Tales from the Crypt began as a comic book series in the early 50s. It specialized in tales of the gruesome, the afterlife and the bizarre. Then in 1972 it was made as a British anthology horror film famously starring Joan Collins. Almost 17 years later in 1989 Tales from the Crypt became a hit horror anthology television show on HBO and ran for 7 seasons and 93 episodes. The show was a smash with horror fans in big part because since HBO was a premium cable TV channel, Tales was able to showcase extreme gore, nudity, profanity and sexual situations. Just before the show ended two more feature films were made bearing the trademark name before their titles, Demon Night and Bordello of Blood, both of which debut this month on Blu-ray.
In Demon Knight, William Sadler plays Brayker; a man who carries one of the last containers that held the blood of Christ meant to protect mankind from evil taking over. But a being known as The Collector (Billy Zane) is also after it and the two must face off in a small town in the middle of nowhere with the fate of the entire universe hanging on the outcome.
Demon Knight is a total blast of a movie. True to the Tales from the Crypt name, it contains lots of laughs, great effects and makeup, and an entertaining plot that keeps things rolling at a good pace. And the cast is killer, pun intended, with not only Sadler and Zane but also Jada Pinkett Smith, CCH Pounder, the wonderful Dick Miller, Thomas Haden Church and Charles Fleischer. And of course an intro by none other than The Cryptkeeper himself.
In Bordello of Blood we find Catherine (Erika Eleniak) in search of her brother Caleb (Corey Feldman) who goes missing after visiting a brothel run out of a funeral home. When the police refuse to do anything, Catherine hires private eye Rafe Guttman (Dennis Miller) to find Caleb but when he finds out the brothel is actually run by a vampire named Lilith (Angie Everhart) they must gather all their courage to fight her and her legions of bloodsuckers to find out once and for all what happened to Caleb.
Both of these movies are excellent examples of why the Tales from the Crypt brand has lasted so long. Great camp, great casts, great laughs, tons of action and gore and above all loads of fun. These are great movies to pair up and have a fun movie night with friends. Both new Blu-ray’s from Shout! Factory are killer new collector’s edition with nice transfers that are significant improvements over the old DVD’s and both have tons of new special features including multiple new commentaries and making of documentaries for both films. For perfect examples of fun horror flicks, both of these titles are highly recommended.