Demon Knight movie review

Demon Knight movie credits:

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by: Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris

Cast:
Billy Zane (The Collector)
William Sadler (Brayker)
Jada Pinkett Smith (Jeryline)

Release date: 1995

Spoiler alert: some crucial elements of the movie are commented in the following review. Be warned!

My bloody rating:

Demon Knight movie review:

To prevent the whole universe to fall into chaos, a man from the past is hiding in a remote hotel. This man carries a key that is filled with the blood of the Christ. If this key falls into the hands of “The Collector”, then evil forces will rise and the earth will be consumed by demons and horrible creatures.

What makes the charm of this movie from the 90s is not the fact that the plot is fun and original because it’s not. This idea is overused and the scenario doesn’t do a good job explaining how or what will happen if the key is stolen. There are a few flashback, but the plot is still filled with holes that are annoying and too obvious.

What makes the charm of this movie are not the special effects either. CGI was expensive in 1995, but the result looks more 80s than 90s. Special effects are cheap and rarely convincing, but the movie does have a few gory scenes that are funny and enjoyable.

What makes the charm of this movie is the great quality of the cast. Billy Zane is perfect in the role of “The Collector”. The bad guy from “Titanic” is mad, charismatic and insane. Zane’s performance might be a little bit too eccentric, but overall, it’s a fun actor to watch onscreen.

The main character is played by William Sadler (Colonel Stuart from Die Hard 2). Sadler’s character is mostly serious and nervous, which is well-rendered by the veteran actor. Jada Pinkett Smith is also enjoyable in the role of an ex-convict who will be gifted with great responsibilities.

The cast also includes CCH Pounder, Thomas Haden Church (Sandman is Spider-Man 3), Dick Miller, Charles Fleischer and a small cameo by John Larroquette in the role of an actor playing the role of a serial killer. Funny!

The music is also nice with a nice mix of rock songs and the usual score. Sounds were great as creatures were given deep and horrible voices.

Director Ernest R. Dickerson’s film has everything you could expect from a horror movie from the 90s! Great music, a fun cast, cheap special effects and an enjoyable atmosphere. It’s just sad that the plot is not as original as it should be.

Don’t hesitate to look at this one if you like B-movies made with big money. It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s entertaining!

 

Demon Knight movie review written by: Martin Berube