Monday, October 15, 2018

Movie Review: "Demon Wind" (1990)

Director: Charles Philip Moore
Year: 1990
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

A man named Cory and a group of his friends get together at Cory's old family cottage so he can investigate the mysterious death of his grandparents. Once there, they discover that the place has supernatural powers and may be a gateway to another world.

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"Take your friends and go home now." (Image Source)
We all like to help our friends out when we can, but investigating a 60-year-old murder house populated by demons might be where we draw the line. "Demon Wind" is written and directed by Charles Philip Moore, who has written and directed other films like "Blackbelt" and "Angel of Destruction." This story centers on a man named Cory (Eric Larson), who has recently had the uncontrollable urge to investigate the death of his grandparents, hoping it will shed some light on his father's recent suicide. Cory, his girlfriend Elaine (Francine Lapensée), and a group of their friends meet at the abandoned farmhouse owned by Cory's family to investigate the six-decades-old deaths. What they didn't know is that the farm is a dimensional gateway occupied by demons looking for fresh souls to collect.
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"Something in there just tried to kill us." (Image Source)
Is it possible for a plot to be both simple and incoherent at the same time? That's what it felt like when we watched "Demon Wind." It's a movie where every plot device possible imaginable is used to force a group of friends to meet up at a specific location to have them get attacked by demons. Word of caution, if you ever find yourself in an old, creepy house and there are words on a wall written in Latin, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, DON'T READ THEM OUT LOUD. Doing so will *always* unleash something terrible. In this case, creepy fog, demons, 19th-century ghost children, and other unearthly things are uncovered and come out swinging on the attack. There is a moment here when a woman gets turned into a doll and explodes into a ball of flames, and her boyfriend looks like he would be more distraught if he had just dropped his ice cream cone. It's rather impressive how indifferent he is to the fact that his girlfriend just exploded in front of him. All the acting is within that same range of mild indifference, but we're not really watching something called "Demon Wind" for its subtlety. We will say as longtime MMA fans, we were pretty stoked to see MMA commentator Stephen "The Fight Professor" Quadros here dressed in a tux doing magic tricks one minute and spin-kicking the heads off of demons the next.
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"Remember, if the crystal breaks, it's the end of both of us." (Image Source)
"Demon Wind" isn't the best horror movie you'll ever watch, but it does have some fun, gory, murderous moments to pique your interest. Despite being a shlocky b-movie, it still holds some level of entertainment, however modest it may be.

My Rating: 6/10
BigJ's Rating: 6/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.7/10
RT Rating: ---%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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