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February 11th, 2018 Movie – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

the texas chainsaw massacre (2003)

Much like the original movie was the first of the slasher movies, today’s movie was the first of the slasher remakes in the 2000’s. When I first heard that they were remaking this movie, I will admit that I was extremely nervous about what they would do with it. I mean, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was such a groundbreaking horror movie, that I felt like anything the did would not come close to matching it. Still, I was willing to give it a chance, but didn’t get around to seeing it in theaters and had to wait for it to come out on DVD. I ended up just buying it as I was buying the original movie on DVD and the sequel on DVD when the remake came out. Now let’s see if this impulse buy was worth it as I watch today’s movie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003).

The plot: On August 18th, 1973, Erin, her boyfriend Kemper, and their friends Andy, and Morgan are driving up to Dallas for a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert after spending several days in Mexico. Andy is making out with Pepper, a hitchhiker they picked up in El Paso, and Morgan and Kemper are sharing a joint and when Erin throws it out the window, Morgan accidentally lets slip that they had smuggled 2 pounds of marijuana back from Mexico. Suddenly, they see a strange girl walking in the middle of the road and Kemper swerves to avoid hitting her and Erin and Pepper get out of the car to see if she is ok. The girl says she wants to go home so they bring her back to the van but as they are driving along, the girl starts saying that they are all dead. When they pass by the Blair Meat plant, the girl freaks out and says they are going the wrong way, then tries to get Kemper to turn around. When Kemper stops the van, the girl says she can’t go back to the bad man and pulls out a pistol from underneath her dress, puts it in her mouth, and shoots herself. Everyone freaks out and gets out of the car and as they try to figure out what they should do, Kemper says they should call the police, then grabs the pinata full of marijuana and throws it into a field so that they won’t get busted for it. Driving down the road, they come to a gas station and Kemper, Morgan, and Andy head inside and ask the woman behind the counter to call the sheriff. The woman makes the call and tells them that Sheriff Hoyt asked them to meet him at an old mill down the road, or else wait there for 2 hours. The group reluctantly heads to the mill but when they get there, they see no sign of Hoyt. Morgan and Andy want to just leave the body there and leave and Kemper is inclined to go along with them but Erin convinces him to wait for the sheriff. Suddenly, Pepper sees something moving in the building behind them and they head inside to investigate, finding a little boy named Jedidiah hiding in there. Jedidiah tells them that the sheriff is getting drunk at his home but it is only a short walk away so Kemper and Erin head out to find him. When they reach the house, they knock on the door and an old amputee named Monty answers the door and tells them that the sheriff isn’t there but lets Erin in to use the phone. Back at the mill, Andy runs Jedidiah off after he was messing with the body and a short while later, Sheriff Hoyt arrives at the mill. Back at the house, Erin finishes her call and goes to leave when Monty asks for her help getting up off the floor where he fell, keeping her distracted as someone moves around behind her. Meanwhile, Kemper gets worried and heads inside the house to check on Erin but as he investigates, Leatherhead comes up behind him and strikes him over the head, then drags him into another room and slams the door. Erin hears the sound and leaves the old man on the floor, worried that something might have happened to Kemper but when she finds no sign of him, decides to head back to the van. Meanwhile, Hoyt is examining the scene and when he asks about the gun the girl used to kill herself, Andy and the others tell him she had it with her and Hoyt places it in his ankle holster, which happened to be empty. Hoyt then has Andy help him wrap the body in saran wrap, then tells Andy and Morgan to place the body in the trunk of his car before he drives off. Erin arrives shortly after he leaves and is surprised to hear that the sheriff was already there and that there is no sign of Kember. Suddenly, the hear a car horn going off among some wrecked cars nearby and when they investigate them, find a picture of the girl and her family in one of the cars. Worried about Kember, Erin heads back to the house and Andy joins her, arming himself with a tire iron. Erin distracts Monty outside, allowing Andy to make his way inside the house to try and find Kember. When Andy knocks over something in the kitchen, Erin rushes in to see if he needs help but Monty confronts them about being in his house and summons Leatherface to deal with them. Andy manages to fend off Leatherface’s chainsaw with the tire iron, yelling at Erin to run, and he runs out after her but as Leatherface chases him through the rows of sheets drying in the back yard, Leatherface chops off his leg with the chainsaw, then drags him down in the basement of the house, where he hangs him on a meat hook. Erin runs back to the van and as she tries to start it, she asks where the Morgan and Pepper where the gun is and they tell her that Hoyt took it. Suddenly, Hoyt appears outside the van and as she tries to tell him about what happened to Andy, but Hoyt sees a joint on the dashboard and has them all get out of the car. and lay down on the ground. While Erin and Pepper continue to lay on the ground, Hoyt has Morgan head into the van and reenact how the girl killed herself, handing Morgan the gun to show him and forcing him to put it in his mouth. When Erin asks what is going on, Hoyt turns to yell at her and Morgan uses the distraction to point the gun at Hoyt. Erin yells at him not to do it, though Pepper says to go ahead and kill him, and as Hoyt taunts him, Morgan pulls the trigger only to find the gun wasn’t loaded. Hoyt then handcuffs Morgan and places him in his car and drives off, taking the keys to the van with him. As they are driving off, Hoyt asks Morgan where they were headed and Morgan tells him to the Skynyrd concert and offers him the tickets, prompting Hoyt to pistol whip him and knock his teeth out. Hoyt then gets on the radio and radios someone to head to the mill and take care of Erin and Pepper before pulling up to the house and forcing Morgan inside. Back at the mill, Erin works on hot-wiring the van and they start to leave only to have the front tires fall off the van. Suddenly, Leatherface starts attacking the van, killing Pepper when she runs away, and as he turns to deal with Erin, she is horrified to see that he is wearing Kimber’s face as a mask. Erin climbs out the back window and makes her way through the woods, coming across a trailer parked out in the woods. She starts pounding on the door and asking for help and when it opens, she ducks inside and asks the people inside, an old woman and a young woman named Henrietta, to use the phone but Henrietta says they don’t have one. Henrietta offers Erin some tea and as she drinks it, tells her that Leatherface won’t come around there as they are family, then goes to tend to a baby that starts crying. Erin notices a picture of the girl and her family just as a phone rings and Erin realizes that they stole the baby from the girl’s family before she passes out from the drugged tea. Erin wakes up to find herself at the Hewitt’s house where Hoyt, Monthy, and Hoyt’s mother, Luda Mae, are surrounding her. Jedidiah calls out to be allowed inside but Luda Mae tells him to stay out there until he can play by the rules. Luda Mae then tells Erin the same story that Henrietta did, about her son being tormented because of a skin disease disfiguring his face, and then yells out for Thomas (Leatherface) to take Erin to the basement. In the basement, Erin sees the various dismembered and decayed body parts of the Hewitt’s previous victims before she sees Andy hanging from the meat hook. Seeing that he is still alive, she tries to help him get free but when she can’t, he begs her to put him out of his misery and she reluctantly does so, then cries out in anguish over it. Hearing a noise, Erin heads further into the basement to find Morgan in a bath tub and she helps him get out. Jedidiah appears and tells her to follow him and Erin grabs Morgan and helps him move but Leatherface was watching them and races down after them with his chainsaw. Erin and Morgan make it to the basement stairs and she yells at Jedidiah to come with them but he tells her to run and he will be fine. They make their way to an abandoned house and they work to barricade it to keep Leatherface out but he cuts his way inside and they are forced to hide. Leatherface finds Erin and goes to kill her but Morgan jumps out of his hiding space and attacks him. Leatherface grabs Morgan and suspends him from a chandelier, then proceeds to saw him up through his groin to kill him. Erin runs out of the house, with Leatherface chasing after her but as she ducks through a barbed wire fence, Leatherface gets hung up and ends up cutting his leg. Reaching the road, Erin tries flagging down a passing car but it drives away so she heads to the meat plant. Leatherface continues to chase after her and she grabs a meat cleaver and hides in a locker. Getting Leatherfaces attention, he starts searching the lockers for her but when he discovers the pig that she had placed in one as a distraction, Erin leaps out of her locker and starts hacking at his arm, cutting Leatherface’s right arm off. As Leatherface collapses to the ground in pain, Erin heads out to the road and manages to flag down a passing semi. The driver brings him into his truck and starts asking her what’s wrong but when she sees him heading back to the gas station where Hoyt’s car is, she yells at him not to stop. The driver stops the car and yells at her, then heads in to the gas station to get some help and Erin ducks out of the truck and looks in the window to see Hoyt, Luda Mae, and Henrietta inside with the baby. As they all head outside to see what the driver is talking about, Erin grabs the baby and heads to Hoyt’s patrol car. As Hoyt approaches the semi and checks it for Erin, Erin hotwires the patrol car and uses it to run over Hoyt, then drives off. As she comforts the baby sitting next to her, Leatherface slashes at the car but doesn’t do much damage and then stares at it as Erin drives away. 2 days later, the police head to the Hewitt house and as an investigator is recording the crime scene, both he and his cameraman are killed by Leatherface.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) met with poor results from the critics, holding a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “An unnecessary remake that’s more gory and less scary than the original.” Though they tried to get Gunnar Hansen to play the role of the trucker at the end of the movie, but he declined so the only person from the original movie to return for the remake was John Larroquette, who played the narrator in both the original and the remake. The scene with Leatherface taking off his mask to show his real face was originally supposed to occur in Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, but the scene was cut in order to keep an R rating, making this movie the only time Leatherface’s “real” face is seen. Despite the poor reviews, the movie was a box office success, earning $108 million off of a $9.5 million budget.

This is a decent horror movie but compared to the original movie, this really did feel like nothing but a bunch of cheap scares. The acting was ok, with Jessica Biel doing a good job as Erin while R. Lee Emery played the role of the sadistic Hoyt to perfection. I also liked Andrew Bryniarski’s portrayal of Leatherface, playing keeping the somewhat beaten down side of his character but losing the mental handicap that the original had. The story was interesting, changing the motivation from a family of cannibals to a family taking retribution for the bullying of Thomas/Leatherface as a child on anyone that stopped in their town. The special effects were pretty good, with some scenes having to be cut in order to keep the movie at an R-rating, but I felt that in some cases, they tended to be overly graphic when it wasn’t really necessary; as there are times where less is more works a lot better in horror movies. It’s not a bad horror movie but definitely is a pale imitation to the original.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

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February 9th, 2018 Movie – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

the texas chainsaw massacre (1974)

While the 80’s has long been considered the decade of the slasher films, today’s movie, which came out 6 years before that decade started, is usually considered to be the starting point for the genre. When I first started getting into horror movies, this is one of the movies that I had always heard about and wanted to watch. I would catch portions of the edited version on TV every now and then but it would be a while before I was able to rent it. Needless to say, the movie did make an impression on me and I became a fan, but it wouldn’t be until years later that I would pick up a copy, and that was done to compare the differences between the original and the remake when it came out. So let’s get our scare on with today’s movie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).

The plot: In a rural Texas County, a reporter is talking about a grotesque statue made from decaying body parts that is tied to a monument in a cemetery. The statue cause police to discover that dozens of graves had been robbed but there are no suspects in the case as yet. Sally Hardesty, her paraplegic brother Franklin, Jerry, Pam, and Kirk, are traveling to the graveyard to check on Sally and Franklin’s grandfather and see if his grave is one of the ones that was robbed. When they get to the cemetery, Sally is escorted inside to check on the grave and when she returns to the van, she tells Franklin that the grave didn’t look disturbed. Leaving the cemetery, the group decides to head to visit the old Hardesty homestead, passing by a slaughterhouse on the way there. When they spot a hitchhiker walking down the road, Jerry decides to pick him up so he doesn’t die from the heat but Pam and Sally have some reservations about the man. When the hitchhiker gets in the van, Franklin asks if he was by the slaughterhouse and the hitchhiker says that his whole family used to work there, showing Franklin pictures of the cows he had killed. When Franklin starts playing with his pocket knife, the hitchhiker suddenly grabs it and slashes his hand, then hands the knife back to Franklin before showing them the straight razor he carries.. The hitchhiker then pulls out a camera and starts taking pictures of everyone, then asks for $2 for the pictures. When they refuse, the hitchhiker proceeds to burn the picture, then grabs Franklin’s arm and cut it with his straight razor. Jerry pulls over and they kick the hitchhiker out of the van, where he proceeds to smear his bloody hand on the side of the van while making faces at Franklin as they drive off. Disturbed by the incident, the group continues down the road and stops at a gas station but the owner tells them he is out of gas at the moment and the transport won’t be there till later that afternoon. As the girls go to use the restroom and get some sodas, Franklin asks the owner if he knows the way to his grandfather’s old house and the owner says he does but recommends they don’t go there, as they are likely to get hurt. The group heads out anyways, making plans to return to the station later to get gas, and they eventually arrive at the house. As Sally leads the others inside the house to show them around, Franklin stares at the blood smear on the van, worrying that the hitchhiker might try to follow them. When Franklin heads inside, he hears everyone laughing upstairs and starts feeling dejected, as he is unable to join them. Kirk and Pam head downstairs and ask Franklin about the swimming hole he said was around there. Franklin tells them where to go and they head off only to find that the creek has long since dried up. Seeing a farmhouse nearby, Kirk and Pam head towards it to see if they might have any gas they can borrow. Reaching the house, Kirk knocks on the door and calls out but receives no answer so, finding the door unlocked, he heads inside. Hearing a sound coming from a room filled with animal skulls, Kirk moves forward to investigate when Leatherface, a large man wearing a mask made from a human face, suddenly appears and kills Kirk by hitting him in the head with a mallet, then drags him into the room and closes the door. Getting worried that Kirk hasn’t come out of the house, Pam heads inside to look for him. As she looks around, she trips and falls into a room that is full of human and animal bones, with furniture made from the bones and skin. Pam runs out of the house just as Leatherface emerges from the room and he grabs her and takes her into the room, then impales her on a meat hook, where she is forced to watch as Leatherface uses a chainsaw to start carving up Kirk. As the sun starts to set, Jerry decides to go looking for Kirk and Pam and eventually makes his way to the house. Calling out for his friends, Jerry heads inside and, hearing what he thinks is Pam, makes his way towards the back room. Hearing something coming from the freezer, Jerry opens it to discover Pam inside and, she suddenly jerks and tries to get out of the freezer. Leatherface shows up and kills Jerry with the mallet, then stuffs Pam back in the freezer, checks the windows for anyone else in the area, then sits down in a chair. Back at the Hardesty house, Sally and Franklin are arguing about whether they should try to go and get help or look for their friends themselves. When Franklin discovers that Jerry took the keys with him, they decide to head out looking for them and make their way towards the creek. Seeing the lights from the house in the distance, they make their way there, with Sally pushing Franklin. Suddenly, Leatherface appears and uses his chainsaw to kill Franklin then chases after Sally, who goes running through the woods to try and escape. Making her way through the thick brush, Sally reaches the house and screams out for help, then heads inside and locks the door as Leatherface arrives and begins using the chainsaw to cut through the door. Sally runs upstairs screaming for help and enters an open room to find the desiccated corpses of an elderly couple, one of them looking more decayed than the other. Sally starts to head back downstairs only to find that Leatherface has finally made it through the door so she runs back upstairs and jumps out the window to escape. Sally goes running back through the woods, with Leatherface continuing to chase her, and eventually reaches the gas station. Sally races inside and the owner tries to calm the terrified girl down and when she says they need to call the police, he says there isn’t a phone there so they will have to drive to the station. As the owner goes to get his truck, Sally looks around his kitchen and notices that the meat he is smoking for his BBQ is actually human bodies. When the owner returns with his truck, he brings in a sack and some rope and Sally grabs a knife to try and defend herself but the owner attacks her with a broom and knocks her unconscious, then ties her up and covers her head with the sack before loading her in the truck and driving off. As he heads back to the house, the owner sees the hitchhiker walking towards the house and stops the truck, then berates the hitchhiker for leaving his brother alone at the house. They finally reach the house and the owner has the hitchhiker grab Sally and take her inside while he goes to berate Leatherface. The hitchhiker takes Sally into the dining room and ties her to a chair, then removes the bag from her head and when he recognizes Sally, begins taunting her. The owner tells the hitchhiker to go get their Grandpa and after asking Leatherface to help him, Sally is horrified to see them bringing the body of the old man from upstairs. The hitchhiker frees one of Sally’s arms and Leatherface cuts her fingers and moves it to the old man’s mouth and Sally starts screaming as it is revealed that the old man is still alive and he begins sucking the blood from her fingers. Sally passes out from terror overload and when she regains consciousness, she finds herself still seating and begins screaming again. Nubbins Sawyer (the hitchhiker) and Leatherface begins screaming as well until their older brother Drayton, the gas station owner, tells them to cut it out. Nubbins talks back to Drayton, arguing that he is just the cook while he and Leatherface do all the killing, and Drayton tells Nubbins to just get it over with. Nubbins decides to let Grandpa kill Sally and as Leatherface moves Grandpa’s chair and gives him a mallet, Nubbins unties Sally and drags her over to him. Grandpa’s grip is too weak and he constantly drops the hammer before eventually managing to hit Sally in the head but doesn’t kill her. Before he can hit her again, Sally manages to get free from Nubbins’ grip and jumps out a window to escape the house. The wounded Sally makes her way towards the road, with Nubbins chasing after her, followed by Leatherface. Nubbins begins slashing Sally with his razor as she reaches the road but ends up being hit by a semi. As the truck stops, Sally races towards the cab for help and the driver, seeing Leatherface approaching behind her, quickly drags her inside and closes the door. When Leatherface begins attacking the truck, Sally and the driver jump out the other side and run down the road, with Leatherface chasing them. The driver throws a heavy wrench at Leatherface, knocking him down and causing the chainsaw to cut into his leg. As the driver continues running down the road, Sally manages to flag down a passing pick-up and jumps in the back, narrowly avoiding being attacked by Leatherface. As the truck drives away, Sally begins laughing maniacally as the shock of everything overtakes her while Leatherface stands in the road, swinging his chainsaw in frustration at her getting away.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) initially drew mixed reviews but has since garnered a more favorable response from the critics, holding an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Thanks to a smart script and documentary-style camerawork, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre achieves start-to-finish suspense, making it a classic in low-budget exploitation cinema.” Inspired by the real life crimes of Ed Gein, director Tobe Hooper tried to limit the onscreen gore so he could get a PG rating but the MPAA gave the movie an R rating, while it would end up banned in several countries due to the violence. Even though numerous theaters pulled the movie after complaints about the violence, it would still end up being a box office smash, earning $30.9 million off of a $300,000 budget and would spawn numerous sequels and remakes over the years while being considered one of the most influential horror films in history.

Kudos to Tobe Hooper because he made one hell of a horror movie here. The acting was pretty good, especially considering that Hooper used mostly unknown actors in the movie. Gunnar Hansen’s portrayal of Leatherface would influence directors and actors in horror movies for decades to come, while Marilyn Burns did a great job as Sally, doing a great job projecting the terror she felt at everything happening to her. The story was great, with Ed Gein providing the basis for the cannibalistic Sawyer family. The tone was incredible, with all of the cuts that Tobe Hooper made to try and get a PG rating actually making the movie more effective as a horror movie, as you are left to imagine what happened in some of the cases, while the screaming helped accent the terror that people felt. I will say that the scene with Leatherface hanging Pam on the meat hook while he starts carving into Kirk, and her knowing that she is next being particularly terrifying. Due to the limited budget, Hooper couldn’t afford much in the way of special effects but he made good use of what he did with the make-up as well as the bone furniture in the house. A must see movie for any horror fan and actually a movie that is worth watching for any movie fan.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5

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January 19th, 2018 Movie – Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight

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Ahh, if there is one thing I remember during my late night TV viewing as a teenager, it is definitely the excitement I got when my parents got HBO and I was able to watch Tales From The Crypt. Being a horror movie fan, this was always a fun show to watch as I would get a short dose of horror that was usually a great way to unwind over the weekend. So when I heard that they were making a full length feature film episode, I was excited to go see it but never got the chance to see it in theaters. I did watch it when it came out on video and eventually got it on DVD when I had a chance. Now let’s see how well they did with today’s movie, Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight.

The plot: Prologue: A woman is talking to her lover on the phone and describing how she killed a man and placed him in a pot of boiling water. After inviting her lover over, she goes to take a bath but her victim returns to life and heads up the stairs with a small hatchet. Before he can kill her, the Crypt Keeper yells cut and berates the actor playing the dead man and orders everyone back to their places so they can reshoot it. As he heads back to his chair, the Crypt Keeper notices the audience and starts talking to them before showing them his latest work for Hollywood, Demon Knight.

Main Movie: Frank Brayker is driving down a dark road when he notices that he is being followed by another car. Brayker tries to avoid the other car but his car stalls out so he begins shooting the car, setting it on fire. When the other driver, The Collector, doesn’t stop heading for him, Brayker manages to get out of his car before the second car impacts it, causing both cars to explode and seemingly killing the other driver. As Brayker stands up, he looks at his hand, which has a star form next to 4 other stars already on it, and he quickly starts walking away. Brayker attempts to steal a car but a little kid sees him and calls out to his father, causing Brayker to run away before he is caught. As he catches his breath in an alley, Brayker encounters Uncle Willy, a local drunk, and Willy agrees to take Brayker to a place he can crash for the night. Back at the crash site, Sheriff Tupper and Deputy Bob are discussing the crash when The Collector appears and asks if they had seen Brayker. When the two confused officers attempt to question The Collector, he tells them that Brayker is dangerous and if he is in town, something bad will soon happen. Back in town, Willy takes Brayker to an old church, which has been turned into a boarding house and Brayker rents a room. While there, he meets the residents of the boarding house; the owner Irene, a prostitute named Cordelia, a postal worker named Wally, and a prisoner on work release named Jeryline. As Brayker is eating, a restaurant cook named Roach enters the church and as he prepares to spend time with Cordelia, he tells them about how someone had tried to kill his bosses car. Meanwhile, Tupper and Bob are interviewing the people about the attempted car theft when they get a call from the station, saying Irene called about Brayker, saying he was acting suspicious. When they arrive at the church, Brayker holds a knife to Jeryline’s throat and tells them to back away but The Collector says that he won’t kill her and Brayker reluctantly lets her go. After Tupper puts Brayker in handcuffs, The Collector sits down and asks him where his artifact is, telling Tupper and Bob that it is shaped like a key. Bob searches Brayker’s room but doesn’t find it and after they repeatedly question Brayker about it’s whereabouts, Willy says he knows where Brayker stashed it and pulls it out from underneath the table. As The Collector opens his suitcase and asks Willy to dump the liquid inside the artifact and place it inside, Tupper receives a call and grabs the key from Willy, saying that both cars were stolen and that he is taking both of them to the station to figure things out. The Collector punches his fist through Tupper’s face and as Bob goes for his gun, Brayker grabs the keys for the handcuffs and frees himself. Brayker uses the key to burn The Collector’s face, forcing him to jump out a nearby window. The Collector yells at Brayker and the others, then slices open his hand and begins splattering the ground with his blood, summoning demonic creatures from the ground where his blood touched. The creatures begin attacking  the hotel and Brayker defends the group, then uses the liquid from the key to form barriers on the doors and windows, killing the creatures if they try to cross. Roach wants to run, convincing Cordelia to come with him, but when they get attacked, he leaves Cordelia out there to die while he heads back inside. Wally, who is in love with Cordelia, manages to save her but he is injured in the process, and Brayker and Cordelia drag him back inside. After securing all the entrances, Brayker says they need to wait out the night cause if they step outside, the creatures will kill them, but Roach gets angry and says that the creatures are only after him and the key and they should just turn him over to them. As Brayker works on securing the upper floors, Jeryline tries talking to him and asks who he really is but he just answers that he is an old man running out of time. After Brayker is done, he heads back downstairs only to find that Jeryline’s cat has somehow made it back inside. Fearing it might be possessed, Brayker chases after it down to the basement, followed by Jeryline, Willy, and Irene, and after catching it, he determines it is safe, then discovers the crack that the cat had come in from and Bob and Willy say that there are some mine shafts that run under the town and it is probably one of them. Upstairs, Roach tries talking to Wally to convince him to work with him against Brayker but Wally refuses and Cordelia sticks up for Wally. Roach takes Cordelia to her room and smacks her and after he leaves, Cordelia hears The Collector talking to her in her head and she ends up being possessed. When Wally goes to check on Cordelia, she attacks and kills him, then attacks Brayker when he goes to investigate the noise. When Brayker goes for the key, Cordelia knocks it away from him and Irene grabs it and tries to use it but Cordelia rips her arm off. Brayker is finally able to kill Cordelia but the event causes everyone to rebel against Brayker and want to try and escape through the mines. Roach breaks down the wall and they head out, with Brayker forming a seal and following after them. As they are making their way through the mines, Jeryline finds Danny, the boy who had spotted Brayker trying to steal his dad’s car, hiding in the mine and as she goes to grab him, they are attacked by the boy’s parents, who have been possessed. They manage to escape and Brayker has everyone head back to the church, killing one of the demons as he leaves. After they are all safely inside, Roach decides to shoot his possessed boss but the resulting explosion from the demon destroys the seal, allowing them to enter the church. Brayker has everyone head upstairs to the second floor, where they are safe as some blood had created a seal when the key was knocked form Brayker’s hand during the fight with Cordelia. When everyone pressures Brayker to explain what is going on, he explains that during the creation of the Earth, the demons had 7 keys which they used to control the power of the cosmos to keep the world in darkness but God created light, which scattered the demons and the keys across the universe. The demons had managed to collect 6 of the keys and the 7th was on Earth but had been filled with the blood of Jesus and guarded by a thief. When the blood runs low, the guardian has to fill it with his own blood and hand it off to a new guardian, with Brayker himself having gotten it from his lieutenant in 1917 during WWI. After finishing his story, Jeryline notices Danny is missing and they split up to find him but Roach secretly steals the key from Brayker. As Jeryline looks for Danny, The Collector tries tempting her to help him but she refuses. Irene and Bob head up to the attic, where they find Willy up there drinking and Danny reading a comic book. Irene tells Willy to take Danny downstairs and get Brayker up there with the key, while she stays up there with Bob and they discover that Wally had a chest full of weapons that he was going to use to attack the post office. Brayker and Jeryline go looking for Willy and Danny only to have Brayker be attacked by a possessed Willy. Brayker manages to cut off Willy’s head but when the body keeps attacking him, Danny grabs the head and impales it’s eyes onto some deer antlers. Roach tries to bargain with The Collector for his life but after giving The Collector the key and erasing the seal on the stairs, The Collector has the demons kill Roach. As The Collector and the demons go after the others, Brayker shoots The Collector in the eye with an arrow, then grabs the case with the key. Bob and Irene tell Brayker, Jeryline, and Danny to head upstairs into the attic while they hold off the demons, then Irene pulls the pins on the grenades she is carrying, killing both her and Bob in order to kill the demons. In the attic, Danny ends up being possessed and mortally wounds Brayker before Jeryline can kill him. Brayker then tells Jeryline to refill the key with his blood and initiates her as the new Guardian. When Brayker dies, the seals he created all disappear and The Collector heads up to the attic. Jeryline attacks him with the key and heads downstairs to finish him off but The Collector attacks her and breaks her wrist. As he goes to finish her off, Jeryline stabs him in the eye with the key and while he is distracted, she takes a drink of blood from the key. The Collector continues to taunt her, saying he wants to take her with him back to Hell but Jeryline spits the blood into his face, causing him to explode. The next day, Jeryline boards a bus out of town, using some of the blood to form a seal on the doors. As the bus makes it’s way down the highway, it stops to pick up a man carrying a briefcase, the man starts to board the bus but stops and says he will wait for the next one, indicating that he is the new Collector. As the bus drives off, the man starts walking after it, whistling the Tales From The Crypt theme song.

Epilogue – The Crypt Keeper says Jeryline lives happily ever after, as he received a post card from her saying she is traveling the world. The Crypt Keeper then heads out to the premier of his movie, only to have the producers place him in a guillotine and cut off his head, causing him to laugh.

Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight met with mostly negative reviews from the critics, holding a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While there isn’t a critical consensus on the site, the critics all seemed to feel that it was lacking enough scares or substance to truly stand on it’s own. The movie was to be the first in a trilogy of Tales From The Crypt movies, with the Crypt Keeper giving the title of the next movie after the credits, but the original trilogy plan fell through and two different movies ended up finishing off the trilogy. The movie was a mild hit at the box office, earning $21.1 million off of a $12 million budget.

This is a pretty fun movie to watch and definitely fit well with the general theme of Tales From The Crypt. The acting was pretty good, with Billy Zane having a lot of fun as The Collector, while Thomas Haden Church did a great job as Roach but I was not too impressed with William Sadler, as I felt his portrayal of Brayker was kind of boring. The story was interesting, though I felt like the whole Biblical aspect was a little unnecessary. I also liked the open ended way the movie ended, as it really left it open for a sequel, like it was intended to be. The special effects were decent, but I honestly expected a little more since it was a feature film as most of them looked like it was basically from an episode of the show itself, not just a movie. As much as I enjoyed the movie, I probably enjoyed the soundtrack equally as much, if not more, and thought it fit perfectly with the movie. A fun movie to watch and definitely something any horror fan will want to watch.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5