FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (w/ Dir. Ernest Dickerson & John Kassir in person!)

Released with little fanfare under the “Tales from the Crypt” banner, Demon Knight has since earned a reputation of being one of the great overlooked horror treasures of the 1990s. Directed by Spike Lee’s cinematographer Ernest Dickerson (who would later go on to direct enjoyable genre fare like Bones and Surviving the Game, as well as crucial episodes of The Wire, Dexter, and The Walking Dead), Demon Knight is the rare horror comedy that perfectly straddles the line between gleeful, bloody carnage and gut-busting laughs. Dickerson’s camerawork is crafty and confident, and his tale–of a church/boarding house besieged by treasure-seeking demons–is aided by a stellar cast featuring William Sadler, CCH Pounder, Thomas Hayden Church, Dick Miller and Jada Pinkett Smith. But the real secret weapon is the film’s central villain: a rootin’ tootin’ demon cowboy played with the trademark, off-kilter weirdness of the one-and-only Billy Zane. Rich in spooky atmosphere and carnival house thrills, this is one crypt tale too big for television… so help us unearth it again on the big screen!

Dir. Ernest Dickerson, 1995, 35mm, 92 min.

Watch the trailer!