Most horror movie characters come and go. Literally. Because most of them die. But one horror movie character stands the test of time. A character so phenomenal…..so monumental…..so great in his white suit as he fights demons and tells people to “Smash everything! Smash everything!” that he deserves all of this praise and more. Feast your eyes and ears on the man….the myth…..Tony The Pimp from 1985’s Demons!
First off, much praise to whoever put that compilation up on Youtube. Second, Tony The Pimp is played by actor Bobby Rhodes – so he obviously deserves most of the credit here. And thirdly, how can sideburns be so devastating? Tony The Pimp’s sideburns are no ordinary sideburns, that’s why. He’s pretty much the black Chuck Norris. Whether he’s kicking in a door because there’s no need for anything else or schooling a group of people on what an ‘Instrument Of Evil‘ is – Tony The Pimp lights up the screen and not just because he’s wearing that white suit.
The dubbing is a fantastic touch as well. So get up out of your seats…..wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care…..and if you got on clean underwear, make some noise and show your love for Tony The Pimp! And go watch Demons again because it’s an amazing movie.
If there was a Hall Of Fame for demon transformations, then Carmen from 1985’s Italian gore-galore classic Demons would have been inducted a looooong time ago.
So, on this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday it’s a must that I pay homage to Carmen’s transformation and I’m even going to throw in a spiffy throat ripping at the end as a bonus! When it comes to my love for Demons, there are many highlights (samurai sword demon killing on a motorcycle, anybody?) but I have to tip my cap to the glorious practical effects on display in this particular scene courtesy of the great Sergio Stivaletti. Watch and learn youngsters, and please enjoy that lovely demon tongue of Carmen’s as well……..
Easily one of my favorite horror movies of all time is Lamberto Bava’s 1985 Italian splatter classic, Demons. A ridiculous but hugely entertaining mess of a movie that turns into full-on demon carnage after a prostitute named Rosemary (Geretta Geretta) puts on a prop mask at a movie theater. And now thanks to the glorious Ebay gods, someone has replicated that very mask for you to own.
Not too shabby. Just don’t put the mask on if you buy it or else there’s a 50/50 chance that you’ll turn into a demon. And you’re teeth will get all messed up, and you don’t want that. But yes, up on Ebay right now, you can bid on one of these replica masks that comes with a mini framed poster (you get to choose from 3) and also a replica of the Metropol movie ticket from the movie as well. If you’re tempted to bid, it starts at $99.95 (plus $45 shipping) which honestly isn’t bad at all for this particular piece in my opinion. You can go HERE if you want to check out more about it and maybe you’ll end up with the coolest Halloween mask in the process. Now in the spirit of Demons, let’s end this post with some words of wisdom from Tony The Pimp:
To be fair, I think that’s been the only ‘katana sword demon slaying on a motorcycle scene’ ever in a movie. But yes, that gem of a clip is from Lamberto Bava’s 1985 classic gorefest – Demons. I don’t even know where to begin with the awesomeness in this one. We could start with the fact that George has some serious motorbike skills and effortlessly rides along top of the movie theater seats, which somewhat defies physics. Then we can get into the impressive sword mastery that he puts forth, all while maintaining his balance and speed on the bike. Add in the metal track ‘Fast As A Shark‘ from Accept, and you can’t help but grin from ear to ear at everything involved here. As a matter of fact, let’s watch it again!
I love me a good horror movie that’s set in a movie theater. The 1985 Italian gorefest Demons easily being my favorite, but one not far behind is a little genre gem called Popcorn. Never heard of it? You might not be alone. This post however, is about posters and the Popcorn poster graced my eyes back in 1991 at my local Mom & Pop video store.
Let’s talk taglines here. ‘Buy a bag…Go home in a box.‘ That right there folks is part of what’s missing in horror movies nowadays. Sure, it’s cheesy, but therein lies the charm. And if you’ve seen Popcorn, you know that it’s full of charm. Some might say it’s full of something else, but I digress.
I’ve said it before: throw a skull on a poster and I’ll most likely be down no matter what. And the Popcorn poster uses the skull wisely, managing to pull you in and give you a 50’s horror vibe at the same time. I dig the mention of ‘The Possessor’ storyline in the top left corner as well. Overall, I just love the nostalgic feel of this poster! Seek the movie out (it’s up on Youtube and I recommend it) if you will, or just gaze at the delicious artwork above to get your Popcorn fix on. And throw some extra butter on it while you’re at it.