Movie Review: Attack of the Demons (2019)

November 22, 2020

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

In a serene mountain town down Colorado way in the early nineteen nineties, a Halloween-set music festival is interrupted by a demonic paranormal event… namely some devious devil makin’ the scene and turning revelers into full on monster mother fuckers via his spraying crimson issue!

Meanwhile, re-united high school chums Natalie (Katie Maguire), Jeff (Andreas Peterson) and Kevin (Thomas Peterson), find their lil’ catch up sesh seriously interrupted by the aforementioned supernatural shenanigans.

To that end, those cats decide to high-tail it to Jeff’s uncle’s pad; an abode fortified by some serious survivalist accoutrement… but alas that gear ultimately does jack fuck-all to slow the pace of that insidious invasion!

As fate would have it, a demonologist named Stuart (August Sargenti) enters the picture and fills our heroes in on how to end this beastly bullshit… but can they actually pull it off before the whole wicked world falls victim to these arcane assholes?!!

Possessing (pun intended) a style and vibe reminiscent of early South Park, Attack of the Demons  is full on construction paper-heavy animation goodness (though of a much less crude quality than that aforementioned series nascent days), and that is a wise choice to convey this over-the-top blast of ghoulish goings-on!

Why is that I hear you lot ask with batty baited breath… well, it’s because this terror tale is so damn crazy that animation was probably the only way director Eric Power and screenwriter Andreas Petersen could get this on the sinful silver screen without breaking the mother fuckin’ bank to putrid pieces!

Adding to the strengths of this nice slice of horror biz are enjoyable characters you actually give a fuck about, and some rather top-shelf monstrous adversaries for our heroes to battle against, and most importantly; a relative shit-ton of heart… yup, these folks wear their hearts on their sinister sleeves and they are damn proud of it, and it makes the finished piece that much more special!

Full of grindhouse charm, a splash of nostalgia, and it’s tongue planted firmly in cheek; Attack of the Demons is a brilliant amalgam of what made ’80s-era demon flicks so much goddamned fun; and if you dig on Evil Dead, Lamberto Bava’s Demons, or Night of the Demons you will truly get off on this one cats n’ creeps!



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