YMMV / Demon Knight

  • All There in the Manual: In the novelization, the town is pretty much abandoned.
  • Complete Monster: The Collector is a demon Bounty Hunter searching for the final key his species needs in order to bring about the end of the world. The Collector is a soulless monster who hides behind a Faux Affably Evil veneer and delights in joking as he leads his victims to damnation. When Frank Brayker, a Demon Knight entrusted to guard the final key from the demons, seals himself in a boardinghouse alongside its residents, the Collector summons an army of demons and lays siege. Through his psychic powers, the Collector is able to possess the humans in the boardinghouse by tempting them with their deepest desires. However, the Collector never provides what he offers and instead the boardinghouse residents, such as Cordelia and Uncle Wally are turned into low-level demons, tortured souls trapped in monstrous bodies that the Collector controls. At the film's climax, the Collector possesses a little boy through a comic book and uses him to mortally wound Brayker. With the last key in his possession, the Collector merrily chats with the sole survivor, Jeryline, about how humanity will be reduced to leftovers, and attempts to cut out her heart as a memento after he fails to corrupt her.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Collector. Zane loved the bald look so much he went with it for a long while.
  • Foe Yay: The Collector and Jeryline. It's pretty one-sided, and The Collector isn't exactly subtle about it.
  • I Am Not Shazam: You would be excused if you thought that the movie title refers to the villain, since he's a demon, and a high ranking one, so, in a sense, a knight. However, it's actually the hero's title, although he's only briefly named as such by the villain ("No one's brought back a demon knight before. Alive, anyway.")
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Billy Zane's scene stealing role as The Collector is what most people seem to seek the movie out for.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Collector's modus operandi is to zero in on the Fatal Flaw of the residents and tempt them with anything he can use to get them to come over to his side, including but not limited to attractive women, promises of love and friendship, and offers of freedom from the hotel. And through it all Billy Zane is having a lot of fun playing the part.
  • Narm Charm: Let's face it, given the franchise, this is to be expected.
  • Shout-Out: The name of the town is Wormwood, which is from Book Of Revelation.
    • According to the novelization, Cordelia was the town's teacher before a scandal, similar to the actress' role in American Gothic.