on 25 September 2014
I'll be honest, I have no idea what Bordello of Blood is and no real interest in seeing it. I got this because it was cheaper to get this set rather than Demon Knights by itself, which is weird . . . but whatever!
Demon Knights is one of those guilty pleasure films that's both so bad it's good and so good it's brilliant. It's corny and quirky and bloody and completely worth every minute.
on 12 June 2016
Tales From The Crypt:- Bordello of Blood and Demon Knight are both feature films based on the popular 90's HBO tv show which was also based on the E.C. horror comic books from the 50's. This entertaining double feature should interest some horror fans who are looking for some fun 90's horror comedies, Demon Knight being the best of the two and Bordello being slightly above average ruined by the poor and lackluster performances of it's leads, Dennis Miller and Angie Everheart. There are very few horror/comedies as entertaining as 1995’s Demon Knight. The first of three Tales From the Crypt films (2002’s RITUAL was so bad that very few fans even acknowledge it), the Ernest Dickerson-helmed film was an instant hit with horror fans, and rightfully so, it’s kind of perfect. Following William Sadler’s Brayker character, a man who for centuries has been the caretaker of an ancient relic that holds the remaining blood of Christ, the film finds the man seeking refuge in a sleazy motel and being chased by what is one of horror’s best characters around: The Collector. Billy Zane’s performance as the collector is easily one of the most comedic and interesting horror performances of all time, and when The Collector finds Brayker at the motel, surrounded by its residents, the films becomes a gory and sometimes silly affair, with Zane’s character unleashing demons on the residents.
Demon Knight is like an action packed episode of Tales From The Crypt and the film’s tone really fits the TFTC series, with double crossing, one liners to die for and great performances by Sadler, Zane and the actors playing the motel’s residents (including Dick Miller, Thomas Haden Church, Jada Pinkett-Smith and a host of others) There’s blood, gore, nudity and some impressive monster makeup courtesy of Todd Masters and Co., all of which makes the film feel like it’s just an extended episode of the series, and I mean that as a complete compliment. In my opinion it's definitely one of my favorite 90's horror films and one thats worth seeking out.
A wreck from the get-go, Tales From the Crypt’s followup to Demon Knight, the Dennis Miller-led Bordello of Blood isn’t quite as revered as the first film, but it's still somewhat amusing. Directed by Gilbert Adler, the film involves Erika Eleniak’s character and her search for her wayward brother (played by Corey Feldman). When Eleniak’s Katherine Verdoux hires the wise-cracking Rafe Guttman (comedian Dennis Miller) to look for her brother, he stumbles upon a bordello ran by the vampiress Lilith (model Angie Everhart), putting an all out vampire showdown into motion. Throw Fright Night‘s Chris Sarandon as televangelist Reverend Current into the mix and you have a vampire classic, right? Not so much. Bordello suffers from quite the amount of issues, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes as well. Miller’s Guttman character seems forced and Everhart holding the entire film on her shoulders isn’t half as interesting as Zane’s villainous lead in Demon Knight. She seems out of her elements, an issue with pretty much everybody in the film, with the exception of Feldman, who is obviously having fun playing the other side of the vampire film than he was known for in films like The Lost Boys.
Where as Zane’s comedic approach to the Collector in the first film was a refreshing touch, Miller’s nonstop one liners are again, forced throughout the entire experience, and it just adds another issue to an already issue-filled mess of a film. Although the film is admittedly quite bad at times it can be quite amusing especially with the hilariously awful opening (an Indiana Jones like parody) and the film was filled with nudity and some nice gore scenes as well with several decapitations and a nice heart ripping scene. Both films are fun, and though Demon Knight is obviously the more enjoyable film, I’d recommend both releases. Both films have also been released on Blu-ray by Scream Factory but if your on a budget like myself then get this cheap dvd release instead.
on 14 February 2015
This DVD features the first two Tales from the Crypt feature length films, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995) and Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood (1996). Both films begin with the Crypt Keeper (John Kassir), just like in the TV series, introducing the audience to the creepy story that will follow, whilst offering his ghoulishly bad but amusing jokes. So begins the first tale ...
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight
Demon Knight sees a world-weary ex-soldier, Frank Brayker (William Sadler), as the guardian of an ancient key that contains the power to unlock pure evil. He is on the road, always one step ahead of the Collector (Billy Zane), an equally sinister and charming character who will try and gain possession of the key at any cost. The Collector wants to bring about the apocalypse. Brayker stumbles across a boarding house somewhere in New Mexico, which is overseen by Irene (CCH Pounder) and contains an interesting and quirky array of tenants: Uncle Willy (Dick Miller); the young and beautiful Jeryline (Jada Pinkett), who works like Cinderella as a chamber maid, never given any peace, always wanting out of the entire town; Cordelia (Brenda Bakke), a prostitute who looks after the lonely tenants and guests who pass through; Roach (Thomas Hayden Church), a young rocker, who has a thing going with Cordelia; Wally (Charles Fleischer), a mailman by day and desperately in love with Cordelia; and Wanda (Sherrie Rose) and Homer (Tim De Zarn). With the Collector not far behind, Brayker must use the boarding house as a fortress and all within must fight the Collector and his Demons in order to save not only their own lives, but the world. Other characters include Sheriff Tupper (John Schuck) and Deputy Bob Martel (Gary Farmer). Demon Knight is directed by Ernest Dickerson (Surviving the Game) and features a soundtrack including Filter, Megadeath, Ministry, Pantera, Rollins Band, Sepultura; it is based on the EC Comics from the 1940s and 1950s, such as Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror, and is the prequel to Bordello of Blood.
Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood
Katherine Verdoux (Erika Eleniak) is a nice girl, who works for the falsely charming and devout Reverend Current; she is also the sister of wild and troublesome teenager, Caleb Verdoux (Corey Feldman). When Caleb goes missing one night, Katherine seeks out the service of private investigator, Rafe Guttman (Dennis Miller), who takes a shine to her and agrees to find the missing brother. During his investigations, he is led to the beautiful Lilith (Angie Everhart), a vampire who runs a bordello where she has ensnared the errant Caleb. Rafe and Katherine must battle Lilith and her hoard of bloodsuckers in order to save Caleb. Bordello of Blood also stars Aubrey Morris and William Sadler, who is unrecognizable during the opening sequence with the Crypt Keeper; it is directed by Gilbert Adler and is the sequel to Demon Knight. Bordello is more direct comedy than Demon Knight, the latter being a fairly dark film with shades of humour. Miller is the star here: love him or hate him, his ironic humour fits the role perfectly.
There are no extra features on this double bill DVD but I found the sound and picture quality to be very good; a cheap way to own these two films, which often seem to be expensive singly.
There is a third film, Tales from the Crypt: Ritual (2002) starring Jennifer Grey, Craig Sheffer, and Tim Curry.