Attack of the Demons will immediately make a person think of South Park. There are not many adult animated movies set in Colorado, after all. It will not be long before anyone watching realizes this is something completely different, though just as fun.
Taking place in Colorado in 1994, the horror movie is set in a town getting ready for a Halloween music festival. A demonic cult also has insidious plans for the same event. They plan on unleashing a horde of demons intent on destroying mankind.
Any horror fan will immediately recognize the many homages in Attack of the Demons. There are nods to The Thing, Italian horror movies, and Stuart Gordon. The demons chant “Bava” and the setting is perfect for a slasher. The plot and dialogue are also very familiar. The movie is like putting on comfortable house shoes.
The characters are very down to earth. The first part of the film introduces the audience to its cast. They are a fun cast of heroes. The voice acting works well initially. They are a group of people having normal conversations. Oddly, this casual manner of speaking remains as things become bloodier. There is never the sense of urgency needed for the situation.
It is the aesthetics of Attack of the Demons that will put it over the top. Using paper and stop motion animation, there is an unexpected charm to what is definitely a horror film. There is a surprising amount of detail to found as things get very bloody. The look of the film works in concert with the story to draw audiences in.
It is rare to find a horror movie that manages to be lighthearted without being silly. Attack of the Demons manages to accomplish just that. The plot is as fun as it is familar. Mixed with great animation, the movie is a must see.