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Demon Divas and the Lanes of Damnation

Demon Divas and the Lanes of Damnation. Reviewed By Brian Kirst

For those who long for the days of the VHS revolution when Scream Queens like Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer and Linnea Quigley ruled the roost, then director and writer Mike Watt has done you a tremendous favor with his fun and frisky tribute, Demon Divas and the Lanes of Damnation.

Like a madcap combination of 1987s Nightmare Sisters and 1988s Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama, Demon Divas concerns the plight of two college misfits, Lisa and Taffy. Even when working for a handful of witchy women at the local hotspot, the bowling alley Coventry Lanes, they still find their lives disrupted quite stickily by the local troupe of evil and controlling sorority sisters. But after asking for their seductive employers magical assistance, little do Lisa and Taffy know how soon their skin will show and how swiftly the blood will flow!

Of course, one of the primary treats of this charmingly goofy event is the inclusion of many of grue cinema’s current low budget, feminine horror icons, including Brinke Stevens (who played the Lisa and Taffy equivalents in the afore mentioned Nightmare Sisters and Sorority Babes), Debbie Rochon, Amy Lynn Best, Lilith Stabs and Robyn Griggs, all appearing as the seemingly innocent, ultimate flesh chewing witches whom own the bowling alley where the primary action occurs. Most impressively, Sofiya Smirnova, whom has effectively appeared as a variety of vamps in previous Happy Cloud productions, proves her acting mettle here by playing the daffy, slightly confused Taffy with sweet heart and soul. Nikki McCrea also nails the frustration and bubbling sexuality of Lisa while Stephanie Bertoni excels as the Ilsa of all sorority chicks, Rochelle.

Adding some spunk to the sassy dialogue, quick pacing, and occasional intestinal grue shot, are Tara Cooper and Tabitha Carrick as Rochelle’s silly minions and, for the women and gay men in the audience, Michael Barton adds some charm and chest as the hollow Cal.