We all get hyped over different kinds of movies, but I couldn’t wait to see HBO’s “Tales From the Crypt” realized as a feature film.
I was first in line on January 13, 1995 to see Ernest R. Dickerson’s Demon Knight, the debut of The Cryptkeeper on the big screen. And even after popularity had faded fast, I was there opening night in 1996 for Gilbert Adler’s Bordello of Blood, starring Dennis Miller, Erika Eleniak, Angie Everhart and Corey Feldman. Shit, I even picked up an all region DVD player so I could get my hands on the 2002 Ritual, which failed to make it to theaters.
Now, 20 years after the release of Demon Knight, both theatrical films will make their way to Blu-ray in Collector’s Editions, thanks to Shout Factory!
Just in time for Halloween festivities, fans of the widely popular “Tales From the Crypt” rejoice as the collector’s editions of Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight and Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood hits home entertainment shelves everywhere on October 20, 2015.
Infested with a talented cast, thrilling special effects and the crypt keeper’s deadpan delights, Demon Knight is directed by genre vet Ernest Dickerson (The Walking Dead, Dexter, Masters of Horror) and features a strong cast, including Billy Zane (Titanic), William Sadler (Iron Man 3), Jada Pinkett (Gotham), Brenda Bakke (L.A. Confidential), CCH Pounder (Orphan, Avatar), Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3, Sideways), Dick Miller (Gremlins) and Charles Fleischer (Zodiac).
Brimming with blood, lust and wicked laughs, Bordello of Blood is directed by film producer/filmmaker Gilbert Adler (Thir13en Ghosts, House on Haunted Hill) and features a fun cast of Dennis Miller (Joe Dirt), Erika Eleniak (Under Siege), Angie Everhart (Jade), Chris Sarandon (Fright Night, Child’s Play), Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies), John Kassir as the voice of the crypt keeper, Aubrey Morris (A Clockwork Orange) and Phil Fondacaro (Ghoulies II).
Both highly sought-after cult horror classics debut for the first time on Blu-ray. Each collector’s edition Blu-ray features exciting bonus content, newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with theatrical key art and more!
“A mysterious drifter known as Brayker (William Sadler) possesses the last of seven ancient keys that hold the power to stop the forces of darkness and protect all humanity from ultimate evil. But the human race is safe only so long as Brayker can evade the demonic Collector (Billy Zane) who has gathered the other six keys.
In his obsessive quest for the key, the Collector rallies an army of ghastly cadavers against Brayker and the inhabitants of a run-down hotel. Armed with automatic weapons, sacred blood and sadistic humor, Brayker and the strong-willed Jeryline (Jada Pinkett-Smith) must lead the other guests in a gruesome battle against the Collector and his evil horde of ghouls.”
“Wisecracking private eye Rafe Guttman (Dennis Miller) investigates some strange happenings at a titillating bordello on the edge of town. It seems owner Madam Lilith (Angie Everhart) and her luscious cohorts want more than money… they want blood!
Soon Rafe finds himself up to his neck in a den of hungry vampiresses and battling the Reverend Jimmy Current (Chris Sarandon), a slick televangelist with an unstoppable talisman.”
Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight Collector’s Edition
NEW Audio Commentary with Director Ernest Dickerson
NEW Audio Commentary with Special Make-up Effects Creator Todd Masters, Visual Effects Supervisor John Van Vliet, Special Effects Coordinator Thomas Bellissimo, and Demon Performer Walter Phelan
NEW Under Siege: The Making of “Tales From The Crypt presents Demon Knight” – Featuring interviews with Director Ernest Dickerson, Co-producer A.L. Katz, Screenwriters Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris, and Mark Bishop, Stars Billy Zane, William Sadler, Brenda Bakke, Charles Fleischer. John Schuck and Dick Miller, Editor Stephen Lovejoy, Special Make-Up Effects Creator Todd Masters, Special Make-Up Effects Artists Scott Coulter and Scott Wheeler, and Demon Performer Walter Phelan (40 minutes)
Panel Discussion from the American Cinematheque featuring director Ernest Dickerson, actor Dick Miller and Special Effects maestro Rick Baker
Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Bonus Content:
NEW Audio Commentary with Co-Writer & Producer A.L. Katz
NEW Tainted Blood: The Making of “Tales From The Crypt presents Bordello Of Blood” – Interviews with Actors Corey Feldman, Angie Everhart and Erika Eleniak,, Co-Writer & Co-Producer A.L. Katz, Editor & Second Unit Director Stephen Lovejoy, and Special Effects Creator Todd Masters (35 minutes)