Demon Knight

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This first theatrical feature spun off from the television series Tales from the Crypt which was in turn inspired by the infamous EC horror comics of the 1950s concerns a mysterious man named Brayker Bill Sadler, who arrives at a church-turned-rooming house in a small town in New Mexico. Hot on his trail is an equally mysterious and very menacing figure known as the Collector Billy Zane, who arrives with policemen in tow; he claims that Brayker stole some keys from him, and he wants the cops to help him reclaim ...
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This first theatrical feature spun off from the television series Tales from the Crypt which was in turn inspired by the infamous EC horror comics of the 1950s concerns a mysterious man named Brayker Bill Sadler, who arrives at a church-turned-rooming house in a small town in New Mexico. Hot on his trail is an equally mysterious and very menacing figure known as the Collector Billy Zane, who arrives with policemen in tow; he claims that Brayker stole some keys from him, and he wants the cops to help him reclaim them. It turns out, however, that the "keys" are actually several amulets that contain drops of the blood of Christ; they can be used to ward off evil in the right hands, but they can lead the world to doom if used improperly. The Collector and his forces lay siege to the house with the other residents caught in the middle between Brayker and the Collector, including alcoholic Uncle Willy Dick Miller, prostitute Cordelia Brenda Bakke, sleazy Southerner Roach Thomas Haden Church, postal employee Wally Charles Fleischer, sensible Jeryline Jada Pinkett, and landlady Irene CCH Pounder. Bordello of Blood, the second Tales from the Crypt feature, hit theaters the following year.
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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
The tension runs high and the blood runs EC Comics red in Tales From The Crypt's first feature Demon Knight. Mixing scares, humor, down and dirty gore, and a nifty style thanks to director Ernest R. Dickerson, this film succeeds in all the places it should. William Sadler and Jada Pinkett lead a great bunch of character actors through each and every turn in this romp -- though it's Billy Zane who really owns this movie! His devilish grin ends up stealing every scene as the ultimate charming minion of the underworld. Zane brings it all to the table in this one, creating one of the funniest and most wicked villains seen in years. With exceptional Pumpkinhead-esque demon FX to back him up, and groan-inducing Crypt Keeper scenes bookending the film, Tales From The Crypt hits a home run on the fun scale with Demon Knight... it's just too bad they couldn't keep the momentum going with the next installment -- the sad, plodding, Dennis Miller wise-cracking dud Bordello Of Blood.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/1996
  • UPC: 096898232531
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Zane The Collector
Bill Sadler Brayker
Jada Pinkett Smith Jeryline
Brenda Bakke Cordelia
CCH Pounder Irene
Richard Miller Uncle Willy
Ken Baldwin Dickerson
Thomas Haden Church Roach
Tim de Zarn Homer
Gary Farmer Deputy Bob Martel
Charles Fleischer Wally Enfield
Graham Galloway Fred
Mecki Heussen
John Kassir Voice Only
John Larroquette Slasher (opening sequence) (uncredited)
Sherrie Rose Wanda
Tony Salome Sirach
John Schuck Sheriff Tupper
Dale Swann Bus Driver
Technical Credits
Gilbert Adler Director, Producer
Ernest R. Dickerson Director
Mark Bishop Screenwriter
Rick Bota Cinematographer
Jaki Brown-Karman Casting
Alexander B. Collett Associate Producer
Tim Cooney Musical Direction/Supervision
Sscott Coulter Special Effects
Dan Cracchiolo Associate Producer
Kelsee Devoreaux Stunts
Richard Donner Producer
Richard Edlund Producer
David Giler Executive Producer
Donna Lou Henderson Makeup
Walter Hill Executive Producer
Colin Irwin Art Director
A.L. Katz Producer
Alan Katz Co-producer
Trish Keating Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Lovejoy Editor
Todd Masters Makeup
Gregory Melton Production Designer
Warden Neil Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Nimerfro Co-producer
Scott Patton Special Effects Supervisor
Ethan Reiff Screenwriter
Henry Rollins Songwriter
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Joel Silver Executive Producer
George Toomer Set Decoration/Design
Cyrus Voris Screenwriter
Christian Wagener Production Designer
Wendy Wanderman Co-producer
Leigh A. Webb Asst. Director
Robert Zemeckis Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quite good

    If you've only seen the mediocre Bordello of Blood, seek out Demon Knight, the first and by far best of the two feature films released under the Tales From the Crypt banner. Demon Knight features a top-flight director in Ernest Dickerson, a tremendous ensemble cast, and a script that deftly mixes wise-cracking and bone-cracking. The two male leads are exceptionally well-cast. The always great William Sadler, a fine comedic actor in his own right, plays the doomed hero with the right mix of fatalism and resolve. His decades of experience fighting the forces of Hell show in his weary expression, but he still refuses to give in to despair or the temptations offered by the enemy. His devilish adversary is played by Billy Zane with exactly the right mix of the good ol' boy, the carnival huckster, and the purely evil. Zane is clearly having the time of his life in this movie, and his enthusiasm is infectious. In fact, the viewer gets the feeling that everyone involved in the production must of enjoyed themselves, from CCH Pounder, to Brenda Bakke, to horror-comedy staple Dick Miller. Invite some friends over and enjoy Demon Knight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    This one was better than Bordello of Blood. really cool story and effects.

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    Posted October 27, 2008

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