|Directed by:||Ernest R. Dickerson|
|Written by:||Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, Mark Bishop|
|Cast:||John Kassir, Billy Zane, William Sadler, Jada Pinkett Smith|
Demon Knight's kind of an odd film. There are so many aspects about it that really want me to root for it, but ultimately it just comes off as too cheesy and overblown for its own good.
Let me start with the concept. The idea thats at hand here is decent enough, its just the execution. The effects and basically all of the aesthetic features of this film don't really back the epic backstory this film has going for it. Especially the rather awful looking demons. They look like leftovers from CHUD 2 with glow sticks busted open in their eyes. So yeah, that kind of takes away any real horror from the picture.
The action sequences are equally as unbelievable and poorly done. I don't want to say that this just felt like one giant episode, because the pacing and everything was handled like a feature film, but the budget and atmosphere of the picture certainly made it look like it was made for television.
Aside from the story, I think another one of the film's biggest redeeming qualities was the cast. Its kind of strange to say about a horror film, but it was a blast watching Billy Zane as an incredible over the top eccentric demon. William Sadler was great as always, as was genre favorite Dick Miller.
While Demon Knight isn't the worst horror film to hit cinemas, its certainly not worth going out of your way to catch either. But in a decade where horror kind of got a little softer, its a nice breath of demonic air into an overly politically correct era. The heart's there, just not the brains...