So, my long time good friend CATHY likes to sew and makes costumes and gowns as a hobby. She and I always talked about making me a WONDER WOMAN outfit and finally 2009 was the year to make it happen! Yup! It's true, I am WONDER WOMAN
All dressed and ready to go I made my way to the New Beverly to be second in line and I was totally ready for a DEMONS trilogy! Evil Beware! While waiting in line I met up with some fellow Bev regulars in disguise, there was an EVIL WIZARD and a Bloody Cowboy. We were about to have a big battle showdown but settled the score quickly and instead posed together for some photos beneath the marquee.
Once the box office opened up we all settled in to get seats and snacks. I was in the front row with my friend who was #1 in line and the Bloody Cowboy a.k.a. Billy the kid a.k.a Clu Gulager! I was indeed excited. I got to strut my stuff and show off a bit, which I have to admit was a bit weird for me, but ultimately it was fun and that's what Halloween is all about right? Anyways, onto the MOVIES!
Phil, midnight man programmer, planned this special evening filled with Demons, Demons and more Demons all wrapped together with some Q&A's, awesome trailers and gore! He came on down to kick off the night with the introduction for NIGHT OF THE DEMONS and its director Kevin Tenney . Kevin explained that Phil had found him on facebook asking for the NIGHT OF THE DEMONS print, which he had tucked away for the last 20 years. Phil also brought up WITCHTRAP (which did screen at the New Beverly a few months ago) and Kevin still doesn't understand that Phil sincerely loves it so! Kevin preferred to keep things focused on NIGHT OF THE DEMONS and so the screening began.
TRAILERS: MADMAN (There's no escape!), a commercial for the SUPER STAR PLANE (I want one!), HALLOWEEN and CREEPERS.
I had never seen NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, I knew of it and remember seeing the VHS box cover of it and for NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2 at the video store but passed it up for whatever reason. NIGHT OF THE DEMONS is set on HALLOWEEN night when a bunch of teens decide to visit old "Hull House" and throw a party. Hull House used to be a funeral parlor and has been long abandoned, but there's stories of bad things going down and of course being there on Halloween night just means trouble. After a failed past lives seance Demons are on the loose and ready to possess whoever they can! For an 80s horror film it does stand out well on it's own. There's gore, gross outs with a lipstick gag and the often nude Linnea Quigley and a big mix of characters running to stay alive or running around possessed. Actually the possessed demons looked pretty good and scary, yup. I will say I really dug the ending but won't spoil a thing in case you haven't seen it.
Immediately after the credits there was a Q&A with Kevin Tenney and a bunch of the cast including Hal Havins who was STOOGE the rude obnoxious guy who has the big line of "EAT A BOWL OF FUCK"! Then there was Philip Tanzini and Jill Terashita who were Max and Frannie a couple at the party who meet their demise in a coffin and Alvin Alexis who was Rodger, a party-goer hero guy and Alvin actually flew out from New York to be at the screening! Lastly there was James Quinn who did all the demon voices in the film and happens to also be the star of WITCHTRAP!
Phil, Hal and Kevin ready to share stories!
Hal, Jill, Philip, and Alvin reunited!
Kevin and James smile!
Kevin was quite excited to be sharing anecdotes from the set about each actor who was there with him. Hal said he stole his big line from John Belushi who he was a big fan of and when he said it on set no one but Kevin knew it was coming. The film was shot in Los Angeles, Spanish Harlem and Philip said one night he dragged Hal with him to a local taco stand while they were in costume to see how people would react. Alvin said that he thanks his career to this film because getting the part kept him in Los Angeles on the day he was actually set to leave. None of them had seen the film in 20 years and really enjoyed watching it with a crowd.
After a little break the show continued with trailers for upcoming movies at the New Beverly: NEAR DARK, DEATH WISH III and THEY LIVE.
Next DEMONS screened. I first saw DEMONS last year at the New Beverly and I already rambled on about it HERE but here's a quick overview. There's a special movie screening at the new METROPOL theater house and from there a Demon invasion is unleashed. The theater patrons are all trapped inside and many become possessed running rampant. Of course the evil is also set loose upon the world and there's bigger and bigger kills throughout the film in classic Italian horror fashion. It's pretty insane! It's a lot of fun and a movie that must be seen in a theater. Phil later told me that the young boy at the end was the boy in HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY! Yea, I learned something new!
After the film actress and filmmaker Geretta Geretta came on down for a Q&A handing out some candies as she went down the aisle. Geretta played Rosemary in DEMONS, and she was the first Demon in the film. She was very cool and quite excited talking fast and dishing out stories about her career and time in Italy. Geretta went to Italy for film school but wasn't let in because she wasn't fluent in Italian so she turned to modeling and acting. She became fluent in Italian by being one of the few American actors on film sets and by translating her scripts word by word with an Italian/English dictionary. Geretta had been working with Dario Argento when DEMONS came along with Lamberto Bava. At the time she said she was working on a comedy series during the day and filming the movie at night and she admitted to being a DIVA. Her favorite kill in DEMONS was the head rip. It was a lot of fun to hear Geretta's stories and she even explained the difference between DEMONS and ZOMBIES. She said Dario and Bava were focused on having a clear distinction between the two. Geretta put it best saying DEMONS work for the devil and it's their job to drag souls to hell while Zombies are just working class fools. Geretta continues to make films and is directing as well.
Sequel time! DEMONS 2 played after some sequel trailers: FRIGHT NIGHT II, a FRITOS commercial, HOUSE II The Second Story and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2.
DEMONS 2 is set in an apartment building where there's a party going on and other tenants are watching a DEMON movie on TV. Through that movie a DEMON is let loose and the possessions begin! It's crazy with DEMONS running wild and attacking everyone including the folks working out in the gym so there's big muscle bound guys fighting back. There's a big showdown in the parking garage and later on the pregnant woman battles a ghoulie like creature in her apartment and that was hilarious! Italian Horror is like nothing else in the world and that's a good thing if you ask me.
And now as I come to an end of the nights events I realize I almost forgot another part of the show. Clu Gulager shared a special film from his past, an old homemade video of when he was but a little baby boy with a rather large deformity. It even featured a new introduction by Clu who explained it was the trauma of the deformity that probably influenced his turn to acting. OK, well truth be told many New Beverly regulars had already seen this film at Clu's marathon earlier this year but it was a treat to watch again. This little short got the crowd pretty riled up and squirming in their seats. My friend beside me really was cringing and I just couldn't help but laugh as Clu gave me a little jab in the arm. Because only at the New Beverly with Clu Gulager in attendance will you see a homemade film of a baby with a LARGE penis that has to be amputated by chainsaw followed by blood and puke from all involved in the surgery. Yup, that's what it was!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!