I don't know what possessed me to purchase 2001's Demonicus on VHS, but I did. It's a Full Moon/Cult Video co-production. That doesn't mean that any weighty, consequential amount of money was funneled into the assembly of this sewer de force. It was shot on digital video, and as for the audio, yikes. Let me try that again. Yikes! There we go. Was the boom microphone twined in gypsum wallboard? Was there a draconian anti-looping policy instituted by the crew? What I'm trying to say with these stupid words is that all of the dialogue is faint. I could follow along, but I had to crank the volume up.
Even if this was a silent film, I doubt that I would be confused by the plot. Hiking dumbasses (split into pairs, for dumbass reasons) stumble upon a corpse in a cave. Lead dumbass James decides to wear the corpse's helmet (???). This...um, "transforms" him into Demonicus, an ancient warrior who dabbled in black magic. That's the nothing storyline. God, this is such a nothing movie. I'm embarrassed to be reviewing it. I can't imagine how YOU feel, reading this nothing review. It would be one thing if Demonicus turned out to be a pleasant surprise, an unlicked cub. But nope. This isn't a diamond in the rough; it's spittle on an embankment of pebbles. Or something to that effect.
Just spittle. Yeah, it's just fuckin' spittle. And not from a cute, sweet baby! No, it's spittle from an asshole baby who slacks off at work and insults Mexicans. I can make two statements in the film's favor. 1) The gore is damp. I mean, they may only be severed limbs, but I was willing to play ball, considering the circumstances. 2) Most of the cast is competent. I felt pity - actual pity - for the ones giving the least painful performances. Bless their hearts. I'll give Demonicus an extra plaudit, which I wouldn't do for most menial b-movies. I was able to finish it, not unlike a flavorless, objectionable meal you have to plow through without thinking or breathing too much.
I've written enough about this foeticide. Fuck Demonicus.
Posted by Dom Coccaro at 8:18 PM