Beware the… – Demon of Paradise (1987)

Over the years, there have been some ridiculous on-screen monsters and the so-called demon in Demon of Paradise is definitely one of the worst. Obviously, this was due to matters of budget for once it is fully seen towards the end of the picture, one cannot help but laugh or scoff or both.

That being said, the movie is not as terrible as the creature would look, there being a somewhat decent if clichéd story and it was perhaps that familiarity that would keep the audience watching as it meandered along. It was a tad too long with a bit of filler here and there and could have used a trim but on the whole, there were enough killings by the creature to keep it interesting even if one could not see the beast for the bulk of the film. Not seeing the monster was definitely in the movie’s best interest for multiple reasons, the aforementioned poor costume used as well as creating a bit of suspense and mystery along the way. There would be a little bit of an attempt at humour during a couple of bits that would fall flat and maybe out of desperation or simply because of the film being a horror movie, there was a minute or so of nudity, yet overall, even though the picture would try its best to entertain, it only ended up being amusing for the most part.

Perhaps worst of all and the saddest thing that could ever happen to a film in this genre was the fact that it was not scary or frightening in the slightest. It was fun and at times, laughable but at no time was there any horror to speak of and with their being a monster such as this – aquatic and mysterious and legendary and so forth, the story and script should have been built up better to give it more impact, not to mention a little better direction and perhaps a costume a little more worthy of what they were trying to go for.

When all is said and done, one could do worse than Demon of Paradise though the monster was an absolute fail. It had some of the right ingredients going for it which director Cirio H. Santiago somehow weaves together to make it somewhat compelling along with Laura Banks and Leslie Scarborough perhaps giving the best performances of the bunch but it could have been better, much like anything, and it would have been nice if it was.

2 out of 5

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