The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: Demon Lover Diary

When: April 12, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.

  • PRE-SHOW: 7:30 p.m.
  • FEATURE: 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

DEMON LOVER DIARY (1980)
Dir. Joel Demott
Cast: Donald G. Jackson, Jerry Younkins, Jeff Kreines, Joel Demott & Ted Nugent
Runtime: 90 min
Country: USA
Format: Digital

Poster Artist: Jenn Woodall

“Demon Lover Diary is sort of like American Movie and The Blair Witch Project rolled into one; an amazing cinematic experience” – io9

"Hilarious and harrowing" - Film Comment

"Might be the most significant 'lost' movie of all time." - Bleeding Skull

In 1975, cinematographer Jeff Kreines was hired to lens a little horror movie called The Demon Lover (1977), and invited his partner Joel Demott to tag along and document the experience with her trusty 16mm camera.

They expected a difficult shoot, beset with trials typical of low-budget film production, but what they got was a gonzo descent into filmmaking hell.

Actors show up drunk (if at all) and frequently fail to remember their lines, costumes, props and sets are hastily assembled mere hours before the cameras roll, but the production's greatest liability lies with its dueling captains: first-time filmmakers Donald G. Jackson (who miraculously had a prolific career after this, and is best known for Hell Comes to Frogdown) and Jerry Younkins (who cut a finger off to fund the film and would subsequently author TWO books about knives).

Frequently at odds with each other, their crew, and especially Joel and Jeff as they navigate this deranged production, their only real consensus is in their desperate desire to simply finish the film... at any cost... even if it means arming themselves with rock star Ted Nugent's gun collection. It is a vérité celluloid nightmare of suspenseful incompetence.

While "the making-of" sub-genre is a boilerplate mode of documentary filmmaking (popularized by American Movie and hundreds of DVD extras), there's an undeniable singularity to the raw personal perspective of Demon Lover Diary.

Rarely screened, not commercially available anywhere, and akin to watching a car-crash in slow-motion through the eyes of a filmmaker who appears to legitimately fear for her life in the film's final moments, the Laser Blast Film Society is excited to premiere our first-ever documentary and hopes you join us for the ride.

The Laser Blast Film Society is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.