Demon Knight was really quite a surprise for me when it came
out. Sure, I had always loved the "Tales From The Crypt" episodes that
aired on HBO back in the day, but the idea of them making a big
Hollywood movie out of it made me worry. Fortunately, the movie turned
out to be everything fans of the show could've hoped for and more.
It's got a wonderful script, plenty of gore, more cheesy jokes from
the Cryptkeeper, and a really great cast. William Sadler (aka: "Death"
from Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey) plays the good guy who is trying to
hide the last of seven keys which can protect the world from demons.
The main bad guy was played by Billy Zane and he is perfect in
this flick. His character, the Collector, has one of those rare "give
a bunch of hilarious one-liners while he still has no remorse about
making you die a horribly painful death" personas that are only found
in characters such as Freddy Krueger. He's both lovable and evil...
quite a combo.
There's plenty of great
moments in this movie, but the one that really sets the pace for the
rest of the film is when the Collector decides to let the sheriff, who
just arrested him, know exactly who he's dealing with.
"Really, like the man said, if you only knew who I was..."
Sheriff: "We'll find
out soon enough."
"Hmm... why wait?"
Ouch? You're damned
right ouch. In the blink of an eye, the Collector turns around and
punches a hold straight through the sheriff's face and out the back of
his head as the camera is treated to a gory close-up. Sadistic as hell
and I was loving every bit of it.
Then he tries removing
his arm from the head, but it's stuck. So, he proceeds to tear that
head right off of the body, punch Sadler with it, and then flings it
off into the arms of the deputy. Overkill? You betcha! Most of that
time, that's what it takes to make a truly memorable horror movie
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