silent man in a silver mask sends complimentary
tickets to locals for a movie premiere at a new
movie theatre which is a horror film about
All sorts arrive at the theatre including two
prostitutes with their pimp. One of the
prostitutes sees a mask as a display at the
theatre and puts it on her face for fun. The mask
cuts her face and she feels itchy the whole time
in the theatre.
Also two girls go to see the movie as well but
one of them hates horror films so two guys keeps
Later on the
prostitute doesn't feel well from her cut and
goes to the girls washroom. In the film a person
does the same thing with another mask and it cuts
the actor and then he turns into a demon. This
happens to the prostitute in the washroom.
When the other prosititute sees if her friend is
okay she is attacked and then turns into a demon
like her friend.
Then one by
one people are slayed and turning into demons
The survivors try to escape the theatre but it is
walled up and they are trapped not only that, no
one is projecting the film as they all think that
is what's causing the people turning into the
demons as they destroy the movie projector.
They try to find any way to surivive this hellish
The movie seems to start off nice
and darklike with some credits and then a subway
rolling by with passengers. Then when it comes to
a stop one of the characters named Cheryl is
walking out alone and someone is following her
which seems a bit chilling and she senses she's
in danger. This adds a nice suspense to a
beginning of a horror flick. But a strange man in
black wearing a shiny silver mask offers her a
ticket to an opening of a movie theatre in which
I thought seemed necessary and mysterious. Of
course the terror can't happen right away leaving
the surprising terror to happen much later on. I
found this character in the mask almost a paying
tribute to Phantom of the Opera.
It boggled me to wonder who the hell this person
is or if he's actually human or not.
I did like a scene with Cheryl and her friend
Kathy walking to the theatre in which this seemed
to be a nice fun touch to the flick with two
friends trying to enjoy their night out as well
as them not knowing the name of the movie in
which it draws even more of a mystery since most
complimentary tickets would announce what was
playing. There's some good liners with Kathy
saying that she hopes it's not a horror movie and
being terrified of them and I was thinking that
she's in for a nasty surprise.
When people are in the theatre it was neat seeing
movie posters as well as posters on rock bands
like AC/DC plus a cool motorbike for a display
with a silver demon mask in which we have all
types coming into the movie theatre along with an
usher named Ingrid eyeing people while entering
in which she comes across as someone incredibly
mysterious and if she will be behind the madness
to what the terror will become later on. Plus
there's a Pimp named Tony and his hooker friends
and one of the hookers named Rosemary goofs
around with the silver mask and gets cut by it as
this leaves an impression that something bad is
going to happen to her later on by how this scene
was very focused on this situation.
Then the movie starts which looks quite cheesy
but yet this looked so enjoyable watching it as
well as Kathy getting disappointed that it's a
horror film after all in which anyone who's
terrified of them would be in a terrible state of
mind worried that they're gonna freak out. I
loved her one liner telling Cheryl that if she
has a heart attack it's all her fault and then
Ken approaching her and acting charming towards
her which seems to work well when a woman is
scared of a horror film she can embrace with the
man and he assures her it will be okay. This was
well put in and one of my favourite moments in
the film. It was quite uplifting.
There is the traditional scene when a girl named
Hannah buries her head in her boyfriend Tommy
chest too scared to watch when the scary moments
happen. It looked fun to watch everyone's
reactions while watching this supposed premiere.
While watching the screen the teens goof around
with some of the stuff you're not supposed to as
we all know in a horror film is a big no no as
the terror will unleash itself. There's even a
moment one of the actors on screen puts on the
mask and has a scratch on his face in which we go
back to Rosemary as her cut is getting worst. The
suspense really piles up when she walks into a
ladies washroom and then the terror unleashes
when we see what happens to her cut.
Rosemarie's hooker friend goes into the washroom
to see if she's okay and her head is turned which
seems to be a common thing in a horror movie like
this one as you expect that this woman isn't the
same anymore when she shows her face again.
As the movie rolls along people witness an
incident and it's based right on what's happening
on the screen in which everyone tries to escape
but everything is walled up as this is an
unsolved mystery as to how this all of a sudden
happened. Was it evil magic??? It seems to look
clever as this movie theatre is evil and will let
no one out. Then everyone goes to the film
projection room hoping to find someone there
which seems to be a surprise making me wonder as
to what will be found and no one is in there with
the movie playing automatically. I was definetely
thinking that the theatre had a life of it's own.
The hookers pimp Tony seems to be heroic this
time trying to help everyone survive the people
now turning into demonic zombie's as this looked
very entertaining as well as making him very
likeable now instead of being sleazy and
There's another neat moment with Kathy acting out
of it rolling her eyes in which this leaves a
suspenseful impression that she is about to turn
especially when she turns her head a couple
times. You feel bad for her since she was one of
the nice girls and innocent one's too who hated
horror films but now it's happening to her or we
may all think. A great special effects happens is
when a green type of demon bursts out of a
person's back which seems to be a nice moment in
the film blowing your mind.
There's another spooky moment with the couple
Hannah and Tommy climbing through a vent and in
another area some demonic hands are crawling
through too which can give people nightmares when
watching this as things are too quiet and you
know that these two are in danger. Yes indeed
this scene was pretty scary.
The lead character George really knew how to act
heroic by driving a motorbike killing these
demonic zombie's which was another nice pointer
to watch showing marvellous stunt driving.
What's more entertaining is some punks who
hotwired a car is parked near the theatre and the
head one named the ripper acts obnxious demanding
the rest to pick up some spilled cocaine in which
I was thinking that this seems peaceful outside
compared to what's happening in the theatre.
There's even some comedy added in the film with
some police officers trying to stop these punks
but are doing a lousy job with how they're trying
to deal with all of this. Then the theatre door
opens for these punks thinking that this is
another mystery as to who opened this door. Maybe
the theatre itself???? The police find someone
lying in an alley and then BANG! This person is
not what you think at all. A good pointer with
the writing put into this.
More unsolved mysteries occur like a helicopter
crashing in the theatre and the driver dead. I
could never figure out as to why this had
Then we see the guy in the silver mask when a
couple of the survivors try to escape and trying
to kill these survivors. I never understood
whether this character was human or not and
doesn't explain as to where he came from. So
there's many unsolved mysteries in this film. But
that's what makes it so much fun at the same
The near ending is the best but I won't give that
away begging for a sequel in which a year later
one did arise.
Bottom line is when I looked at the video box and
read about the film and to find out the music
groups that was used in the film I was expecting
it to be an interesting 80's horror flick and I
At first I thought the flick was just average as
it just mainly took place in the movie theatre
which can be a bore but I watched it again.
Yes, there were some boring topics but otherwise
it was fantastic although some of you may
disagree with me as this film is a cult classic
which means half hate it but half love it for
it's certain appeal like with other flicks such
as Last House on the Left,
Phantasm, Evil Dead and
I loved the film of what was happening and
suddenly it was happening to the viewers in the
This film was almost like an Italian version of George
A. Romero's zombie flicks but I enjoyed this
one far more better.
The acting was overdubbed with
certain people and voiced by American actors but
yet it seemed not too bad. Lead actor Urbano
Barberini (George) had that clean cut guy
next door appeal in which he seemed like a nice
choice to portray this type of role for a film
like this one. He shows alot of dynamic energy
onto the screen too whenever he is struggling
against the terror in the theatre letting out a
ton of great energy and not lacking any of this.
He seemed like a fine character actor.
(Cheryl) had that perfect innocence to her in
which she was perfect for the looks on this. It
is hard to tell if her voice was overdubbed or
not but she seemed to have that nice type of
appeal to whenever she perfroms acting very
clever in her role. She seems to come across
nicely onto the camera and can be well remembered
in her performance to anyone who has seen this
film and I could see her getting work in other
(Ken) brings a nice charming type of attitude
just being your everyday friendly guy who likes
to have a good time in which he seemed to know on
how to be like this character. He also has a
great terrifying anxious attitude too when the
terror starts letting out a ton of great anxiety.
He was another great character actor whom would
be fondly remembered too.
Paola Cozzo (Kathy) looked beautiful and
healthy looking in her role. SHe shows off a nice
sensitive appeal to her role as someone who gets
scared easily but tries to be calm about
everything. She really draws to her role and
shows nice expressions to different topics in the
story in which you can tell that she worked hard
and earned good credit to what she did in it.
Fiore Argento (Hannah) was a bit over
the top at times with her fearful attitude while
watching the horror movie but again it sounded
like that her voice was overdubbed. She seems to
show some good energy with her role in other
spots and seemed to draw attention onto the
screen too. So she deserves credit for her
Bobby Rhodes (Tony the Pimp) stood out
the most with the supporting cast members
although his voice was overdubbed by an American
actor. Yet he seemed to have a nice masculine
look to himself making his role look perfect
along with his sleazy and charming type of bubbly
attitude too. He really shows off alot of anxiety
and power when the terror happens and really gets
into what he does.
Geretta Geretta (Rosemary) certainly knew her
craft to portray a hooker in the theatre with her
nice sarcastic actions and rebellious attitude
really showing alot of spunk in her role. She
shows alot of nice energy into what she did. Plus
she also really got into the horror mode when she
changed into a demon acting believeably scary and
deadly with her attacking others. She was a good
character actress and became a cult icon due to
her role in this film.
Nicoletta Elmi (Ingrid, the usherette)
really drew attention to the film as an employee
at the theatre with her beautiful sharp looks and
had a goos hissing type of speaking in which you
wonder if she is behind the madness going on in
the theatre or not. Plus she had a good no
nonsense serioussness to her characteristics too.
An actress who plays a juvenile
delinquent which is played by Italian actress Enrica
Maria Scrivano almost shows her full breasts
when there is cocaine on it and someone is
scraping it off.
Oh yeah, the gore piles on almost
as gruesome as an Evil Dead
We have some people transforming into demons and
boy it isn't pretty.
Lots of puss and bubbles yuck!!!!
That isn't all.... the demons rip peoples throats
Nasty eye gouging.
Hair is torn off a persons scalp revealing
Lots of blood splattering.
Demons fingers stabs through a blind man's eyes.
A green demon tears out of a woman's back.
A ripped cranium.
A helicopter propeller slices a demon and more.
If it's gore you want then rent this one.
Bava was a little rusty in some areas but
still he keeps this film well paced. There's nice
shots on featured extra's as well as lead actress
Natasha Hovey in a subway train along
with her showing good frightening expressions
walking alone in a subway along with good shots
on supporting actor Michele Soavi's feet
walking quickly towards her along with a good
brief shot on his face.
Hovey shows some good energy running up
towards Soavi asking for another ticket
in which she shows good energy while asking as
well as him looking at her handing her a ticket
which seemed quite impressive.
Bava was a bit cheesy coaching a
dialogue between Hovey and Paola
towards the movie theatre in which it looked
rough while discussing on what the movie was
going to be about. At the same time it looked
possibly overdubbed as you can tell they tried
their best as possible on how they were directed
trying to be natural as friends chatting.
A nice shot on supporting actress Geretta
Geretta spotting a silver demon mask and
goofing around with it as she seems to act
natural with what she's doing as well as reacting
to a cut on her face and a good close up shot on
her while this happens.
Bava shows many good takes on the casts
reactions while watching the movie which seems to
look well directed.
There's a good disappointed reaction on Cozzo
while watching this as well as her responses.
Plus a good shot on Urbano Barberini introducing himself to Hovey
as well as a nice charming attitude with Karl
Zinny approaching Cozzo which also
looked well directed and very natural.
A nice close up shot on Geretta smoking
a cigarette as well as a good blocking moment
with supporting actress Nicoletta
her flashlight on her in a hissing tone towards
her on what she's doing which looked very sharply
done as well as a nice sarcastic reaction on Geretta
and giggling as Bava really made her
seem like a natural rebellious type while
behaving like this.
Fiore Argento seems to show some nice
fearful energy hiding her head into the shoulder
of Guido Baldi while watching the movie
as well as a nice entertaining reaction on him
Bavi shows good chemistry between
supporting actress Enrica Maria Scrivano
making out with supporting actor Claudio
Spadaro near a booth of the theatre and a
nice shot on supporting actor Alex Serra
moving around and trying to call to her in which
he has a nice disturbed reaction while doing
There's a nice close up shot on Geretta
rubbing her face with the cut and good reactions
on her realising that it's still bothering her. Bava
also kept you in shock with Geretta
reacting in terror when she is turning into a
demon especially her reactions and great close up
shots on her face getting bubbly like.
Bava shows a good camera shot with supporting
actress Nicole Tessier in a washroom and
Geretta showing her back and then
turning her head lunging out which looked very
energetic as well as a nice screaming and freaked
out reaction on Tessier.
There's good cmaera shots looking down on Tessier
running through the back entrance of the theatre
and tripping out and falling down too which Bava
directed this in a good horror fashion. There's
also a nice moment when she tears through a movie
screen acting in pain and falling down with nice
reactions on the cast as the audience.
Hovey shows a nice speech on explaning
with what is happening which seemed nice and
strongly clear showing good characteristics. Bava
coached her very well doing this.
Bobby Rhoades really brought out alot of
aggressive energy on trying to survive and
talking to the other actors in which Bava
really brought alot of great energetic directing
with him and the rest.
There's a good shot on Geretta tying up Scrivano
and Spadaro showing good vicious and
evil expressions as well as the two in a good
panicking frenzy which all of this was well
There's good shots on Argento
and crawling behind theatre seats which she does
well reacting in fear and trying to stay quiet.
Bava shows a nice shot on Cozzo
acting expressionless and out of it with both Barberini
and Hovey anxiously trying to talk to
her which looked very impressive as well as more
nice shots on Cozzo with her head turned
and then a nice fast shot on her turning around.
Zinny does a great job freaking out and
acting paranoid towards Barberini and Hovey
as well as good blocking moments on him running
away. Bava directed him at an intense
There's terrific shots on Rhodes and the others
now as demons with their eyes glowing walking up
from a staircase towards the other cast members.
Bava shows a nice blue light shot on
both Baldi and Argento crawling
through a vent as well as a nice close up shot on
Geretta's sharp hands in which Bava
gives this a nice dark horror feel while
driecting this piece.
Bava directs a nice aggressive reaction
with supporting actor Lino Salemme
getting aggressive and demanding towards his
supporting cast as his friends in a car. This
looked well paced and energetic.
Many good camera takes on Barberini
a motorbike through the theatre as he shows a
great amount of aggression while doing this going
in for the kill. There's also great close up
shots on the supporting cast as demons screaming
or having great fearful expressions while he's
battling them on the bike which looked
Both Barberini and Hovey do a
good job listening to a nosie above the roof with
good anxious reactions.
There's a good camera shot on Barberini
trying to climb up from a hole on a roof with Soavi
trying to stop him showing good forceful energy
as well as a great menacing reaction on Hovey
whacking an object against Soavi. A nice
camera shot looking up on Soavi on the
ground with Barberini pushing his head towards a
sharp metal object. Bavi coaches them
with good forceful energy once again.
shows good distant and close up camera shots with
Barberini and Soavi running
outside on the streets as well as a nice shot on
featured extra's as demons running towards them.
music composed by Claudio Simonetti is great
for the film in which there's good low rumbling
and deep bonging sounds especially for the silent
creepy moments. There's also the odd cheesy
synthesizer violin suspenseful sounds used alot
of times for the real adventerous moments but yet
some of it sounded typically stale and didn't
really flow well at all. But there's also the odd
heartbeat sounds as this sounded pretty cool with
some drumbeats too along with nice rumbling
was superbly done in which there's a dance type
track by Simonetti with their song
"Demon" in which we hear some hissing
sounds and clattering effects with spooky
keyboard playing too.
A song supposedly used in the film was Rick
Springfield's "Walking on the
Edge" but apparently only the first bit was
played and I think it was combined with the
"Demon" track. The beginning is creepy
synthesizer music so it works with a creepy voice
We also have a balls to the wall soundtrack with
80's hair metal groups.
When the audience is watching the movie we hear Motley
Crue's tune "Save Our Souls" from
their Theatre of Pain album but the song
never made it to become a hit but still a great
tune. There's good vocalising along with creepy
back up vocals sounding totally horror like along
with great heavy guitar riffs and drumbweats. The
song was incredibly useful for all of this and no
other song could've been any better.
Then a real wild insane vocalising on a band
known as Pretty Maids with their song
"Night Danger" with great pounding
guitar playing which was used for a scene when
the people in the theatre are trying to break
through the doors and walls in order to escape
which works perfectly well for all of this and
can be easily remembered while listening to this
when this moment happens. The song is very hard
fast and heavy.
We also have a number by Billy Idol which
is none other than "White Wedding"
which was played in the car the punks stole while
they were outside of the movie theatre and
scraping up some cocaine that they spilt in the
car. The lyrics of course were pretty creepy and
how he sang them so I can see why they used this
A scene where George acts heroic riding a
motorbike through the theatre a song by Accept
titled "Fast as a Shark" is performed
in which there's heavy drumbeats and fast loud
thumping guitar riffs with the vocalist sounding
insane which seemed to go with the beat to this
Then close to the end when George and Cheryl are
trying to run away from the madness in their town
there's Saxon with their heavy duty
track "Everybody Up" as there's
terrific guitar sliding as this really fits into
the moments when they're running away and going
on an adventure.
you can tell them a mile away.
Ruth: What do you care?
Kathy: If I have
a heart attack it's all your fault!
shit, I scratched myself
Tony the Pimp: That will teach you to touch
Tony the Pimp:
What the hell happened to Rosemary?
Tony the Pimp:
She's right, she put on that mask and scratched
herself, get it? Because of that scratch she
became an instrument of evil, you heard it, we
got to stop it I tell you, we got to stop the
Tony the Pimp:
Come on grab her legs and help me throw her over
the stall! Come on what you waiting for?
George: I WON'T GIVE YOU A HAND CHRIST SHE'S
DEAD... LEAVE HER ALONE!
Tony the Pimp: YOU AINT WORTH SHIT!
Tony the Pimp:
They won't get me, that's for sure.
Nina: Hey hot
dog, next time let's rip off a Ferrari, this
heap's got no class.
Hot Dog: Just like you airhead, been putting out
for too long.
Ripper a photo] This was me, I was only one year
Ripper: Already selling your twat, eh?
Nina: FUCK YOU!
demons in the theater]
Baby Pig: Shit! What the hell are these things?
Hot Dog: I dunno, Baby Pig. Why don't you ask
Ripper: Hey, I'm not wasting any more time
fighting these shit-heads. See you guys in hell!