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About the Movie
Eight years ago, Father Colin Hampstead oversaw an exorcism that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Jewel Grant. In the traumatic aftermath, Hampstead, disillusioned with religion, left the church, got married and became a celebrated writer. But he can’t escape his tortured past and now he and his wife are being tormented by the dead girl’s ghost.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 5
- Fresh: 2
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 5.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The ambitious auteur is getting better at making his novelistic ideas punchy and cinematic, but "Demons" is still a B-movie that takes itself too seriously.
Unique, strong female leads, psychological, and scary!
Demons is a gripping and unique film that delves into the realm of well-intentioned religious fervor taken too far, inner demons that manifest themselves in horrific ways, and how these things affect the lives of a disillusioned priest and his family. Using a brilliant format of flashbacks that tantalizingly unfolds the history responsible for current supernatural happenings, Demons manages to weave enough humor and poignancy into what is otherwise a dark and psychologically deep thriller that it never loses the attention of the audience for a minute!
Billed as a horror flick, Demons delivers so much more than any slasher film as it really develops the characters and I found myself terrified - not of the “Demons” that Father Hampstead attempts to exorcise, but of those demons present to some extent in all of us - regret, disillusionment, missed potential, misplaced trust, and those demons we fight because of circumstances in our past.
Lindsay Anne Williams and Kristina Emerson deliver particularly powerful performances and it's truly refreshing to see a male screenwriter spending much time and thought on his female leads, particularly in a genre where females tend all-to-often to be helpless or simpering victims.
With a gorgeous soundtrack, remarkable cinematography particularly for an independent project, truly brilliant casting, and a surprising and thought-provoking post-script plot twist, Demons is DEFINITELY worth seeing several times, as I have found new layers of insight each time I have experienced it. Don’t miss this “horror” film that is truly unique in the genre!
A Fun and Twisted Ride
This is an excellent psychological thriller that does not shy away from taboo topics. The dynamic cast brought this female driven story to life as it dove headfirst into the characters. Thus, making it easier to understand the motives behind some of the choices. The actors portrayed the characters so true to life that it makes you take a side way glance at your neighbors. Truly, it was a pleasure to watch the way the time sequences were seamlessly welded together which bring the story full circle. All of the twists and turns keep you guessing and makes for a fun ride.
So much praise to Lindsay Anne Williams for her adaptation of such a complicated character trapped between her duties, expectations, and her own internal morels!