Demon Knight (1995) Movie Review
Rating = 3/5 Graves
Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Producer: Gilbert Adler
Writers: Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, Mark Bishop
Date Released: January 13, 1995
John Kassir as the Crypt Keeper
Billy Zane as the Collector
William Sadler as Brayker
Jada Pinkett as Jeryline
The story of Demon Knight (1995) follows Brayker (William Sadler) who is first seen in a car chase with The Collector (Billy Zane). At first, it is unclear what both men’s motives are, but the truth is revealed as the story progresses. Eager to escape, Brayker finds himself in a house and trapped as the house becomes surrounded by demons summoned by The Collector. The story becomes a tale to save humanity and prevent the darkness from acquiring a holy relic.
To no surprise, Tales from the Crypt delivers a story filled with no shortage of gore and breasts in the film, Demon Knight. This film portrays severed limbs, decapitated heads and fantasy style blood. With an R-rating for the film, Demon Knight tries to push the limits to create a gory storyline. The gore is fun and entertaining rather than shocking and unbearable to watch. If you are looking for more intense torture gore, this is not the movie for you. However, Demon Knight provides a classic horror tale with prosthetics and animatronics that is not only enticing to watch, but also a little humorous.
The Grave Review
If you remember the series, Tales from the Crypt would generally create simple but entertaining story lines. Demon Knight is no exception. The storyline is simple. A man, Brayker, must defend an ancient relic from the demons and their leader, The Collector. The film and its plot bring back some of the classic horror concepts back to the big screen.
The film itself encompassed some big-name actors. William Sadler and Billy Zane in their own right, are very respectable and well-known actors. Sadler, who later would co-star in the 2007 horror film, The Mist, plays a nervous, concerned “rebel” who must protect the relic along with all the people in the house. His character in general gives the sense of discomfort and a sense of jeopardy in a home with no possibility of escape. Billy Zane, who would co-star in the movie, Titanic, portrayed his character as a very charismatic, fun witty individual. His portrayal was spot on as the manipulative demon that would stop at nothing to get the relic. It further appeared through the script that Zane had a lot of flexibility in terms of making the character what he wanted. His fun, squawky personality made it almost comical and added a lot of humor to the horror/thriller film.
Overall, Demon Knight (1995) is a fun and entertaining B-Movie horror flick that is great if you are looking for a film to relax for an evening. Tales from the Crypt in general is consistent throughout everything they produce. The films in general are full of adult comical humor with horror components. Although not intended to be funny, the splash of humor in horror films is certainly refreshing.
Grave Reviews gives this film Three Graves out of Five.
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