Tuesday 19 November 2013

DVD review: Demonicus (2001)

Tyranus, the spirit of a demon gladiator possesses James (Gregory Lee Kenyon) and goes on a horrendous killing spree after James accidentally enters an ancient burial cave cave full of gladiator artifacts while hiking in the Italian Alps. Demonicus is written by Tim Sullivan and Jay Woelfel who also is the director. The acting is terrible, some of the dialogue is laugh out loud funny. Strangely there are not any sympatheic characters in this. The camerawork and editing is pretty good. The soundtrack is pretty good but I felt that some of it would fit better in a actionflick. The gladiator armour and weaponry looks ridiculously cheap and plastic. The action sequences are very poorly staged. The pacing is pretty good. It´s pretty gory, arms, legs and heads are cut off but the fx is weak and cheap although the gladiator corpse is actually pretty cool. There´s some bad computer rendered fx in this. There´s no T and A in this.
This review is based upon the region 2 DVD release from Film 2000.
Rating: 0½ out of 7. Demonicus is filled to the brim with unintentional comedy, the concept isn´t bad, it has potential but it would have been much better with likeable characters, better acting, some rewrites and better fx.


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