The Movie of the HBO television series Tales from the Crypt, released in 1995. Demon Knight tells the story of a 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), alcoholic Uncle Willy (Dick Miller), prostitute Cordelia (Brenda Bakke) and her 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 handsome and charming gentleman in a trenchcoat and cowboy hat known only as The Collector (Billy Zane) shows up with Sheriff Tooper (John Schuck) and Deputy Bob (Gary Farmer), seeking a key-shaped artifact that he claims Brayker stole from him. The Collector soon reveals that he's actually a demonic Bounty Hunter and quickly 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 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 The End of the World as We Know It if it runs out of blood and is used by the forces of darkness.Not to be confused with Demon Knights. Followed by Bordello of Blood.
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 give up your soul, you turn into a demon, you look like shit. Where's the payoff, right?
Demon Lords and Archdevils: The Collector himself distinguishes himself by saying that the eyeball weakness only applies to "lower-level" demons. His true form is the only demon that we see with wings.
Dirty Old Man: Uncle Willy. Just looks at his topless women fantasy for evidence.
The End... Or Is It?: 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.
The opening sequence is there purely for Peggy Trentini to give a Fanservice overdose.
Exotic Equipment: At one point, the Collector's fly opens and a column of flame bursts out, and he cries out, "Woo! Woo! Down, boy!" When it retreats back into its pants (and fly zips back itself), he sheepishly apologizes. Jeryline is not amused.
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. The second time, with Demon Knight blood, has a far more potent effect.
Frame Story: Not a story exactly, but as with Tales from the Crypt, we get a wraparound featuring the Cryptkeeper, this time embodying the role of a ham-fisted (or is it just hammy?) Hollywood director.
Going Postal: We find out Wally was crazy and reading everyone's mail and was going to blow up the post office for Cordelia.
A Handful for an Eye: The Collector seems to have the upper hand against 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 effect of acid against the demon.
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!
Improbable Aiming Skills: 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. 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.
In Medias Res: 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.
Large Ham: Billy Zane as The Collector, having a grand old time.
And of course, this being a Tales from the Crypt 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.
The two ladies with our horror host in the closing framing segment.
The temptation the Collector offers to Uncle Willy is a bar fully 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.
Oh Crap: Brayker gives one when he realizes The Collector is going to summon an army of demons.
Only a Flesh Wound: Irene has her arm ripped off early in the film, but she neither bleeds to death nor goes into shock despite never getting the serious medical treatment that surviving such an injury would require.
Really 700 Years Old: 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 World War I just makes him older and older as the film ages.
The Stinger: 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 ultimately never moved forward with.)
Take Up My Sword: Brayker says something like this to Jeryline just before he's attacked and fatally wounded by a possessed boy.
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!"
Took a Level in Badass: Of all characters, Deputy Bob, who when we first meet him, was a typical Bumbling Cop, by the end, he's ordering the others and Brayker to go without him as he wards off the appoaching demons before he and Irene gives their lives to take them out.
We Can Rule Together: The Collector makes the offer to Jeryline. Her response is really something to behold.