Since I love horror films so much, I was skeptical when watching this at first. Because what can you expect from a popular tv series? I mean, what else can this show do except show blood and gore, silly unbelievable stories and then the crypt keeper making an appearance?
It has all that, of course. And more.
....Wow, what a shocker...the story is just great, and I was into it the whole time. The acting is classic, and you know that everyone put their whole selves into these roles because they were so much fun to do! I loved the appearances by Dick Miller, Jada Pinkett, William Sadler and Brenda Bakke. Talk about a mixture of people, all acting together. Those are always great ones to watch, when the dialogue is so much fun to hear.
I'm very surprised and thankful, that they used a story which no one has really done well before. Demons taking over mankind, posession, bodies being torn apart, stories of the end of the world, etc. Most of those type of films are so campy and boring. With a great script and well thought out production design, this film is more of a drama in some ways because it's not ALL BLOOD AND GORE. It's real people in an unbelievable situation.
The best thing about this film is Billy Zane. He takes advantage of his sarcastic and twisted humor, and completely hamms it up. Every time he enters a scene with these people, he's scary and hilarious at the same time. And definately in a role that he could play at no end: the lovable and convincing Lord of Darkness...the devil himself.
From beginning to end, the film was a lot of fun without having to depend on the use of gore and violence. I had to buy it, only because I love it when a good story with good actors makes me laugh.