Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

Even the devil gets exasperated.

Even the devil gets exasperated.

One of the best things about going into movies totally cold is how much they can surprise you. One doesn’t go into Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight expecting much, and quite frankly, after a pretty long line of mediocre horror films, this one came as quite a pleasant surprise, indeed.

Demons on the loose.

Demons on the loose.

Brayker (William Sadler) is being chased by a guy simply known as The Collector (Billy Zane). It seems Brayker is in possession of a very valuable antiquity, a “key,” that The Collector claims is his. The Collector tracks Brayker down at a mission somewhere in New Mexico. Not long after he finds him, all hell literally breaks loose. Brayker has to keep the key away from The Collector, all the while convincing the unlucky inhabitants of the mission to heed his warnings and stave off The Collector’s enticements.

The devil's offers are usually irresistible...

The devil’s offers are usually irresistible…

This movie was so much fun to watch! The special effects were great; no CGI, and that scores major points from me. Billy Zane is hilarious, and plays the devil a bit like Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice. The story is actually engaging and fun, in spite of (or because of) its silliness. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Tales from the Crypt movie without Crypt Keeper bookends and terrible puns! I am so glad I finally watched this. If you have a taste for this kind of thing, you’ll be glad you did, too!

...and the results aren't usually very pretty!

…and the results aren’t usually very pretty!


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