Demon of Paradise

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Demon of Paradise
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCirio H. Santiago
Produced byCirio H. Santiago
Rodman Flender
Leonard Hermes
Matt Leipzig
Written byFrederick Bailey
C.J. Santiago
StarringKathryn Witt
William Steis
Laura Banks
Nick Nicholson
Music byDing Achacoso
CinematographyRicardo Remias
Edited byGervacio Santos
Distributed byConcorde-New Horizons
Shout Factory (DVD)
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

Demon of Paradise is a 1987 horror film shot in the Philippines and directed by Cirio H. Santiago.[citation needed] It is a partial remake of Up from the Depths which, along with many monster movies of the 1970s and 1980s, is very similar to Jaws.[citation needed]


The film is set in Hawaii and features fire-twirling women who participate in rituals to appease the awakened monster. The hunters become the prey when illegal dynamite fishing prematurely ends the hibernation of a mythological carnivorous lizard-man known as Akua which lives in the lake. The owner of the local resort, whose patrons have become the appetizers on this predator's menu, and a woman herpetologist join forces with the sheriff to save the tourists from succumbing to the feasting of the beast.


  • Kathryn Witt as Annie
  • William Steis as Keefer
  • Laura Banks as Cahill
  • Frederick Bailey as Ike
  • Leslie Scarborough as Gabby
  • Henry Strzalkowski as Shelton
  • Nick Nicholson as Langley
  • Liza Baumann as Luisa
  • David Light as Snake


The film was released on VHS by Warner Home Video in the 1990s.[citation needed] It was later released on DVD and Blu-ray by Shout! Factory in 2011 as a double feature alongside the similar Up From the Depths.[1]


Paul Ryan from Digital Retribution, who had previously given the film's predecessor Up from the Depths a negative review, gave this film a more positive review stating, "Better made and directed than its predecessor, Demon of Paradise is, while entirely unmemorable, at least easier to sit through."[2]


  1. ^ "Demon of Paradise (1987) - Cirio Santiago". AllMovie. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  2. ^ Ryan, Paul. "Up From the Depths/Demon of Paradise DVD Review". Digital Paul Ryan. Retrieved 7 January 2016.

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