DVD Review: DEMONIC

DEMONIC was written and directed by Will Canon and stars Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Dustin Milligan, Scott Mechlowicz and Megan Park. The movie was produced by James WanDemonic follows a psychologist and a detective investigating the horrific murders of five college students who were killed while summoning paranormal spirits. 

The film centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre where five college students were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home. Detective Mark Lewis (Frank Grillo) and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein (Maria Bello) question one of the few survivors who explains they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, which was believed to be haunted. But what started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying.

The story for Demonic follows this group of college friends who accidentally summon some evil spirits and all of them end up dying horrific deaths. A detective and psychologist are brought in on the case and end up questioning the lone survivor who shares in gruesome detail the events that took place that left all of his friends dead. Well, just about all of them. While Dr. Klein continues to question the young man, Detective Lewis starts investigating the crime scenes and the closer they get to solving these mysterious murders, the more this supernatural evil reveals itself. They discover another survivor who knows the secret to what’s actually happening here and it’s a big secret the young man has been keeping from them. Once this other survivor is discovered, a new twist to the story is introduced and it comes with a supernatural shocker.

Okay, I remember this movie getting a lot of hype four or five years ago right before it went into production because James Wan was producing it. It was called House of Horror at first but the name was later changed to Demonic for some reason. Name changes usually come from the distributor or studio. The concept wasn’t anything original because we get plenty of these kind of supernatural haunted house creepers but it’s still a pretty cool horror movie. The fact that it has three big names attached to it will easily help build up some interest for it, too. Will Canon did a good job telling the story and his direction is complimented nicely by some cinematography that gives Demonic this moody and atmospheric vibe at times. The movie also has some creepy cool special effects (visual and practical) that definitely help deliver the scares.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the creepy cool artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The DVD disc has a flat grey finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Demonic is another “casualty of war” because the movie ended up sitting on the shelf for a few years after the Anchor Bay buyout by Lionsgate. There’s no one to blame here really because this was simply a transition period and things like this happen sometimes. Even though there’s nothing original about this possession/haunted house thriller, it was still a fun watch plus it’s the perfect time for this one to finally reach the masses. The story was interesting enough and it came with a twist. Director Will Canon did a really good job capturing the scares and the cast all did a great job with their characters. The fact that James Wan is a producer for the movie and Frank Grillo and Maria Bello both star in it are enough to get the attention of horror fans out there and the movie really is a pretty cool watch. Demonic is now available on DVD and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Anchor Bay / Lionsgate

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

 

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