Demons 3 (1991)

Hitcher In the DarkNightmare Beach.The Man from Deep River. Eaten Alive! Cannibal Ferox. Ghosthouse. Iron Master. And throw in even more — EyeballSpasmo, OrgasmoSo Sweet…So Perverse and A Quiet Place to Kill. Man, I love Umberto Lenzi and his films. I didn’t even mention his crime films!

Originally known as Black Demons, this was Lenzi’s last horror movie. In interviews, he’d claim it as one of his favorite films, but felt it was ruined by the lack of budget and acting.

Three American college students, Dick (Joe Balogh, Hitcher In the Dark), his sister Jessica and her South African boyfriend Kevin (Keith Van Hoven, The House of Clocks) are on vacation in Brazil when Dick attends a voodoo ceremony and suddenly gains frightening new powers.

Those powers manifest themselves when they end up in a plantation outside of Rio and Dick mistakingly raises six slaves from the dead as zombies, who start killing everyone in sight, including doing some Fulci-esque eyeball damage.

Lenzi intended Demoni 3 to be called Black Demons, and he did not like it when the film was later retitled to make it seem like it was part of Lamberto Bava’s Demons series. To make matters even more confusing, Bava directed a 1988 made-for-TV movie called The Ogre that was released in the U.S. as Demons III: The Ogre. And to top all of that off, Michele Soavi’s film The Church was originally going to be Demons 3.

Sound confusing? Let Joe Bob Briggs clear it up for you.

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