From 1989 to 1996 HBO ran the popular horror anthology series Tales From the Crypt based on the comic of the same name. The series was a massive hit and even stepped away from the series to create albums, spin off series and a cartoon. Nearing the end of the series run they unleashed what was to be a trilogy of films, but sadly only two of them were released under the Tales From the Crypt Presents brand for many years. Now Shout Factory is bringing the Cryptkeeper back to the masses with Demon Knight on Blu-ray for the first time.
Demon Knight follows a mysterious drifter known as Brayker who possesses the last of seven ancient keys that hold the power to stop the forces of darkness and protect all humanity from ultimate evil. But the human race is safe only so long as Brayker can evade the demonic Collector who has gathered the other six keys. In his obsessive quest for the key, the Collector rallies an army of ghastly cadavers against Brayker and the inhabitants of a run-down hotel. Armed with automatic weapons, sacred blood and sadistic humor, Brayker and the strong-willed Jeryline must lead the other guests in a gruesome battle against the Collector and his evil horde of ghouls. This is yet another cheesy but fun film that just feels like a bigger episode of the series which is clearly what they were going for. The story is simple enough and lends itself to some great gory fun and they do not disappoint. The best part about this film is that not only is it filled with slimy demons, but they used practical effects for them making all the more awesome. There are some great looking creatures here that are a ton of fun to watch in action and coupled with the cheesy one liners throughout you have the perfect horror cheese fest for fans of the series or just these kinds of films. As if the creatures, gore and overall fun of it all wasn’t enough it features a great cast including Billy Zane, William Sadler, Jada Pinkett Smith, CCH Pounder, Thomas Hayden Church, Traci Bingham, John Larroquette, and of course John Kassir as the Crypt Keeper himself bringing the always fun bookends to bring it all together.
This release not only features the film, but numerous special features including commentaries, theatrical trailers, interviews, and featurettes to take you further into the crypt. Fans of Tales From the Crypt will no doubt want to add this to their collection so grab your copy of Demon Knight Collector’s Edition available now on Blu-ray from Shout Factory.
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