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A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector.
A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector.
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Just plain awesome. One of the last great studio horror pictures before Craven's Scream and its clones sucked the air out of the room. Ernest Dickerson deftly converts pulpy gloom page-flips of its EC Comics inspiration to celluloid, despite lacking the usual moral twist, as both principle and supporting cast have a blast. Especially an ultra-game Billy Zane ready to swallow the camera in sheer devilish exuberance.
The story's unexpected historical implications dating to the Crucifixion seems a refreshing relic that contemporary horror rarely treads now (unless it's some stuffy possession thing). This adds weight to William Sadler's weary Brayker and a bridge for Jada Pinkett's Jeryline to credibly develop. Dick Miller's Uncle Willie is arguably his best character work;…
A lean, mean, EC comics meets Evil Dead II siege narrative mashup loaded with amazing effects practical effects, a banger of a soundtrack, and a perfect cast of character actors doing some of their best work—a mid decade masterpiece filled with oozing green goo, faces punched in, the perfect cartoonish blend of action/humor, and demon Zane minions with electric eyes.
In short, this movie has everything I love in it—the perfect combination of over the top genre magic n mayhem which is fitting since one of my gateways to horror was in fact Tales from the Crypt the series. I could go on and on about how I love the cryptkeeper bookends, how this feels so cinematic despite its tv show…
Hollywood did Ernest Dickerson dirty, because anyone who directed a film like Demon Knight should be given blank checks for the rest of their life. Just a fact. What a stupendous gonzo-horror achievement. Bursting with goofy mythology, stunning creature design, and a stacked character-actor resume - this 90s Universal production is a blue-tinged nightmare of wit and siege conventions, and it's carried by Billy Zane and his smile.
I started this on Tuesday and then the internet started acting drunk so I gave up and went to bed and didn’t have a chance to finish it until tonight, but I have seen this so many times it didn’t ruin anything for me. People just love to slam the 90’s when it comes to horror movies and they really need to GTFO with that hateful untruthiness because movies like this one completely void that argument. Damn this is fun!
It’s basically a full-length Tales from the Crypt episode with the beginning and end bookended by the Crypt Keeper spitting out THE BEST bad jokes and how anybody could not love that is beyond me. The whole story takes place almost…
As lifelong movie fans, we can essentially create a timeline placing the films that were important to us at specific ages and Demon Knight would be clearly marked under year 12. I was finally over my fear of the Cryptkeeper, he was now an endearing reminder of what used to scare me as a kid.
While I had a few favorite films around this time, what really cemented Demon Knight in my memory was its influence over other aspects of my life, not long after seeing it, I had taken in a stray cat who I named "Cleo" (after Jada Pinkett Smith's cat) and I would spend years with the soundtrack, playing Gravediggaz's "1-800-Suicide" so many times the track skipped…
Commentary by Ernest Dickerson.
Funny, informative, reflective and will definitely make you appreciate DK even more. Dickerson is a hero. This studio-level DEAD ALIVE is almost too good to be a TALES movie. The FX are stellar, everyone’s having a blast.
This movie is such a blast. I have this good friend of mine, and growing up when I would go over to his house and we would occasionally watch an episode or two of Tales from the Crypt, as I believe he owned the entire box set of them. And maybe it was just him showing me the best of's, but I found myself really enjoying them on average. So I was really pumped to see one of the full features they made, and Demon Knight was even better than expected.
It's so brilliantly cheesy and over the top. It's goofy and self aware and everyone feels like a caricature in the most loving way. The film is bizarre but…
Near the very beginning we hear Filter's a very underrated band IMO, Hey Man Nice Shot. This sets up the 90s vibe and Demon Night like Filter is very underrated. William Sadler was great as the lead. I wish he had more roles like this. The true star of the film is Billy Zane. Damn, he was hilarious and you could tell he was having a blast. He was a one man comic riot. You had to enjoy his bar side chat with Uncle Willy. Or at least what was around them. Even Jada gets to set it off in this one. Fun campy crazy horror that should be watched by all horror enthusiasts. Oh yeah, the Crypt guy is the shit.
One long epic Tales From the Crypt episode with much more action, gore and mayhem! I hadn't seen this in a long time and I was happy to see that it holds up pretty well.
From the opening scene where Hey Man Nice Shot by Filter starts to play it's evident that this is one 90s monster. Then Billy Zane busts onto the screen in his silly cowboy getup and it becomes even more 90s! A wild ride of bloodshed, awesome Demon designs, creepy location, and a solid cast. Not to mention all the green smoke machines and green electricity effects! Love it.
The Demons could be Pumpkinheads cousins given how they look similar. Mostly in the legs. Strong Pumpkinhead…
Yo I'm psyched about Sam Raimi working on a new horror movie and all, but when is Ernest Dickerson breaking out of movie jail? Copy paste for Billy Zane please.
Arguably a better pure EVIL DEAD movie than ARMY OF DARKNESS (and I really love ARMY OF DARKNESS).
Great looking monsters terrorize the screen in this feature length Tales From the Crypt movie.
It's an enormously fun battle of good (William Sadler) vs evil (Billy Zane) in a film that homages Romero's Night of the Living Dead, featuring loads of gore and gratuitous violence as Zane and his demon horde lay siege to a church while Sadler tries to protect those within.
ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 1995
My companion and I walked out of this film after 50 minutes. The first of a planned trilogy of TALES OF THE CRYPT features films had nothing to offer us-- no style, no smarts, and certainly no scares. Forget the seemingly foolproof premise and a good B-movie cast, this is one CRYPT that should've stayed shut.
Grade: W/O (Walked Out)
Remember Legion? Not the FX show, the shitpile 2010 movie where angels shoot at each other because a woman is expecting the Chosen One and Dennis Quaid looks like he just wants money for a Fiji getaway? This is the AWESOME version of that. Barely anything to do with the show outside of the Cryptkeeper, but the cast, script, and Ernie Dickerson make it too cool for film school. Billy Zane needs to be in movies again.
i’m sorry but i would most definitely be letting mr. demon into that motel !! billy zane is the hottest motherfucker on the planet and as such i’d let him possess me ANY knight
Les scènes avec Billy Zane sont extraordinaires! Un film curieusement sous-estimé.
Tan increíble como una película serie B puede ser. ¿Por qué ya no se hacen películas así? Es divertida, súper entretenida y llena de momentos súper aterradores.
As cool as a B movie can be. Why Does Hollywood stopped doing movies like this? It’s funny, super entertaining and filled with horrifying moments.
justice for billy zane
Jada Pinkett Smith Vs. Ghouls...
funny little green ghouls...
Little green ghouls buddy!
Also, i loved this movie.
It's the new Shaun of the Dead.
Ernest Dickerson doing a fake Carpenter movie is perfect and beautiful
I don't know about you guys but Billy Zane just looks evil to me at all times
Love the demons and all the practical fx in this, it does drag a little bit, mainly due to the constraints of setting it predominantly in a big house but its still good fun
So many memorable moments, Jada Pinket shines in the final act of this movie and Billy Zane is as devilishly handsome as he is funny. Wish I’d have seen it sooner!
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