"Demon" by Marcin Wrona is released theatrically in the United States from September 9, 2016. Distribution is handled by The Orchard. Even before the official premiere in US "Demon" received rave reviews:
Simon Abrams, Roger Ebert.com, says:
"Demon" is a smart, atmospheric Polish horror film about a wedding that gets interrupted after the groom becomes possessed by a Jewish "dybbuk" (a cross between a vampire and a ghost), is a paradoxically heavy movie with a deceptively light tone. While many contemporary horror films use jump scares and gore to shock viewers out of complacency, "Demon" makes horror touchstones, like a disembodied child's hand emerging from under the bed, seem relatively normal."
Kimber Myers, IndieWire, says:
"Demon" is stuck in the netherworld between a moody horror film, a relationship drama and a comedy of manners. This is a challenge both for those trying to market the film, as well as viewers trying to get their bearings. The film does each well in the time that it devotes to each genre, but the movement between them means it never fully resides in a single state. The horror elements around the dybbuk are unsettling (though never truly terrifying), and the discordant tones of the score from Marcin Macuk and Krzysztof Penderecki contribute to that feeling. When “Demon” stays closest to its horror and drama elements, it has echoes of Wrona’s countryman Roman Polanski’s early work in films like “Repulsion” and “The Tenant.” However, billing the film as straight-out horror could also be misleading as well."
Justing Chang, Los Angeles Times, says:
"Compared with some of the more memorably disastrous movie weddings of European art-house vintage — Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Celebration” and Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” come to mind — “Demon” seems fairly tame genre stuff, its steadily rising tension leavened by occasional jump scares and abundant reserves of dry humor. [...]A few journalists have suggested parallels between Piotr’s on-screen anguish and the private suffering of the director, Wrona, who died last year while “Demon” was first making the international festival rounds. Perhaps it’s best to appreciate “Demon” not for what it implies but for what it simply and unmistakably is: A bravura testament to a talent silenced far too soon."