Okay, so here goes.
I present to you “The DEMONS Saga” in all of its convoluted glory!
I dare you to follow this:
DEMONS was produced by Dario Argento, director of the “Three Mothers Trilogy”. It was directed by Lamberto Bava, son of legendary horror director Mario Bava, director of THE MASK OF SATAN (aka BLACK SUNDAY). It also pretty much rocked.
It spawned a sequel, DEMONS II, directed by Bava and co-written by Argento, Bava, Dardano Sachetti, and Franco Ferrini. Those last two are mostly unknown to Americans but I’ll fill you in…
Dardano Sachetti wrote all of Lucio Fulci’s best “scripts”, except for Fulci’s THE BLACK CAT, which was a movie based on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat”, except that it had nothing to do with Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat”. However, he DID write the script for Argento’s THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS. That wasn’t one of Argento’s best movies, but he should be given credit for having written something to do with cats.
Most of Argento’s BEST movies were co-written by Franco Ferrini, including THE BLACK CAT (which was also based on Poe’s “The Black Cat” and actually had something, loosely, to do with Poe’s “The Black Cat”).
Did you follow that…? Good, you’re ready for more Italian horror.
DEMONS II has a short sequence that copies the last story from the made-for-television movie TRILOGY OF TERROR w/ Karen Black, but that has nothing to do with anything…one would think.
Bava and Argento were going to get together to make a trilogy, but Bava was too busy directing made-for-television movies (some of which are worth sharing later), including THE OGRE (aka BLACK DEMONS*), which I quite like. THE OGRE was released in some countries as DEMONS III, even though it had nothing to do with the first two movies. It turns out that really wouldn’t have been a problem because Argento recruited Michele Soavi to direct the real DEMONS III and it didn’t have anything to do with the first two movies either. In fact, it was released as THE CHURCH all over the world so as not to create a HALLOWEEN III style backlash.
Not to be outdone, Italian director Umberto Lenzi also directed a movie called BLACK DEMONS that was loosely based on the DEMONS story, but not billed as a sequel (unlike Lamberto Bava’s THE OGRE which, as previously mentioned, was also called BLACK DEMONS but WAS, falsely, billed as a sequel).
Soavi returned to direct DEMONS IV: THE SECT which, I believe, was always just called THE SECT to tie it in with THE CHURCH, even though it has nothing to do with THE CHURCH (other than being the sequel to THE CHURCH).
Apparently THE SECT is too obscure a word for English speakers, so THE SECT was released as THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER in England and the States. THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER, incidentally, is also the name of a pretty good made-for-television movie starring Shelly Winters (who has scarred at least as many children as Karen Black).
Lamberto Bava finally returned to the original mythology set forth in DEMONS and DEMONS II and directed DEMONS 5: THE DEVILS VEIL. This time he went alone without the input of Dario Argento and made a “personal” film. In fact, DEMONS 5 is a thinly veiled remake of a movie made by his father, THE MASK OF SATAN…so thinly veiled that it was released in Italy not as THE DEVILS’S VEIL, but as THE MASK OF SATAN.
Finally, in the same year that DEMONS 5: THE DEVIL’S VEIL was released, the director Luigi Cozzi made DEMONS 6: DE PROFUNDIS. Cozzi did this completely independently from Argento and Bava and Soavi and (surprise) the movie really has nothing to do with the other DEMONS films.
It was originally released in Italy as THE BLACK CAT and Edgar Allan Poe is given writing credits. Needless to say, Poe’s story is not in the least bit represented either. Instead, we have a movie that was made as the “unofficial” third in Dario Argento’s “Three Mothers Trilogy”, thus the subtitle “DE PROFUNDIS” (…those movies being about witches and Latin being all witchy and such).
I believe that Luigi Cozzi is currently making made-for-television movies.
* I’ve found out that THE OGRE was never officially released as BLACK DEMONS…merely bootlegged under that title back in the day. Apparently some folks confused the two films due to their both being billed as DEMONS III…
DEMONS 3: THE CHURCH
(click on the playlist and go widescreen for uninterrupted viewing…or make your own playlist for an Apple TV)
DEMONS 4: THE SECT
Unfortunately, there is no full English version of this one on the net. It’s a shame, because this is one of the best…
DEMONS 5: THE MASK OF SATAN
DEMONS 6: DE PROFUNDIS