Welcome to a new “thing” I’m throwing out there for you all to get involved in. It’s an opportunity to put a brief spotlight on some films you or I may have a secret affection for but wouldn’t necessarily want to shout such about affection from the proverbial rooftops. They’re not quite “guilty pleasures” and they’re no where close to being regarded as classics or the like, but they’re films you had a bit of fun with despite the general consensus and want others to check out and re-evaluate too.
If you’ve got a film you think you’d like to put a bit of a spotlight on then write a brief (200 words or less) piece and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header of ‘Shameful Loves’ and we’ll put it up here on the site. Let me get the ball rolling…
Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight
As genre films of this type go, it is indeed a ‘throw-away’ effort at first glance but look again; produced by Richard Donner, Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis, directed by Ernest Dickerson (Spike Lee’s cinematographer and a regular helmer on The Wire from season 2 onwards) and containing a genuinely great cast that includes William Sadler, one of the greatest under-rated character actors (the guy is a Frank Darabont “player” and has been a Die Hard villain and ‘Death’ in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey – how’s that?!?), a young-ish Thomas Hayden Church, cult icon Dick Miller, CCH Pounder (from TV’s The Shield), Jada Pinkett (pre “Smith”) and Charles Fleisher (the voice of Roger Rabbit and recently seen in David Fincher’s Zodiac), not to mention one of the only truly bearable (and surprisingly fun) performances from Billy Zane. It does a really good job in creating a tangible, tension-soaked “siege” mentality akin to John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 and there’s some quality gore-effects on show. The script is surprisingly witty too and, best of all, it’s Citizen Kane in comparison to the horrific “sequel” Tales From The Crypt: Bordello of Blood.
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