Directed by: Emmett Alston
Actors: George Kennedy, David Michael O’Neill, Pamela Gilbert
Also known as: O Demônio do Espaço, Endemoniados, Transmutation, Démonok birodalma
Bigfoot. Trivial Pursuit. George Kennedy with mismatched socks. Demonwarp, DO NOT FUCK THIS UP.
The challenge of crafting a perfect Bigfoot trash-gore film was more than met by Night Of The Demon. Mutilated Girl Scouts. Bigfoot rape. A Yeti ripping off a man’s cock. That is the secret to winning. In 1988, Vidmark Entertainment produced the direct-to-video Demonwarp and proclaimed, “You have no idea what winning is.” But, we kind of already did. For the first hour,
Demonwarp is pretty much Don’t Go In The Woods with a fake Bigfoot instead of a killer with beads hanging from his face. Plus way more boobs. It’s great. But then they fuck it up.
Big slob George Kennedy is enjoying a leisurely game of Trivial Pursuit when Bigfoot breaks in and kills his daughter. Then, a group of Bigfoot trackers (including Billy Jacoby aka Buddy from Just One Of The Guys) set up shop in the same cabin a few weeks later. For the next 30 minutes, there is all kinds of winning. Woods. Sex. Practical jokes. A sweet boombox. A Bigfoot with an Axl Rose wig peering through bushes, running, deactivating dynamite, and ripping people’s heads off. Michelle Bauer (Death Row Diner) roaming around naked. George Kennedy calling Bigfoot a “wooly bastard” and a “six foot fleabag.” There’s even a random photographer kill scene, just like Don’t Go In The Woods. Then, Bigfoot pulls a Bruce Banner and changes back into a scientist. Goddamn it.
During its final 35 minutes, Demonwarp goes from uncomplicated and fun to tedious and confusing. There are dimestore zombies, a wet alien puppet, spaceships, and a satanic sacrifice. Worst of all, the origins of Bigfoot are explained. Heresy! In trying to one-up previous Bigfoot films, Demonwarp piles on too many elements that don’t gel. As the plot gets more complicated and ridiculous, the good stuff is wiped clean rather than expanded.
Also: Billy Jacoby’s shameful Jack Nicholson shtick did nothing to get me through this movie.