Movie Review: DEMON WIND (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

DEMON WIND was written and directed by Charles Philip Moore and stars Eric Larson, Francine Lapensée, Sherry Bendorf Leigh, Rufus Norris, Lynn Clark, Bobby Johnston, Mark David Fritsche and Stephen Quadros.

The strange and brutal deaths of Cory’s grandparents has haunted him for years. Determined to discover the truth, he has returned to the desolate region where they lived, along with a group of friends, to try and uncover the mystery. Ignoring warnings from the locals that the area is cursed, Cory and his friends soon realize that the legend is true, as the Demon Wind, possesses and destroys them, one by one, turning them into monsters from hell.

The opening scene for Demon Wind takes place sixty years in the past and gives the viewer their first glimpse at the power of this evil entity as it attacks this couple (Cory’s grandparents) and then the it all fast forwards to present day. The movie follows Cory and his group of friends who get trapped in an isolated location while investigating his grandparents’ mysterious death. After numerous warnings that the land is cursed, they find out first hand when demons are unearthed and begin to terrorize them. This supernatural presence that claims the land begins taking out Cory’s friends one by one and all is ultimately revealed as the movie plays out. It’s good versus evil in the final battle between the survivors and this terrifying Demon Wind that ultimately can’t be stopped.

Demon Wind came along at the tail end of the 80’s and brought in the new batch of horror movies for the 90’s. It has the 80’s horror movie look and feel but it actually released in 1990. The movie had an interesting story that followed this young man who wanted to try and find out what happened to his grandparents because their mysterious death has been haunting him for years. The 80’s was loaded full of cheesy slashers but Demon Wind is more of a supernatural thriller than anything else because the big bad in it is this mysterious Demon Wind that serves as the antagonist of the film. It has the power to resurrect the dead and to create demons out of the humans it comes in contact with. There’s really some impressive old school practical/makeup effects used considering this horror movie was a low budget production. There are some visual effects used in the movie and I will admit they look pretty dated.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc features artwork that matches the front cover and the DVD disc features matching alternate artwork. Vinegar Syndrome uses the clear keep cases for these titles and I really like the look of them. It kind of helps them stand out from the normal old blue keep cases. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this release were really impressive considering the age and obscurity of this film. The movie has gotten a brand new 2K restoration from its original 35mm camera negative and it looks and sounds fantastic. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Vinegar Syndrome did a great job with this new release.

Bottom line is, Demon Wind was another first time watch for me and I had a blast checking out this old school slice of horror cheese from 1989-1990. I pretty much liked everything about the movie even though it did borrow some from horror classics like Evil Dead and Children of the Damned. The cast did a good job with their characters that were likable and easy to follow and director Charles Philip Moore was able to capture everything he needed to make this movie a fun slice of horror cheese. I’m aware it got panned by the critics back in the day but all that usually means is that everybody else will like it or at least get a little something out of it. No, not everybody is going to like this movie but real horror fans will hopefully find it as entertaining as I did. The movie first debuted on VHS in the U.S. by Prism Entertainment back in 1990 and is just now making its Blu-ray and DVD debut thanks to Vinegar Syndrome. Demon Wind is now available on a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack and is worth checking out. The first 3,000 copies sold through VinegarSyndrome.com will include a double-thick limited edition LENTICULAR slipcover.

Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) / Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.85:1) / Region Free

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5,0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include four new interviews with some of the cast and crew, the original theatrical trailer, a stills gallery and more.

  • Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
  • Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative
  • Video Interview with Executive Producer Sandy Horowitz (26:27)
  • Video Interview with Actress Sherry Bendorf Leigh (16:31)
  • Video Interview with Cinematographer Thomas L. Callaway (19:57)
  • Audio Interview with Editor Christopher Roth (20:17)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (02:09)
  • Still Gallery (03:52)
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH Subtitles

 

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