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TheMovie of the {{HBO}} television series ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'', released in [[TheNineties 1995]]. ''Demon Knight'' tells the story of a [[TheDrifter drifter]] named Frank Brayker (William Sadler) who arrives in Wormwood, Texas, and seeks refuge in a church-turned-hotel where he meets the no-nonsense landlady Irene (CCH Pounder) and her niece Jeryline (Jada Pinkett Smith), [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] Uncle Willy (Dick Miller), [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold prostitute]] Cordelia (Brenda Bakke) and her [[DomesticAbuser abusive boyfriend]] Roach (Thomas Haden Church), and fired mailman Wally (Charles Flescher) who's hopelessly in love with Cordelia.

Not long after Brayker's arrival, a [[HandsomeDevil handsome]] and [[AffablyEvil charming]] gentleman in a [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]] and [[NiceHat cowboy hat]] known only as The Collector (Creator/BillyZane) shows up with Sheriff Tupper (John Schuck) and Deputy Bob (Gary Farmer), seeking a [[ArtifactOfDoom key-shaped artifact]] that he claims Brayker stole from him. The Collector soon reveals that he's actually a demonic BountyHunter and quickly [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs lays siege to the hotel]], raising up an army of skeletal minions to aid him in getting his dirty hands on the Key and going about tempting some of the hotel's residents with their innermost desires. Brayker reveals to the residents (well, those who survive the demonic onslaught...) that the Key once contained the [[ThePowerOfBlood blood of Jesus Christ]] and subsequently that of previous guardians of the Key. The Key can ward off evil if it contains blood, but will bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt if it runs out of blood and is used by the forces of darkness.

Not to be confused with ''ComicBook/DemonKnights''. Followed by ''Film/BordelloOfBlood''.
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!This film contains examples of:

* AffablyEvil: The Collector is an evil [=SOB=], but boy is he charming and polite to anyone he meets.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The Collector's minions lay siege to the hotel in their efforts to retrieve the Key.
* AndIMustScream: The reason the "shoot-for-the-eyes" tactic works is that it ''frees'' the tortured souls within the demons.
* AndShowItToYou: The Collector's threat [[spoiler:(and final words)]] are that, since Jeryline won't love him, at ''least'' he can have her heart--and extends a finger with a large scalpel on it.
* AndStarring: John Kassir as the voice of the Crypt Keeper.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The blood in the Key wards off demons, or [[BloodyMurder kills them if they touch it]].
* ArbitrarySkepticism: When Brayker explains the origins of the Key, a few characters are openly skeptical despite having already spent a good deal of time fending off demons.
* ArrowCam: When Brayker shoots the Collector with an arrow.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When The Collector is trying to tempt Jeryline:
-->'''The Collector''': You know, it doesn't have to be unpleasant. Hell, I'd rather it wasn't! All right, I know what you're thinking. You [[DealWithTheDevil give up your soul]], you turn into a demon, you look like ''shit''. Where's the payoff, right?
* ArtifactOfDoom: Slight subversion--the Key can ward off demons as long as there's blood in it, but can be used to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt if it's empty.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: To destroy a demon, you have to aim for the eyes.
-->'''The Collector:''' That eyeball shit? Only works on low-level demons.
* BadassNormal: Brayker has no special powers (aside from a really long lifespan), but he holds his own pretty well against demons.
* BaldOfEvil: The Collector is bald.
* BigBad: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], in that the primary antagonist (The Collector) is actually TheDragon for a BiggerBad--{{Satan}} himself.
* BigNo: Yelled by Brayker just before Roach shoots at his possessed boss and ends up destroying a barrier keeping the demons out.
* BilingualBonus: When Roach says "''Vaya con dios''," The Collector replies, "And a ''Vaya con diablos'' to you, sir!"
* BloodyMurder: The blood of Jesus and that of other guardians of the Key can harm and even kill demons.
* TheCameo: An uncredited John Larroquette is briefly seen as a SlasherMovie monster in the first Cryptkeeper [[BookEnds book-end segment]].
-->'''John Larroquette''': Where the hell did they dig this guy up?
* ChangingOfTheGuard: Brayker comes to the hotel because he knows [[spoiler:he'll find TheChosenOne there]].
* TheChosenOne: Brayker, [[spoiler:later Jeryline]].
* ClusterFBomb: The Collector's rant after being fended off by Brayker using the Key.
-->Humans! You're not worth the flesh you're printed on! Fuck this cowboy shit! You fuckin' ho-dunk, po-dunk, well then there MOTHERFUCKERS!!!
* CorruptHick: Roach has a Southern drawl and treats Cordelia like crap.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Wally gets his moment when he runs outside to save Cordelia from a demon, grabbing a handgun from Deputy Bob and shooting a demon multiple times in the head. Turns out later on that Wally was planning to blow up the post office.
* DeadpanSnarker: The Collector revels in snark, but the quote below early on in film from the Sheriff counts too:
-->'''Sheriff''': Well, Bob, it's too late to give them a ticket. But if it'll make you feel better, you can shoot their ashes.
* DealWithTheDevil: The Collector tries to bribe or threaten each character into helping him get the Key.
* DemonicPossession: What happens to the poor people who fall for The Collector's devilish charms.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: The Collector himself distinguishes himself by saying that the eyeball weakness only applies to "lower-level" demons. His [[OneWingedAngel true form]] is the only demon that we see with wings.
* DirtyCoward: Roach. During the demons' attack on the hotel, he ventures outside with Cordelia and tries to make it to his truck, only to spot a demon that then comes right at him and Cordelia. What does good ol' Roach do? He ''pushes Cordelia toward the demon'' as he hauls ass back into the hotel.
* DirtyOldMan: Uncle Willy. Just look at his topless women fantasy for evidence.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: In a sense. With all the adult residents the Collector has to charm and seduce them, appealing to their flaws or insecurities, before he can possess them. With the kid Dany he just takes over him through a comic book. Meaning that... [[SpaceWhaleAesop comic books are inherently tools of Satan]]?
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:The Collector is defeated and killed, but a strange man in a black hat starts following Jeryline, who has taken on the duties of guarding the Key, on her way out of town.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Collector's actual name is never revealed.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Collector is physically incapable of saying the words "I love you," which leads to yet another hilarious moment with Creator/BillyZane:
--> I l-l-l-l-l you. I l-l-l-l-l you. Do you think you could ever find it in your heart to l-l-l-l-l me back?
** He does, however, understand the noble Brayker well enough to know that he wouldn't follow on his threat to kill a hostage.
* EyeScream: Possible subversion, in that it's the only thing that can kill the demons.
* {{Fanservice}}: Uncle Willy's fantasy.
-->'''Willy:''' (''wide-eyed'') Ho-leeeee ''shit''!
** The opening sequence is there purely for Peggy Trentini to give a {{Fanservice}} overdose.
* ExoticEquipment: At one point, the Collector's fly opens, a column of flame bursts out and he cries out, "Woo! Woo! ''Down'', boy!" When it retreats back into its pants (and his fly zips back itself), he sheepishly apologizes. Jeryline is not amused.
%%* FinalGirl: [[spoiler:Jeryline]]
%%* TheFinalTemptation
* {{Flashback}}: A few interspersed to show the Key's origins, the first guardian (Sirach) protecting it and how Brayker eventually came to possess it.
* ForegoneConclusion: InUniverse. The Collector keeps telling Jeryline that Brayker is gonna die. [[spoiler:He's right.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: After getting upstairs, the Collector gets hit with an arrow in the eye and only falls over. This lets the audience know in advance that the "shoot for the eyes" tactic alone won't work on him.
** Jeryline spitting in the Collector's face. [[spoiler:The second time, with Demon Knight blood, has a far more potent effect.]]
* FrameStory: Not a story exactly, but as with ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'', we get a wraparound featuring the Cryptkeeper, this time embodying the role of a ham-fisted (or is it just [[LargeHam hammy]]?) Hollywood director.
* GoingPostal: We find out Wally ''was'' crazy ''and'' reading everyone's mail ''and'' was '''''going to blow up the post office for Cordelia'''''.
%%* {{Gorn}}
* GrandStaircaseEntrance: When [[spoiler:Brayker]] dies and all of the blood barriers vanish, The Collector makes one of these to a swelling score.
* GrossUpCloseUp: Happens a few times.
* AHandfulForAnEye: The Collector seems to have the upper hand against [[spoiler:Jeryline...until she spits a mouthful of blood from the Key into his eyes. Due to the blood being an extremely diluted mixture of Jesus Christ's, it actually has the [[BloodyMurder effect of acid against the demon]]]].
%%* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler:After [[FinalGirl Jeryline]] escapes in the end, we catch a glimpse of another Collector, tailor-made for her.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The Key's previous guardians--two of whom (Sirach and Dickerson) are shown during brief flashbacks.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Irene and Deputy Bob.]]
%%* HeroicWillpower
* HumanoidAbomination: The Collector, by way of OurDemonsAreDifferent and a few RealityWarper sprinkles.
* HurricaneOfPuns: It's the ''Crypt Keeper''. What did you ''expect''?
-->You call that 'hack'-ting?!... Well, let me tell you something, pal--you're no 'Gory' Cooper! You're not even a Robert 'Deadford!' Another take like that, and it'll be back to 'bit parts' for you, and I won't say what bits I'm talking about!
* ILied: The Collector says this directly to [[spoiler:Roach]] just before he is RewardedAsATraitorDeserves.
* IgnoredExpert: Brayker early on.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Since the only thing that destroys demons (other than the holy blood) is a shot in the eyes, Brayker is insanely good at hitting that relatively small target using just about any weapon he gets his hand on. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he does have the power of {{God}} on his side, and he is at least a hundred years old, giving him lots of time to work on his marksmanship.
** Less so with the postman Wally, who lands a few head-shots on a demon, and when Brayker tells him to aim for the eyes, puts them out with two more perfect shots.
* InMediasRes: The movie begins in the middle of a car chase that marks the beginning of the end of a century-long game of cat and mouse between the Collector and Brayker.
* InfantImmortality: [[NightmareFace Horribly, horribly]] [[AvertedTrope averted...]]
* JackassGenie: The Collector offers to grant wishes to a few characters if they help him, but all he ever really does if they accept is turn them into demons. Of course.
* {{Jerkass}}: Roach. While trying to escape the hotel during the demonic attack with Cordelia, he gets spotted by a demon and pushes Cordelia into the coming demon's path while he runs back inside. Not long after, he shows himself to be [[DomesticAbuser abusive towards Cordelia]] and overall rude to others. And he [[spoiler:later steals the Key from Brayker and makes a deal with the Collector for safe passage, only to be RewardedAsATraitorDeserves.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Roach]] again.
* LargeHam: Creator/BillyZane as The Collector, having a grand old time.
** And of course, this being a ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' production, we get a wraparound featuring the Crypt Keeper, an animatronic entity that somehow manages to be the largest ham in the history of television.
* LegacyCharacter: One Demon Knight, one Collector.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: The Collector offers [[spoiler:Irene]] her severed arm in exchange for her soul. On a platter. [[spoiler:Irene]] [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flips him off]].
* LoveableRogue: Jeryline used to be a thief. [[spoiler:Which makes her a superb candidate as a Demon Knight.]]
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: The Collector, of course. After getting stabbed in the eye, he is more concerned about the broken Ray-Bans. "I liked them, too. Damn."
* MindRape: The Collector's weapon of choice.
* MoodWhiplash: The film alternates between comedy and horror.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Roach nearly brings about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt simply because he can't resist taking a parting shot at his asshole boss.
-->Homer? This is for five years of minimum wage, you asshole!
* {{Novelization}}: By Randall Boyll.
* MsFanservice: Peggy Trentini in the opening framing segment.
** Cordelia, HookerWithAHeartOfGold.
** The two ladies with our horror host in the closing framing segment.
** The temptation the Collector offers to Uncle Willy is a bar of nude women offering him beer and making sexual innuendos about "enjoying a long, hard one." And for the kicker, some of them were played by porn stars.
* OhCrap: Brayker gives one when he realizes The Collector is going to summon an army of demons.
* OneWingedAngel: We do briefly to get to see The Collector's true form [[spoiler:just before he dies]]: a gigantic, skeletal being with a ram's head and enormous wings. [[spoiler:[[MadeOfExplodium He blows up real good]].]]
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler:Irene]] has her arm ripped off early in the film, but [[spoiler:she]] neither bleeds to death nor goes into shock despite never getting the serious medical treatment that surviving such an injury would require.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: It's not even clear if demons actually have names, so it's just "The Collector" to you.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by The Collector, who ponders just ''who'' makes all these rules.
%%* PeekABooCorpse
* ThePowerOfBlood: The Key was filled with the blood of Jesus Christ (and later guardians of the Key) to prevent the demons from using it. The blood can create barriers and [[BloodyMurder hurt demons]].
* RealityWarper: The Collector, who dumps Uncle Willy into a lewd and extravagant party beyond his wildest dreams, and apparently warps a comic book to mirror the events happening in the film, though it's never made clear how much of it is simply him [[MindRape getting into his victims' heads]], as the first is a hallucination.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Being the guardian of the Key means you don't age. Brayker is at least a hundred years old. Since the movie doesn't date itself, the fact that Brayker became immortal during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI just makes him older and older as the film ages.
* SassyBlackWoman: Jeryline. Irene gets her moments, too.
* ScaryBlackMan: [[spoiler:The Other Collector.]]
* SeenItAll:
--> '''[[spoiler:Roach]]''': You know this HellOnEarth business? Big fucking deal! I've got hemorrhoids.
* ShoutOut: To ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'', of course.
** The way [[spoiler:Irene and Deputy Bob]] [[HeroicSacrifice go out]] is similar to Vasquez and Gorman's deaths in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' (using grenades, a [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner snappy one-liner]] and holding hands in their last moments to take out pursuing enemies).
%%* StakingTheLovedOne
* TheStinger: At the end of the closing credits, the Crypt Keeper appears to ask the audience why they're still there and to tell them to look out for his next movie. (He refers to ''Dead Easy'', which production [[WhatCouldHaveBeen ultimately never moved forward with]].)
* TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler:Brayker says something like this to Jeryline just before he's attacked and fatally wounded by a possessed boy.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: "SUPPERTIME!"
* [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tall, Bald And Snarky]]: The Collector, as evidenced throughout this page.
* ThematicSeries: Along with ''Film/BordelloOfBlood'', making up the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' film franchise even though the two stories have no narrative connection.
* ThemeTuneCameo: [[spoiler:The second Collector]] whistles the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' theme tune.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: See OneWingedAngel.
* TitleDrop: Easy to miss, but the Collector actually does use the term "Demon Knight" to refer to the guardian of the Key, when he brags no one had ever taken a Demon Knight alive before.
* TooDumbToLive: Way too many of the residents during the movie.
* [[TooKinkyToTorture Too Kinky To Mutilate]]: The Crypt Keeper, as always. When having his head cut off, he laughs, "Well, whaddaya know--I asked for final cut--and I got it!"
* TookALevelInBadass: Of all characters, Deputy Bob, who when we first meet him, was a typical BumblingCop, but by the end, [[spoiler:he's ordering the others and ''Brayker'' to go without him as he wards off the approaching demons before he and Irene gives their lives to take them out]].
* WeCanRuleTogether: The Collector makes the offer to [[spoiler:Jeryline]]. [[spoiler:Her]] response is really something to behold.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: At one point, The Collector asks who makes up all the rules for the demons.
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:Discussed by Brayker--especially when it comes to the TakeUpMySword.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: "I lied."
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