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Tales From Crypt: Demon Knight [Import]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Billy Zane, William Sadler, John Kassir, Jada Pinkett Smith, Brenda Bakke
  • Directors: Ernest R. Dickerson
  • Writers: Cyrus Voris, Ethan Reiff, Mark Bishop
  • Producers: A L Katz, Alexander B. Collett, Dan Cracchiolo, David Giler
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305077649
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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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I was a big fan of the Tales from the Crypt TV show. Thus, I am a big fan of this movie. It feels a lot like one of the Creepshow movies but has enough gore, humor and OTT carnage to make it stand on it's own as well as being a big screen spin-off.
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.
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Ernest Dickerson (Bones) directed this first feature length film based on HBO's Tales From the Crypt series. Demon Knight is a wildly funny, obscenely violent, and downright fun horror film that went virtually ignored by audiences and critics upon it's release, but the film stands today as a truly underrated horror film. When a mysterious stranger named Braker (William Sadler) comes upon a rundown motel in search of sanctuary, he and the other occupants fight for their lives when a demon-esque collector (Billy Zane) and his hordes come calling. Everything about Demon Knight is top notch: from the eye popping (literally) action and gore to various genre in-jokes to the superb performances (Zane and Sadler are terrific), Demon Knight is a true horror gem. The rest of the great cast includes Jada Pinkett, CCH Pounder, Thomas Haden Church, and B-movie favorite Dick Miller. The newly re-issued DVD is another one of Universal's recent re-released horror DVD's that is extra-less, and at least a commentary or documentary would have been a welcome feature.
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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.
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Tales From The Crypt:Demon Knight. Well, it's about the beginning of time...the world was in darkness until God said "Let there be light" then according to the movie the demons that were living in the darkness were scattered as well as 7 keys that once brought back together could bring the darkness back for the demons to once again roam the Earth. Fast forward a couple million years and here you have the demons with 6 of the 7 keys the final belonging to William Sadler's character who has been chased by the demons for the final key which contains the blood of the most holy one and those that held the key after. The blood protects the key and any drop used repels the demons...he finds himself chased to a motel where he eventually gets surrounded by the demons and must fight them off and then the action begins. Billy Zane plays an excellent lead demon while Jada Pinkett shines as the predecessor to William Sadler. It is a pretty good horror flick. Jada shows her usualy moxy and the film gives you want you want and expect...plenty of gore, blood & a time or 2 to jump from your seat a little.
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