Tales From Crypt: Demon Knight [Import]
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The Crypt Keeper, one of the hardest-working stiffs in show biz, makes his big-scream debut hosting this diabolically funny frightmare that will leave you shrieking for more. Billy Zane is the seductively evil Collector, forever in pursuit of Brayker (William Sadler), a mysterious drifter with an ancient key that holds the power to block the forces of darkness from destroying himanity. In his quest for the key, the Collector conjures up a gruesome cadre of cadavers--who have definitely been out of the freezer too long--to bedevil the inhabitants of a run-down hotel. Armed with sacred blood, automatic weapons and really strong stomachs, Brayker, beautiful, strong-willed Jeryline (Jada Pinkett) and the other hotel boarders must try to defeat the Collector and his fiendish army. Who among them will make it to the mourning light? Watch your backs, boils, ghouls, while you savor this terrorific tale of good vs. evil that boasts awesome special effects, plus the Crypt Keeper's brand of defrightful deadpan humor. You'll die laughing!
Director Ernest Dickerson injects a hearty dose of dark humor in this stylish comic-book horror tale. Based on the campy cable horror series (which was inspired by the 1950s E.C. comic book series of the same name), this tight, modestly budgeted little thriller stars William Sadler as an intense stranger who arrives at a run-down boarding house in flight from the Collector (a cocky, droll Billy Zane). The Collector is after an item in the stranger's possession, which turns out to be a holy relic, and when his efforts end in failure he explodes in a demonic fury that reveals his evil origins, laying siege to the house with an army of zombies and infiltrating the minds of each the boarders with insidious fantasies. It's a seedy Grand Hotel by way of The Exorcist, cooked up with plenty of gore and a smattering of sex, and served with dry wit. Dickerson effectively balances the horror and the humor, maintaining a surprising intensity and an unforced mythic dimension within lurid B-movie conventions. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Brayker (William Sadler) is a drifter who stumbles upon a lonely desert town after an explosive confrontation with The Collector (Billy Zane), a supremely evil being with Satanical powers who is desperate to get his hands on Brayker's mysterious talisman. Brayker spends the night in a shabby motel but The Collector soon turns up and unleashes hell upon the motel and it's inhabitants.
This is where the fun really kicks in. The Collector has fun enticing the residents (made up of Dick Miller, Charles Fleisher, Thomas Haden Church, Brenda Bakke, Jada Pinkett-Smith and CCH Pounder) to join him on his dark quest and steal the talisman from Brayker.
Director Ernest Dickerson (who also did Surviving the Game) does not hold back on the gore as he spoofs 1950's B-movies, honor's the TV show and pays brilliant homage to the Tales From The Crypt comic book legacy. It may seem like a cheap, horror comedy with no artistic integrity but Dickerson successfully pulls of a movie that will satisfy and entertain anyone who watches it.
Of course half of the movie's appeal lies with Billy Zane who acts out the role of The Collector with such wicked charm and delightful evil. You can tell he's having a great time and he makes a formidable villain for Sadler's dishevelled hero.
They should make more Tales From The Crypt movies, but producer's Robert Zemeckis, Gilbert Adler and Joel Silver (Walter Hill and David Giler ducked out) went on to found Dark Castle, the production company behind House on Haunted Hill, Thir13en Ghosts and Ghost Ship.Read more ›
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.
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wow.this movie started out better than i expected,and then went
downhill quickly.the makeup effects in this woofer were pretty
pathetic,intentionally,i think. Read more
Demon Knight is a blast which is a lot to say for a film that seems to be made on a sixty dollar budget. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by nina
Very interesting movie. Some scenes are a bit disgusting. Nevertheless the connection of the story line with the crucifixion of Jesu-Christ is quite interesting. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by The Seeker
I'm a horror movie buff, and like a movie to make me jump during the scarey scenes not make me laugh. This movie did just that. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by S. M. Anderson
Any fan of the series can appreciate this movie. This isn't just a 90 minute episode though, a lot of thought went into the plot. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Dan Belmont
Since Halloween is only 3 weeks away, I decided that now is the time for me to review this 1995 horror flick. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by Pamela Scarangello
i seen this when it first came out at the movies and still to this day i think it is a great movie.Its a shame the tales from the crypt people had to screw up what was going to be... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2003