CULTOWEEN 2018: Night of the Demons 2

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The original Night of the Demons was already a crazy ride, but six years after that film’s release Brian Trenchard-Smith decided to try to follow up with another excursion into the Halloween-tinged atmosphere of this series with Night of the Demons 2. Bringing back Angela (Amelia Kinkade) and her rotten hijinks in Hull House, Trenchard-Smith anticipates the boredom of doing the same thing all over again by transitioning outside of that element and getting a bit more blasphemous in the process – including a Catholic boarding school housing a number of super-horny kids.

The first thing that should appeal to cult film fans is the sheer zaniness of Night of the Demons 2, which goes off the deep end with its approach to the subject matter. There’s a die-hard nun named Sister Gloria (Jennifer Rhodes) who loves planning Halloween parties and using holy water to vanquish evil; there’s Mouse (Merle Kennedy), Angela’s sister, who is constantly goaded into being tortured by her “friends”; and then there’s Shirley (Zoe Trilling), a total bitch mean girl character who is probably the best tease in the whole film.

Trenchard-Smith is no stranger to B-movie filmmaking; before this, he tackled projects like BMX Bandits, Dead End Drive-In, and Turkey Shoot. His track record immediately indicates a couple of key points: there’s going to be schlocky acting, and there’s going to be a bevy of boobies. Both are true of Night of the Demons 2, which often goes out of its way to show ample skin. And once the film gets to its final encounter with Angela and her band of demons (including one turned by vaginal insertion), Trenchard-Smith just lets the blood and guts fly with abandon.

The Halloween elements are few and far between here – it’s not a mainstay of the film’s plot like Night of the Demons, but it does take place on Halloween and there are a few Halloween parties to add atmosphere. Still, all of that is secondary to a ridiculous movie about a nun battling demons with squirt guns and water balloons full of holy water, and I can’t think of a single person who shouldn’t have fun watching this movie on a chill October night.

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