Plot: What’s it about?
You would think people would know better than to borrow money from a mob boss, but I guess in some cases, desperation forces folks to. Such is the case with Nick and Tony, two friends who owe a lot of cash to Sonny Morocco (Sam Nicotero), the local kingpin of crime and not the kind of guy you want to cross. He’s killed men for small amounts of unpaid loans and unless these two come up with a plan, they’ll be next on his “to-do” list. After some discuss, the two decide to rob someone who looks wealthy, which should be a quick way to make some cash, but of course, it doesn’t quite happen as planned. The victim fights back and shoots one of the friends, which ends this escapade before it starts, to be sure. Now with only two days left to pay back the loan and no real ideas, it looks like the guys are cooked. As the two go through failed plot after failed plot, Morocco’s bloodthirsty hitman Eddie “The Goose” Rao (Tom Savini) is right behind them. When the friends decide to rob the home of a newcomer to town, it seems like the perfect plan, but as they soon discover, their luck has taken a turn for the worse, to be sure.
I liked the trailer for this movie and as it turned out, it was a good representation of what to expect from the feature, I think. The trailer looked rather amateurish and low rent, which is how the movie is, to be sure. But low budget and less than polished results aren’t reasons to dismiss a film, as horror and exploitation fans should know. No, Demon Lust is not a genre classic or anything, but it is a fun movie and has some cool moments, as well as hilarious ones. The acting often leads to a lot of laughs, as the performers have wooden delivery or sometimes worse, but since it ups the entertainment value, no complaints here. Brinke Stevens (Sideshow, Horrorvision) and special effects wizard Tom Savini (From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Knightriders) lead the cast here, but the others seem to be novelty players, people the filmmakers knew, desperation casting choices, or a combination of the three. Demon Lust has some cool moments, but the main reason to tune in is the unintentional humor, which is found in loads here, without a doubt. Yes, Demon Lust is a bad movie, but it is so much fun to watch, I simply have to recommend it to those interested.
Video: How does it look?
Demon Lust is presented in a full frame transfer. You can tell this was a low budget effort in all respects, down to the less than stellar equipment used. As such, the image looks like what it, a low rent movie shot with low rent equipment, not too impressive. But given the conditions, this looks about as good as you could hope for, I think. The image shows a lot of grain and other signs of lower grade equipment, but detail is passable on the whole. The colors look good in some sequences, while overly washed out in others, often due to the limitations of the equipment, once again. So no, this is no visual marvel, but under the circumstances, this is still more than watchable.
Audio: How does it sound?
A basic, but adequate audio track is included here, but remember, this movie wasn’t produced with the highest production values. I was never too troubled by this track, as the basics were in solid form, but since some bad loops were done, the sync is sometimes a little off. This is not the fault of this track however, so I won’t place the blame there. The music is about as well presented as you could expect, while sound effects are often poorly dubbed in, so draw your own conclusions there. The dialogue is clean and well presented, save for those bad loops I discussed before. Not the best audio track out there, but it handles the basics, which is enough here.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The main draw here is a bonus short film titled Demon Familiars, which also stars Brinke Stevens and is worth a look. This disc also includes outtakes, an interview with Brinke Stevens, the film’s trailer, and a wealth of bonus trailers to peruse.