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Demonoid, Messenger of Death

Comparison:

  • Euro Version (Macabra)
  • US Version (Demonoid)
Release: Apr 20, 2021 - Author: Eiskaltes Grab - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB

Comparison between the European Macabra version and the US Demonoid version.

The differences:

  • 94 cuts in the US version = 10 minutes and 33 seconds.
  • 22 scenes with alternate footage = EU version: +1 minute and 58 seconds / US version: +39 seconds.
  • 2 scenes of violence with harder alternative footage in the US version = EU version: +51 seconds / US version: +47 seconds.
  • Additional opening scene in US version = +2 minutes and 24 seconds.
  • Alternate ending = EU version: +3 seconds / US version: +4 seconds.
  • Different music in both versions.

A couple exploring a mine comes across a hidden chamber where satanic rituals were performed long ago. They find a strange casket there, which they take into their possession, which later turns out to be a fatal mistake. This is because the casket contains a demonic hand that is now freed and takes possession of its victims, ultimately killing the person who stole the casket from the chamber.

Two versions exist of this Mexican horror contribution from the early 80s, but in comparison they differ only by a few relevant differences. The US version, which is also known as the Demonoid version, definitely has the most interesting additions to show here. First of all, there is a new opening sequence that explains the background story about the demonic hand. You learn that the hand once belonged to a young woman who was sacrificed by a Satanic cult. Her demonic and murderous hand was cut off and then locked in a casket. Another relevant difference from the Euro version are the alternate death scenes. Although there are only a few murders in the film and they are rather restrained in the degree of brutality, they have nevertheless inserted harder material in two death scenes in the US version. There is also an alternate ending that shows the demise of the main actress as well as other soundtracks.

The Euro version has just under 100 plot additions compared to the US version. This sounds spectacular, but you have to keep in mind that most of the plot extensions are not longer than two seconds, which makes this seem irrelevant again. In the meantime, both cut versions have been released in Germany by the label X-Cess on DVD and Blu-ray in different mediabooks.

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The US version, unlike the EU version, got a new opening scene: In an underground vault, a woman is seen kneeling on the floor. She is holding a casket in her hands. When she hears noises nearby, she hides the casket and flees. A couple of cult members show up and discover the casket, but it is without contents. They immediately rush after the woman. She continues to wander through the catacombs, but doesn't get far, because several cult members catch up with her and attack her. A fight ensues, in which the woman is able to overpower the men for the time being thanks to her strong demon hand. In the end, she loses the fight and is tied up with both arms. One of the cult members then takes an axe, approaches the woman and cuts off her demonic hand. The woman screams and looks down at her bloody arm stump. Meanwhile, the severed hand dangles around on the chain for a while, but it suddenly makes its own way and crawls along the ground. One of the men impales the hand with a knife and locks it back in the casket.
144 sec



2 min
The titles differ in the two versions.
No time difference.

EU versionUS version



4 min
The shot of Jennifer looking down on the city from above is minimally longer here.
1 sec



4 min
Rivkin adds that 6 months is a long time.
2 sec



4 min
More dialogue between Jennifer and Rivkin.
24 sec



5 min
A couple of workers look at Jennifer.
1 sec



5 min
Jennifer gets out of the car and walks to the reception of the mine. The workers whistle after her. When Jennifer arrives at the reception, she says to the man that she wants to see her husband Mark. She is then handed a helmet and a flashlight. Rivkin steps in and says to her that it is a bit too dangerous to enter a mine as a woman. Jennifer takes it with humor.
37 sec



5 min
Jennifer takes a few more steps through the mine.
1.5 sec



5 min
She takes another quick look around.
5 sec



5 min
Mark and the other workers are running towards the screaming Jennifer after a skeleton fell towards her earlier.
1 sec



6 min
Workers search the bag of bony remains.
10 sec



6 min
Shortened beginning of a shot of Mark and Jennifer.
1 sec



6 min
Longer shot of the workers looking at the bag of silver, which was by the body.
1 sec



6 min
Rivkin blames Jennifer for having to enter the mine and now exposing something that shouldn't have happened.
8 sec



6 min
The workers turn around and continue walking.
2 sec



6 min
Rivkin looks at the skeleton.
2 sec



6 min
Mark and Jennifer look at the mummies on display for a moment longer.
1 sec



7 min
When Jennifer sees the bodies in the display window missing their right hand and wonders about it, Rivkin then mentions the devil's hand.
3 sec



7 min
Longer shot of Jennifer.
0.5 sec

7 min
Longer shot of Rivkin and Mark.
0.5 sec

7 min
The US version is missing the entire scene where Mark, Jennifer and Rivkin walk through the cemetery and talk a bit.
48 sec



7 min
First a landscape shot, then Jennifer is seen driving around in the car for a longer time. In the Demonoid version, the camera zooms away from the church instead.
No time difference.

EU versionUS version



8 min
Longer shot of Rivkin.
1 sec

8 Min
Jennifer and Mark run out of frame.
2 sec

10 Min
Jennifer mentions that they discovered a torture chamber down there.
2 sec



10 Min
The skull lands on top of Jennifer.
1.5 sec



11 Min
Mark says to Jennifer that they should check downstairs.
1 sec



11 Min
Jennifer screams longer after Mark sinks into quicksand.
2 sec



11 min
Jennifer's shot was shortened at the end.
2 sec



11 min
Jennifer rejoices after Mark gives a sign of life.
6 sec



11 min
Shortened shot of Mark.
0.5 sec
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