out life as the second sequel to the Horror Cl– film.  Horror film Demoni.  However Director Michele Soavi wanted to do something different.  Something that wasn’t “pizza schlock”, a term which, despite my liking the two films, is entirely too apt.

What he got instead is what I feel to be one of the better Italian Horror flicks.  Like most in the subgenre,  the flick has more style to it than substance.  What narrative structure it has goes to pieces around the half way mark, but by then, I think the mood and imagery carries the viewer through the rest of the way.  Plus, if I can be allowed one small spoiler, the story short of covers this, too, so it might have been intentional.

La chiesa is not without flaws.   The (dubbed) acting isn’t the best and the special effects aren’t quite golden.  Still, I believe it hits its marks more often than not and is a damn good movie (1.5 points).  I really kind of liked it (1.5 points).

You’re mileage may vary.  especially if you have no use for Italian Horror.

Score: 3 points out of a possible 4

 

Dèmoni 2… l’incubo ritorna

Date:
1986
Stars:
David Edwin Knight Nancy Brilli

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni

Writers:
Dario Argento Lamberto Bava Franco Ferrini Dardano Sacchetti
Director:
Lamberto Bava
WRC Score:
3/4
Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
April 19, 2014

In Dèmoni 2… l’incubo ritorna, tenants at an apartment building find themselves trapped in a hellish situation as a late night horror movie turns one of its viewers into an actual Demon. One that can change others into Demons with a scratch, or a drop of her blood.

This sequel to the originally Dèmoni can easily be described as Dèmoni in an apartment building instead of a theater. It has the same large cast, the same lapses in logic (though in different ways), and the same sense that it really should have been better than it is. It is also just another Zombie flick with Demons instead of Zombies. It might be a little better than some, but only enough to push it into the mediocre category.

If you feel kindly towards it.

Which I do.

In fact, I love this flick, howlers and all (2 points). There’s no rational reason why I do. It’s just that Dèmoni 2… l’incubo ritorna hits all the right buttons for me in all the right ways. In fact, I seem to think it might be a wee bit better than the original.

Again, Dèmoni 2… l’incubo ritorna isn’t a good movie. However, if you like reasonably Bad Movies you could do a lot worse.

Overall Score: 3 total point out of a possible 4

The Nightmare Never Ends

Opening Thoughts

Also Called:

Cataclysm

Satan’s Supper

Date:
1980
Stars:
Cameron Mitchell
Marc Lawrence
Faith Clift
Writer:
Phillip Yordan
Directors:
Phillip Marshak

Tom McGowan

Gregg C. Tallas
WRC Score:
1.5/4
Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on July 29, 2009

This was my fifth official review, if I recall correctly. At the time I was struggling with how to format things (which of course never happens here any more ha ha ha thank God I hid the archives) and finding my “Voice” as it were.

Looking back that’s a lot of crap to have to sit through. Cathy’s Curse. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave. The Oasis of Zombies. With only Horror Express to get me through. A review which I botched, I should add.

It’s a wonder I’m still doing this.

Or that I’m sane at all.

Anyway.

My first encounter with The Nightmare Never Ends was long before I knew what the Internet was, back where there were these things called “Video Rental Stores”. Nowadays you can just jump onto YouTube or some such and watch “fine” “quality” “movies” like this one. Then you had to rent what was called tapes, and to decide what tapes to rent, you had to read the back of their boxes. Crazy, right?

This particular box gave a synopsis that covered the entire plot. Down to the ending.

Needless to say, I didn’t rent the movie. I mean, telling the whole story on the back? That reeked of desperation, is what that did.

Then, maybe twenty years later, I purchased a movie collection that just happened to have this film in it.

Still not sure how I feel about that.

On the next page we begin our look at The Nightmare Never Ends. Trust me. This will be far more entertaining than the actual film. At the very least, it’ll beat the hell out of reading the back of a box.

Jaws of Satan

Also Called:

King Cobra

Date:
1981
Stars:
Fritz Weaver
Gretchen Corbett
Jon Korkes
Writer:
Gerry Holland
Director:
Bob Claver
WRC Score:
2/4
Note: 
First posted in a different form on September 10, 2012

Opening Thoughts

Here’s the skinny.

I pick movies to cover at this site by whim and whim alone.  Sometimes because I’ve never seen it before, sometimes because I’ve loved it for years.  Sometimes because I heard the flick was good, sometimes because I heard it was God awful.  I’ve even done reviews because of bad promises I made in the past.

With Jaws of Satan I picked it out because I didn’t have any J titles in my index.

This?  This is a dumb idea.  I knew it was a dumb idea when I did it.  I’d picked out a B title not long before it and wasn’t so much burned by the act as chard to a cinder.  We’ll talk about it another time.

In the case of Jaws of Satan, I’d already seen it in my far distant youth.  Seemed to like it, actually, though I couldn’t recall a detail.  Which, as we will see in the pages ahead, is a telling detail to say the least.

Shall we continue to the next page?

The Nightmare Never Ends

Also Called:

Cataclysm

Satan’s Supper

Date:
1980
Stars:
Cameron Mitchell
Marc Lawrence
Faith Clift
Writer:
Phillip Yordan
Directors:
Phillip Marshak

Tom McGowan

Gregg C. Tallas
WRC Score:
1.5/4
Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on July 29, 2009

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The Nightmare Never Ends (also known as Cataclysm and Satan’s Supper) tells the story of a woman who dreams of devils, a cop on the trail of an immortal Nazi, and an author who has the worst kind of fan.  All three are trapped in the same endless nightmare: that of being characters in a really bad movie.

So how is it bad?  How about a incoherent plot?  Bad acting?  Three directors without a script between them?  And the special effects!  Yeah. (.5 points)

This doesn’t  mean The Nightmare Never Ends has no charms, at least for the Bad Movie loving set.  For me, some poor story choices towards the end turned things sour for me.

On first reviewing this film almost seven years ago (my God how time flies) I disliked it, even going so far as stamping it with a NOT RECOMMENDED.  Since then I look back on it with a certain… not fondness but no real dislike, either.  Other films really stick with me far more than this one.  Thus I’m changing it to a more of a meh (1 point).

Of course, I could always finish rewatching the film.  Come at it from a new perspective.  But that would mean actually rewatching rest of the film and I really.

Don’t.

Wanna.

Take that into consideration, too, when thinking about watching this film.

Total: 1.5 points out of a total of 4.

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Jaws of Satan

Also Called:

King Cobra

Date:
1981
Stars:
Fritz Weaver
Gretchen Corbett
Jon Korkes
Writer:
Gerry Holland
Director:
Bob Claver
WRC Score:
2/4
Note: 
First posted in a different form on September 10, 2012

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It came to past that Satan, the very devil himself, decided to claim the soul of a troubled small town priest.  And so, in order to do so, he took the form of a cobra and rode into town in the baggage car of a train.  Verily it ’twas so and not completely silly at all.

Jaws of Satan 1:1-3

Such effort for something only I’ll find funny.

Anyway.

Where it not for a prominent nude picture in an early scene, Jaws of Satan could have been any one of dozens of made-for-TV movies. Which is damning a hell of a lot of quality TV, but that’s what this movie feels like. A TV show or movie.

It’s not scary, it’s not challenging, and on top of it all it isn’t very original, either.  Its depiction of Satan is questionable at best, as is some of the F/X.  The kindest you can be about the script is that it could have been worse.  Something I say about a lot of films, but still.

That said, nothing about Jaws of Satan reeks of awful. The actors do their job competently and as I try to speak truthfully about these sort of things, I enjoyed watching it despite it’s flaws.  That alone means it did it’s job.  Just not well.

So what’s the score, right?  Well, we’re going with mediocre. (1 point). The first time I reviewed this flick I called it forgettable, but sitting here rewriting it I seem to bring back quite a bit of it.  The trouble is, I just don’t care (1 point).

Let’s make Jaws of Satan as a time killer. No more, no less, and no worse for being so.  Just disappointing, after a fashion.

Overall Score: 2 total point out of a possible 4

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