My Demon Lover was the motion picture that took the phrase “horny little devil” to its logical conclusion by having a cursed man transform into a crazed demonic monster whenever he became sexually aroused.
Scott Valentine had become something of a Tiger Beat heartthrob playing Justine Bateman’s goofy boyfriend on TV’s “Family Ties.” With Michael J. Fox already going Back to the Future, Hollywood decided to roll the dice and take a chance on turning him into a leading man by casting Valentine as the lead in a fantasy romantic comedy.
Unfortunately, that movie was the 1987 stinkbomb My Demon Lover.
How big a stinker was My Demon Lover? It pretty much killed Valentine’s big screen prospects. The director (Charlie Loventhal) wouldn’t helm another movie for seven years. The writer (Leslie Ray) went on to a healthy career in TV sitcom scripting, penning multiple episodes of “My Two Dads,” “Full House,” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” but pretty much nada at the multiplex.
Perhaps the most memorable aspect of My Demon Lover was the title song, “Let Go” by the band Intimate Strangers, and even that wasn’t penned specifically for the film. The song was previously heard in Night of the Creeps, so this B-Sides is something of a double dip.
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