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Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

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A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector.

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Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Billy Zane ... The Collector
William Sadler ... Brayker
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Jeryline (as Jada Pinkett)
Brenda Bakke ... Cordelia
CCH Pounder ... Irene
Dick Miller ... Uncle Willy
Thomas Haden Church ... Roach
John Schuck ... Sheriff Tupper
Gary Farmer ... Deputy Bob Martel
Charles Fleischer ... Wally Enfield
Tim DeZarn ... Homer (as Tim deZarn)
Sherrie Rose ... Wanda
Ryan O'Donohue Ryan O'Donohue ... Danny (as Ryan Sean O'Donohue)
Tony Salome Tony Salome ... Sirach
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Storyline

Brayker is a man who carries the last of seven keys, special containers which held the blood of Christ and were scattered across the universe to prevent the forces of evil from taking over. If The Collector gets the last key, the universe will fall into Chaos, and he has been tracking Brayker all the way to a small inn in a nowhere town. And now the final battle for the universe begins...... Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for gore, horror violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,019,555, 16 January 1995

Gross USA:

$21,089,146

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,089,146
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is a scene in the novel that talks about flying demons attacking the main cast during the time they were going through the tunnels. This scene seems to have been dropped from the final shooting script, for there is no evidence of this scene in the movie. This scene is one of many scenes that can be found in the novel adaptation, based on an earlier draft of the script. See more »

Goofs

Jeryline coats herself in Braker's blood to prevent The Collector from touching her and her underwear is stained to the point that it is nearly black. The Collector responds by throwing her in the shower to rinse her off. However after he drags her down stairs and lets her out of the curtain she completely clean and dry despite the fact she was just rinsed in the shower moments earlier and blood could not be totally washed out of her clothing with just water. See more »

Quotes

The Collector: Do me a favor? Don't scream. Just hear what I've gotta say... and then scream.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, there is a short sequence of The Cryptkeeper asking the audience why they are still there and then inviting them to see the next Tales From the Crypt theatrical release Dead Easy (Which was the working title for the follow up Tales From the Crypt film, Bordello of Blood).

This sequence existed on the VHS and DVD releases of Demon Knight, but was removed on the Laserdisc and Blu-Ray versions of this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Germany the uncut version was shown in cinemas, but the video was withdrawn by the distributor to avoid confiscation by the authorities. A cut version of the movie has been shown on TV. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Name Is Bruce (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

My Misery ... (Demon Knight)
Written by Robb Flynn
Performed by Machine Head
Produced by Vincent Wojno & Machine Head
Machine Head appears courtesy of Roadrunner Records, Inc.
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Respectful to the the genre.
22 August 2004 | by Dellamorte_Dellamore07See all my reviews

FREAKING LOVED IT!

This (to me) is a perfect flick for what it's aiming at. Seven people and a drifter named Braker are trapped inside a old church/ new motel while the super cool COLLECTER (Billy Zane, in a role that was meant for him) and his group of nipple pierced, glow in the dark green eyes, cloven hooved, goatee sporting, slimy demons trick and mangle the cast in order to get a "relic" key that hold the power of darkness from taking over the world.

Ernest Dickerson does well in the directing seat. The horror,comedy, and drama all combined nicely and never went over with the drama or comedy. None of it felt forced. As for the characters, I really warmed up to them (even the asshole Roach), all of the actors brought a little something special to their rather thin roles. I'll always remember the sad prostitute Cordelia, the no bulls*** Irene, or the funny "need a drink" hobo Uncle Willie. THE COLLECTOR is the main highlight of this movie. Excellent delivery by Zane. The man is too cool for TITANIC. I loved the way he persuaded some of the residents into selling there soul, it was more then just having the demons come in. The idea of the blood in the key and being able to make barriers of not letting in the demons was pretty slick too. William Sadler and Jada Pinkett brought a lot of drama and humanity to the movie, they served their characters well. The gore is also kick ass and works well (all about that arm getting ripped off, and hand punching through a face) and the demons looked pretty sick

My only complaint is the whole shooting the demons in the eyes to kill them was kinda blah, but Billy Zane has fun with even that ("I SHOULD KNOW, WHO MAKES UP ALL THESE RULES"). This is one cool movie, stands on its own two feet and pays respect to a lot of past horror movies, any true HORROR fan will appreciate THIS. ROCK ON CRYPT KEEPER!!!... thanx for all those hot babes that flash their stuff, it went well with the movie and never felt sleazy.

DEMON KNIGHT ***1/2 out of ****


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