Night of the Demons III (1997) *1/2
D: Jim Kaufman
C: Amelia Kinkade, Larry Day, Kris Holden-Ried, Gregory Calpakis, Tara Slone, Christian Tessier, Joel Gordon, Patricia Rodriguez
Plot Synopsis: A group of young criminals accidentally shoot a police officer. To avoid being arrested they hide out in an abandoned house. When they realize that the house is haunted, they start to wish that they had turned themselves in when they had a chance.
Review: The first two entries in the Night of the Demons franchise took a generic premise of people in a haunted house getting possessed by demons on Halloween night and dressed it up with eye catching artwork, grisly death sequences, creative special effects, moments of style, delicious black humor, perfectly timed one liners and an attractive cast. While that might not have been a lofty achievement, it resulted in two entertaining movies.
Now, we're onto the third entry in the series. Yet again, another group of people are trapped in a haunted house, on Halloween night, where they're possessed and killed by a variety of demons. Yet again, there's eye catching artwork, grisly death sequences, creative special effects, moments of style, black humor, one liners and more! However, none of these elements have that same spark or flair that they did the first two times. The problem is that it all feels like leftover material that didn't make the cut in the first two movies.
They even recycle some of footage from the original in this entry! Even series star Amelia Kinkade seems to be going through the motions, reciting her dialogue for a quick buck. That same energy and va-va-voom that Kinkade displayed in the earlier films is long gone. Night of the Demons 3 feels like a shadow of the first two films. Or, to give some context, it's the black sheep of the family. It might be related to its predecessors, but it's not in the same league. That's a pretty telling statement in that the first two movies were slightly above average examples of the genre, but hardly anything that enriched the horror movie field. So, it wasn't like part three had impossible odds going against it. All they had to do was recycle the formula, but do it in a way that felt fresh. On that simple count, they failed.
You know how they say the third time is the charm? Well, in the case of Night of the Demons 3, it's more like three strikes and you're out. [R] 88 minutes.
AKA: Demon House
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