This sequel manages to rise a couple of notches above the original NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, since its characters aren't as hatefully obnoxious. Otherwise, it's the same mixture of gross-out effects and youthful raunch.
At St. Rita's Academy, the students can barely keep their hormones in check, and their high jinks get Johnny (Johnny Moran), Bibi (Christi Harris), Kurt (Ladd York), and Shirley (Zoe Trilling) barred from the Halloween dance by strict Sister Gloria (Jennifer Rhodes). Shirley convinces them, along
with Terri (Christine Taylor) and the shy Mouse (Merle Kennedy), to sneak away from the school to another party. What no one but Shirley and outside co-conspirators Rick (Rick Peters) and Z-Boy (Darin Heames) knows is that the party is to take place at Hull House, a deserted former funeral home
where Mouse's sister Angela supposedly became possessed and slaughtered several of her friends.
Indeed, back at St. Rita's, demonology buff Perry (Bobby Jacoby) has performed a ritual and raised Angela's spirit. At Hull House, Shirley, Rick, and Z-Boy tie Mouse up and prepare to sacrifice her, but when Kurt intercedes, it proves to be a cruel prank. Then Angela appears for real and kills
Z-Boy; the rest of the group, oblivious to his fate, return to St. Rita's. There, a cursed lipstick retrieved from the house possesses Shirley, and she kills Rick in the midst of the dance, sending the rest of the students fleeing for the chapel. After fending off Shirley with a cross, Sister
Gloria joins Perry in arming up with rosaries, holy water-filled Super Soakers and balloons, and her trusty yardstick. Kurt is killed and Terri survives an attempted possession by Angela, who then spirits Mouse back to Hull House. Joined by skeptical Father Bob (Rod McCary), Johnny, Bibi, Sister
Gloria and Perry go to Hull House to rescue Mouse. Father Bob and Perry are killed, but with Mouse's help, the group dispatches Angela (who climactically transforms into a giant snakewoman) for good. Back at St. Rita's, though, the lipstick remains, still imbued with evil.
With a pair of bloody murders before the opening credits and a parade of naked coeds immediately after, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2 makes no bones about where its intentions lie. As exploitation filmmaking goes, it's par for the course but done with a little more energy than some. Australian B-movie
specialist Brian Trenchard-Smith doesn't take the material too seriously, and the young cast manages to make the none-too-dimensional characters relatively likable. Certainly they're more sympathetic than those in the first film, in which the principals were so despicable one was led to root for
the demons. On the other hand, none of characterizations here are going to win any awards for originality, either.
Trenchard-Smith gets a healthy assist from special makeup effects creator Steve Johnson, whose demon and creature work is way above average for this kind of low-budgeter, and from Rhodes as Sister Gloria, who has one great scene in which she loads up with religious weaponry in a Rambo-style
montage. The rest of the production credits, as well as the storytelling, are standard issue, and the script starts to shows signs of strain as its characters run continually from one location to another. Still, it could have been worse, and at this rate, a NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 3 might turn out to
be a genuinely solid movie. (Graphic violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: NR
- Review: This sequel manages to rise a couple of notches above the original NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, since its characters aren't as hatefully obnoxious. Otherwise, it's the same mixture of gross-out effects and youthful raunch. At St. Rita's Academy, the students can… (more)