Demonwarp (1988)

July 2, 2009 - 11:47pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 80's, aliens, b movie, blood, cheesy, demonwarp, Emmett Alston, George Kennedy, Zombie Movies

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Emmett Alston
George Kennedy, David Michael O'Neill, Pamela Gilbert, Billy Jacoby, Hank Stratton, Colleen McDermott, Michelle Bauer, Shannon Kennedy, John Durbin, Jill Marin, Joe Praml, Larry Grogan

From director Emmett Alston (New Year's Evil, Hunter's Blood) comes Demonwarp, a film that mixes various sub-genres together in one contrived piece of 80's cheese. I try to stay on top of my 80's creature flicks, although I know there are still quite a few I've missed, I don't know how I could've passed up this little weird feature. However, after having watched it I apparently wasn't missing out on much, but I'll be damned if it still wasn't entertaining. The movie takes the standard formula of a group of young people in a secluded cabin and instead of having a masked killer, they've thrown in a bigfoot creature, zombie drones, and some demonic alien being -- WTF!!

A group of friends decide to visit a secluded old rented-out cabin owned by the uncle of one of the group. Unbeknownst to them, a bigfoot-like creature attacked a father-daughter couple prior to their visit. As it turns out, the uncle has turned up missing after doing research on some anomalies within the area, and the real reason for their gathering in the cabin is to find him and what he was researching. Before they could even get anywhere with that idea, the bigfoot creature decides to pay them a little visit, offing a couple of them and once again leaving the rest of the cabin a mess. With the car totaled, the remaining survivors make their way through the woods in hopes of finding their way home and avoiding another encounter with the hairy beast.

I liked the initial idea of the film. Having a bigfoot-like killer intrigued me from the start, but as the movie progressed it was clear the writer didn't know where the hell he was going with the story. Towards the end of the flick it's revealed that the cause of all this nonsense has to do with some demonic alien being that seems to have crashed into earth and is using zombie drones to help rebuild his ship and is also key to that pesky bigfoot going around terrorizing everyone in the area. The film finally ends in a silly clichéd climax that only the 80's could deliver.

The movie is silly, but fun. Bigfoot a peeping tom? Yup, he is in this film anyway, when a couple random girls decide to get a nice tan in the middle of the woods and he's shown hiding in the nearby bushes. What this movie could have used to up the entertainment factor would definitely be the gore, which is pretty much non-existent here. There's some blood thrown about, but it's pretty obvious that they had to limit the gore due to its small budget. It was nice to see some familiar faces in the flick like horror vet George Kennedy and Hank Stratton, whom can recently be seen in this past season of The Unit on CBS. As it stands, this is a classic example of how cheesy, mixed up, but somehow still entertaining 80's horror can be.

A fine example of typical contrived 80's horror cheese that attempts to blend several sub-genres together in one mixed up little story. Entertaining and unintentionally funny at times, and as it stands it isn't a bad movie, but not a good one either. If you're a big fan of 80's horror and want a cheesy creature feature then give this a check.

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