Demons at the Door  - Dann
Director: Roy Knyrim
Starring: Richard Benedetto Leslie Brockett Sean LaDae
Sooner or later, I'm going to end up watching all the movies that Joe Castro has been involved with. And not on purpose mind you, I just dig a DVD from the collection and voila, rubber demons bleeding yellow paint all over the place.
Not that I complain mind you. A movie this silly can't help but be enjoyable to some degree. You won't find any self-discovery or journies or friendship here. Well maybe a little, but mostly we witness severed limbs and torn gullets.
The movie begins in the middle east somewhere with a terrorist doing what he does best, terrorizing. A few scientists have found the Eye of Satan relic, and along side a few marines are there to do some killing. After the terrorist is taken care of, his C4 pack blows and opens a gateway to hell. The angel Uriel comes out and holds back the hell serpents for a while, but after giving a speech about the origins of Lucifer, disappears leaving everyone to their own devices.
Then suddenly the main monitor comes to life despite being broken, and they see a group of demons go-go dancing outside followed by the head demon teleconferencing. He states that he wants that relic and will wage war to get it. The crew decides to fight by kidnapping a demon and torturing it. This doesn't really work, but still provides a great quantity of demon gore.
Sooner or later, one of the marines gets bit, and his arm starts to become possessed. As valiantly as he tries to prevail, he ultimately has to sacrifice himself to provide a momentary advantage for the group. This gives the other marine a chance to travel deep into the bowels of hell to confront Satan and close the hellgate forever.
The acting in this movie is atrocious. Every line is delivered as if the script is just off camera. The lead scientist is probably the worst. It's almost as if he doesn't really believe he's in a movie and just speaks the lines. The lead marine does an equally terrible job, shouting out threats and talking trash like you'd describe a shopping list. The demons aren't a whole lot better, but are certainly more interesting.
The effects however silly, do hold up, and are fairly well made. You get the occasional sprite based explosion, but for the most part, there's rubber costumes and a lot of neon demon blood, and we all know how cool neon is. You can't take is seriously, and the sheer rediculousness of the premise allows me to not hate it too much.
If you are in the mood for some wonderful trash cinima, it's hard to beat this title. It's a notch above a no-budget mini-DV movie, but not a whole lot. It's evident that a lot went into the props and costumes, and for that, I applaud. Plus you know you don't have anything better to do, so just give in.
Shot on Video