Classic? Yeah, that's what I said. When I first viewed the original in the basement of my parents house, home alone with the lights out, I knew I was witnessing a film that would forever hold a place in my heart next to other classics like RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, EVIL DEAD (I and II), and FRIGHT NIGHT.
Each of those movies were funny but also scary. They helped define and shape my love of horror movies. I craved this stuff and ate them up like a bowl of Halloween candy.
This remake has none of the atmosphere of the original. Instead of taking place in a mortuary like the '88 film, called Hull House (just the name sounds creepy), this one takes place in a New Orleans manse. It is something more suited to an Anne Rice vampire movie, instead of something involving punk rock demons.
Although the demon masks are grotesque none can match the hellish visage of Angela from the original. I also found the inclusion of a guy dressed as Jigsaw from the SAW movies rather strange (he even rides a tricycle). Perhaps the director was subconsciously wishing he could be directing one of the hundred SAW sequels instead of this NIGHT OF THE DEMONS remake.
The acting is mediocre at best, with Edward Furlong seeming to walk through most of the movie with a sweaty, dazed and confused, look on his face. Strangely, his acting is so bad that he ends up providing some good eye rolling laughs. Now, I'm not saying the original movie was chalk full of Academy Award acting chops but I've seen better acting in an amateur porno movie.
You know, it doesn't compare to the original, but if you got nothing better to do, and the video store is all out of copies of the '88 film, be my guest. But know I warned you. Hey, at the very least you will get to see the real Gollum. Andy Serkis beware!