Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight
1995. Directed by Enerest Dickerson & Gilbert Adler
"Humans! You're not worth the flesh you're printed on!"
This is how you make a B movie.
Take 1 part amazing soundtrack, 1 part amazing cast (Including Billy Zane, William Sadler, and the always powerful CCH Pounder), 2 Parts Humans verse Demons, and 1 Part stinging hilarious satire and mix them up in a chamber piece.
The chamber in this film being a run down converted church-motel where a group of lost and unfortunate souls have gathered on the wrong night at the right time.
Rick Bota's eye picks up a wonderfully creepy palette filled with neon blues, reds, and of course green to make the motel feel alive and it's denizens embrace there places in the narrative.
George Toomer's set design is the lynchpin of the film as the motel 's exterior, a comfortable but trashy dive, is also a labyrinth of lost corridors and broken dreams.
One of the best parts of this film is that the final girl is a minority. That was almost unheard at the time of the film's making and Jada Pinkett does the role of the chosen successor very well.
The smart script and genuine turns by it's stellar cast elevate this gem from the usual creature feature schlock to a honorable entry in cult cinema.
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