Demons, The (Blu-ray)
In the wake of the massive controversy surrounding Ken Russell's The Devils, several filmmakers rushed to create their own Inquisition horror films, inspired by the true story of satanic possession at the convent of Loudun. THE DEMONS (Les démons) is Jess Franco's stellar entry in the nunsploitation canon, with a degree of sadism and sexual explicitness that overshadows its competitors.
While being burned at the stake, an accused witch curses the principal witchfinder and his minions. As a result, members of royalty and the religious establishment are caused to suffer (or, some might say, enjoy) a series of human depravities. Franco photographs the scenes of torture, sex, and demon possession with a sense of tenderness that is both aesthetically pleasing and deeply unsettling.
Previously unreleased on video in the U.S., this Redemption edition represents the complete, uncensored version of the film.
Director: Jess Franco
Cast: Anne Libert, Britt Nichols [Carmen Yazalde], Doris Thomas, Karin Field, John Foster, Louis Barboo, Howard Vernon, Alberto Dalbes, Victor Feldmann. Jesús Franco.
- Newly mastered in HD from the original 35mm elements
- In French and German with optional English subtitles
- Interview with Jess Franco by David Gregory (16 min.)
- Six minutes of deleted footage
- Two theatrical trailers
- Trailers of other Franco films
BBFC Rating: 18
System: 1080p High Definition
Region: Region A
Language: French, German