There are two types of independent horror films, and this is how it has always been. On one hand you have filmmakers like Roger Corman and his modern-day imitators, making films which blatantly rip off a more successful mainstream film in hopes of stealing a little of the residual glory. The other types are made by the more daring filmmakers who use the freedom of independence cinema to make a film which might not have been made in mainstream cinema. Unfortunately, The Demented is one of the first type of low budget horror films, and even more disappointing is how late it is to the party.
To say that all of The Demented has been done in other films better is an understatement, as the market has been flooded with these type of infection-based horror since 9/11. In yet another quarantined biohazard horror, a group of college friends escape for a weekend getaway at an estate in a
bayou when a missile attack disrupts their peace. Suddenly all of the people in
the surrounding areas act rabid and are contagious, in another zombie-like
There are moments in the film which are well shot, and even a few sequences of suspense that almost make it worth enduring the standard bad dialogue and over-acting. All the rest won’t have to look far in the horror genre to find something similar. The Blu-ray release includes a high definition presentation of this low expectation horror film.
Entertainment Value: 3/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 4/10
Historical Significance: 1/10
Disc Features: 1/10