Night of the Demon Retrospective – Delays, Death Threats and Jason Voorhees

Well, folks ... I made up my mind some time ago that Mr. James Coker won our weird retrospective contest. His unbridled enthusiasm – as evidenced by good usage of caps lock and exclamation points – charmed me in a way too profound to deny him an in-depth look back at Night of the Demon, an ugly and gruesome Bigfoot flick from 1980.

So why aren’t you reading the retrospective instead of this gibberish? Because only one fucking video store in the city has only one fucking copy – and it’s been checked out. For forever. To make matters worse, one of the employees let it slip that another of the store’s employees is the culprit.

This place refuses to take my name and phone number to call me when the tape finally returns, making it necessary for me to call every day and harass the help. What’s really starting to burn me is this: how many times have I called and actually spoken to the bastard who is harboring the tape? Does he just pretend to check the computer then give me the inevitable ”Uh….nnnnnnnno, that one ain’t come back yet.” routine? It’s making me rabies-crazy, and I’m considering nailing a pig’s heart to the store’s front door with a note written in blood simply saying “I’ll be taking the Demon NOW, please.”

Savvy readers may realize that Night of the Demon is, in fact, available almost in totality on YouTube. NO. We need an unhindered version of this flick for an honest review, and a few chunks of nudity and murder are removed from the YouTube cut. Unacceptable.

So. Here I sit, broken-hearted. Called the video store, they only farted.

In the meantime, while I decide whether or not just to get on Amazon and buy the damn thing once and for all (which I should’ve done in the first place), here’s something weird to accompany this angry note/excuse:

What the Hell Happened to Jason Between Friday the 13th Part 2 and Part 3?

I’ve written about Jason’s outrageous shift in appearance in Friday 3 before, due to an unhealthy obsession with the film. My curiosity cannot be quelled. Let’s roll back the clock:

At the end of Friday 2 , Jason has a half-beard and half a head of long, dirty locks. And his left arm is barely hanging onto his body, thanks a machete blow through the collarbone and into the pectoral muscle. See?

Night of the Demon Retrospective – Delays, Death Threats and Jason Voorhees

Begin Friday 3. After a flashback, we see Jason pulling the machete out and getting to his feet. The next time we see him, he’s looming around a small grocery store. He is now bald, clean-shaven, and has changed his clothes. This sort of makes sense, but in Friday 3 terms, it’s rather strange.

There’s a clothesline hanging ‘round back of the store, filled with clean duds wafting in the night’s breeze. This is probably where Jason got the new threads. The grocery store seems reasonably well-stocked, so it’s likely they sell some sort of razor blades. In fact, there’s such a weird array of goods in the shop, I’d venture to guess there may also be some fishing line on sale for the tourists to snap up on their way to Crystal Lake.

So let’s get this straight: Jason locates the store, steals some clothes, breaks in the back door, locates some razors, shaves his face and his head, then uses the fishing line to stitch his gaping machete wound up. He’s now good to go, and immediately whacks the husband and wife store owners before making his way to the Higgins Haven barn for a rest. Jason’s mug during Friday 3’s finale:

Night of the Demon Retrospective – Delays, Death Threats and Jason Voorhees

That’s a close shave, buddy – a beautiful job over such rocky terrain. And that arm seems to have healed just fine, perhaps thanks to some powerful ointment Jason also lifted from the shop.

This is what Friday 3’s filmmakers would have us put together. Special thanks to director Steve Miner for never truly explaining the logic behind this extraordinary set of events, either in print or on a DVD commentary. At this point, I don’t want to spoil the thrill of considering how resourceful Jason truly was back then. People say the new “Rambo” Jason showcased in the remake was too resourceful. I respectfully beg to differ.

Hang in there for the Night of the Demon retrospective, my friends. I promise it’s coming – as soon as possible. And congratulations again to Mr. James Coker for winning the contest – I’ve already begun putting a special package together to send you, James, and I hope you’re ready for it.

Yours --

- Chris Haberman

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James Coker's picture

hey Chris Haberman, tell me your Email address and I'll send you a message with my mailing address, Again thanks for choosing Night of the Demon, Can't Wait for the retrospec and the mystery package
P.S. I have another Little-known underrated horror film from the 90's to suggest that REALLY needs a retrospec

Submitted by James Coker on Sun, 05/09/2010 - 5:29pm.

Hey dude - did ya get my message?

Submitted by Chris Haberman on Mon, 05/10/2010 - 7:09pm.

Just to give you a heads up on a way to see the movie. I know it's almost impossible to find a hard copy of the movie, but it's on Pirate Bay right now with a few seeders. Took me a few hours to download, but it was worth it. The quality is the same as an old VHS, which I actually prefer to most old movies getting pristine new transfers on DVD, and better yet this movie is just so freaking bad it's awesome. Most gratuitous use of elevator music of any movie I've ever seen. The finale is also something to behold as it's the only time you'll probably ever see Bigfoot literally swinging some dude's intestines around for no reason.

Submitted by AngryChairr on Sat, 05/08/2010 - 1:02pm.

Thanks! Fortunately, I just got my hands on this damn thing LAST NIGHT. Even got a confession from the video store employee who had had the thing for so long. Turned out to be a nice fellow, and now I feel like a bit of a heel for this heated article. "I looked that movie up in the computer," he told me. "Nobody had touched it since 2007. Then as soon as I take it home, here YOU come." Sad thing is, I'm pretty certain that I was the one who rented it in 2007, as I was in a big Bigfoot phase back then. Speaking of which, has anyone ever seen the 1987 Disney film "Bigfoot" with Candace Cameron? Took me a year to find a copy of that thing.

So. The retrospective should be up some time this week - and that finale will certainly be addressed. In the meantime, I need a Mr. James Coker to send me his mailing address so I can send this weird package to him. I'm tired of it stinking up my kitchen, MWAH HA.

Submitted by Chris Haberman on Sun, 05/09/2010 - 12:37pm.
vorodex999's picture

I laughed so hard at this article. My friends and I constantly have talks like this. Thank you for this take on Friday the 13th and I cannot wait for the Night of the Demon retro. COngrats on getting that movie talked about. How can we get you to talk about other random horror films like that?..

Submitted by vorodex999 on Wed, 05/05/2010 - 10:04pm.
James Coker's picture

to Vanvance1, when you try to capture bigfoot make sure not to take a piss near him
skip to 7:20 and watch from there on and you'll see what i mean

Submitted by James Coker on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 2:44am.
James Coker's picture

no Terminal I'm just happy that i won, and that Night of the demon is gonna get a retrospec...and that i'm mentioned in the article, thats all

Submitted by James Coker on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 2:38am.
Terminal's picture

James, just fucking with you. No seriously, congratulations.
"We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life."

Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 3:01am.
Vanvance1's picture

I would have won but EVERYONE ELSE CHEATS!

But I will have revenge! Once I know something about 'Night of the Demon' I will set a Bigfoot trap, catch him, brainwash him to do my bidding (Bigfoots can't resist twinkies) and set him loose upon you all!


Unless I get distracted by something shiny.

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 2:15am.
James Coker's picture

YESSS!!!! YESS!!! YESSS!!!! THANK YOU! SO MUCH Chris Haberman, I can't wait for the retrospec, I hope it will make other Dread Central Fans seek out this "amazing" ugly, Gruesome, Lost bigfoot film, again thanks soo much, and thanks for mentioning me in this, and you know I have a dvd-r copy of the film, I could mail it to you if you want, but again Thanks, AND TO TERMINAL,FLOYD,AND LIFEMI YOU GUYS HAVE TO SEEK OUT NIGHT OF THE DEMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by James Coker on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 2:07am.
Terminal's picture

Wow James, you're a very depressed moody individual. Lighten up.
"We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life."

Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 2:09am.
Terminal's picture

You guys should have an official blog like every other site to feature stuff like this that's not actually an article, but more a personal entry or something.

Wait--Night of the Demons from the 80's is on youtube, or the remake?
"We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life."

Submitted by Terminal on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 9:27pm.
moderator Night of the DEMON not
Steve Barton's picture

Night of the DEMON not DemonS. Totally different movie.

Submitted by Steve Barton on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 9:30pm.
Terminal's picture

Wait, wait, UC, Night of the Demon, Night of the Demons (1988), or DEMONS? I'm not being sarcastic, I'm just royally fucking confused right now.
"We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life."

Submitted by Terminal on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 9:34pm.
moderator How about you re-read the
Steve Barton's picture

How about you re-read the first paragraph! LOL

Submitted by Steve Barton on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 9:38pm.
Terminal's picture

*whimpers* My brain hurts!
"We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life."

Submitted by Terminal on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 9:41pm.

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