5 Things That Make ‘Night Of The Demons’ The Best Halloween Movie Ever!


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With October 31st approaching fast, everyone is getting ready to pick their favorite movie from the Halloween franchise to watch on Halloween night.  Is it going to be John Carpenter’s 1978 original?  Or maybe you’re in the mood for the Silver Shamrock jingle?  And what about the one with Busta Rhymes? Matter of fact, forget about all of those because the best Halloween-themed horror movie to watch on Halloween night involves lipstick and not a William Shatner mask from Star Trek.

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Yeah!!  Night Of The Demons is quite possibly (at least for me) the best Halloween-themed horror movie of all time.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Michael Myers and respect John Carpenter to death, but there’s just something about Night Of The Demons that puts it on top.  Actually, there are 5 things that put it on the top and here they are:

 

1.  The Lipstick Scene

How could this not be number one?  Now look – I know that I’m kind of taking the cheap way out and going with the weird gratuitous nudity scene right out the gate, but how could I not?  It was one thing to watch Linnea Quigley eroticly draw on her naked body with the pink lipstick, but then to make any magician proud – it disappears!  Into her nipple nonetheless.  Spoiler alert.

 

2.  The Soundtrack

Not only is the original soundtrack (composed by Dennis Michael Tenney) pure 80’s horror goodness, this movie has one of the best solo dance segments ever!  When Angela decides to dance to Bauhaus’ “Stigmata Martyr“, you can’t help but to be hypnotized………Don’t believe me?  Watch the clip below and find out:

 

3.  Stooge’s Hair

I remember watching Night Of The Demons when I was younger and actually wanting Stooge’s haircut.  Clearly there was something wrong with me, and I didn’t quite have enough to pull off a mullet, but looking back on it now – this might be my favorite 80’s movie haircut ever and it just adds to the overall feel of the movie.  Nothing says 80’s like a mullet with some lines and steps cut in on the sides of your hair.  Never has there been a better haircut for a movie character named Stooge.

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4.  This Movie Is So Fucking Fun! 

Few horror movies can really nail the whole ‘fun factor’, and Night Of The Demons is the exception.  Are you going to get Oscar nominated acting here? Nope.  But the dialogue is witty and clever and even though there are some creepy moments (Angela’s makeup and voice for one), the movie is the quintessential 80’s horror product that brings the fun.  Multiple viewings are usually a way to test the shelf life of a horror movie, and Night Of The Demons seems to get better with each viewing.  Oh – and there are quite a few pairs of boobs in it too to add to the ‘fun factor’.

 

5.  The Ending Is Perfect 

Growing up in a small Indiana town, I actually dealt with my fair share of cranky old people who hated Halloween and hated giving kids candy.  One guy used to give out rotten apples and chocolate covered crickets.  True story.  So at the end of Night Of The Demons, it always makes me smile to see that crabby old guy get his comeuppance when his ‘razor blades in the apple’ plan backfires.  Perfect way to end the movie and a perfect homage to Halloween in general.

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So there you have it.  If you haven’t seen Night Of The Demons (let me specify that I’m talking about the Kevin Tenney original from 1988, not the terrible remake), then do yourself a favor and watch it this year on Halloween. Scream Factory released a pretty amazing Blu-ray that has a great transfer and tons of extras a little while back.  And if you take your kids trick-or-treating this year, make sure to watch out for the cranky old guys with apples.

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: David’s Mullet In ‘The Lost Boys’ (1987)

I’m about to write about something so rare…..so unmentionable…..so not worth the build up that I’m giving it, but I’m going to keep building it up because it has to be done.  I’m talking about a mullet hairstyle that actually looks…….COOL.

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And there you have it.  That’s none other than David (Kiefer Sutherland) from the 1987 vampire flick, The Lost Boys.  And that’s his mullet.  Bucking the trend that this hairstyle is laughable, David allowed us to accept it in it’s cool vampire form and realize that there could be a better way for the mullet.  In 1988, Night Of The Demons took note and attempted to replicate the style on top of the head of Stooge (Hal Havins).  Nothing compares to David’s though, and for that very reason he is now enshrined into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History!  As a bonus, this guy in the video below wasn’t in a horror movie, but he deserves some recognition for what him and his mullet do to those melons.

Dirty Horror Dance Party: Angela’s Dance From ‘Night Of The Demons’ (1988)

I’m feeling pretty funky today, so let’s have a dance party!  Who’s that I see in the distance wearing that sexy black dress?  Oh – it’s Angela from 1988’s Night Of The Demons!  Perfect timing since Halloween is coming soon and that movie takes place on Halloween night.  Angela looks like she’s ready to boogie, so let’s all sit back and get hypnotized by her moves as she gets down to ‘Stigmata Martyr’ by Bauhaus.  Unfortunately, Stooge shows up towards the end and fucks up the moment.

Top 10 Old Guys In Horror Movie History

Lately, my grey hairs have been out of control.  And I seem to be urinating more than I have in the past too.  Not to mention I’m always taking ‘cat naps’ because I just can’t seem to get the energy going that I used to.  Bottom line:  I’m getting old.  So I wanted to celebrate my favorite old guys throughout the years of horror movies with a Top 10 list to make myself feel better about inching towards that infamous age of 40.  So without further adieu, I give to you the Top 10 Old Guys In Horror Movie History:

 

10.  Old Man (Night Of The Demons – 1988)

The old man in 1988’s Night Of The Demons was the definition of a cranky old sonofabitch.  He was that guy that would tell kids to stay off his lawn and spent his later years making kids feel bad for being kids.  Fittingly, he got what he deserved in the end when his ‘razor blades in the apples’ Halloween trick backfired horribly.  Poor cranky old sonofabitch.

 

9.  Grampa (TerrorVision – 1986)

More than a guilty pleasure for me, TerrorVision is the epitome of an 80’s “Midnight Movie”.  And the character of Grampa more than contributed to that whole vibe.  He was a little bat-shit crazy, but what old guy isn’t?  Now please enjoy this clip of his epic demise.

 

8.  Mr. Machen (The Fog – 1980)

It’s all about the voice.  And actor John Houseman had the kind of voice that would make Kim Kardashian’s memoirs sound interesting if he read it out loud.  His scene in John Carpenter’s The Fog was added later in production to bulk up the movie, and I for one am glad it was.  Watch and listen to Mr. Machen scare the shit out of bunch of little kids around a campfire with his tale of a ship that sank 100 years ago.

 

7.  Joe Petto (Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker)

Raise your hand if you even knew that there was a fifth installment of the killer Santa Claus franchise, Silent Night, Deadly Night.  Ok – now raise your hand again if you knew that national treasure Mickey Rooney starred in that movie.  Yeah, that’s right – he played a psychotic toy maker named Joe Petto, which was a somewhat clever nod to the story of Pinocchio.  Not many clips of old man Rooney in action in this one on Youtube, so check out the crappy trailer for film to get your fix.

 

6.  Grandpa (The Lost Boys – 1987)

How cool would it be if your grandpa was not only a taxidermist, but also a secret vampire hunter too?  Pretty damn cool, which is why Grandpa from 1987’s The Lost Boys made the list.  He’s pretty kooky throughout the movie, but damn near steals it with this scene at the end.

 

5.  Grandpa (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 – 1986)

Another character named Grandpa!  Now although I’m very partial to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre over the sequel in terms of the movie as a whole, I have to give the edge of the Grandpa character to the latter.  He was more spry, had more personality, and honestly swung that hammer like a spring chicken (albeit a borderline decomposing one).

 

4.  Dr. Loomis (Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers – 1995)

You may have noticed that I chose the sixth installment of the Halloween franchise for Dr. Loomis’ character.  That’s because he was pretty damn old in it and it showed.  It turned out though, that it would be his swan song because actor Donald Pleasence passed away shortly after Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers was completed.  So let’s raise a pint to the amazing Dr. Loomis and his equally amazing trench coat.

 

3.  Henry Kane (Poltergeist II: The Other Side – 1986)

Not many horror characters burn their image into your brain like Henry Kane from Poltergeist II: The Other Side.  Pretty much the only good thing about this sequel (besides the giant tequila worm of course) is this Bible thumping creepy old man that stole the show with his infectious smile and thinning hair.  Dogs don’t seem to take too kindly to him though, which is usually a major red flag in a horror movie.

 

2.  Crazy Ralph (Friday The 13th Part 1 & 2 – 1980, 1981)

You’re all doomed!!!”  And with that line, Crazy Ralph skyrocketed himself into the upper echelon of horror catchphrases.  Some might have actually been surprised that Ralph survived Pamela Voorhees in the first Friday The 13th.  The second time was not a charm unfortunately, as he took some barbed wire to the neck after being a creepy peeping tom.  Serves you right Crazy Ralph!

 

1.  Grandpa (Silent Night, Deadly Night – 1984)

Alright – here we go!  Did you expect someone else to be at number 1?  If you haven’t seen 1984’s Silent Night Deadly Night, then not only did you miss out on an awesome sledding decapitation, but you also missed out on the best old man moment ever in horror movie history.  Billy, our psychopathic killer Santa Claus, visits his Grandpa in a nursing home when he’s 5-years-old.  It’s at this point where the old bastard scares the shit out of Billy by telling him the horrible truth that Santa punishes little boys and girls who are naughty. Because of that, we pretty much have Grandpa to thank in part for Billy’s murderous rampage that would happen years later.  Thanks for that Grandpa, but congrats on grabbing the number 1 spot!