Demon Knight (also known as Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight) was a rollicking, dynamic horror film that managed to offer a lot on a tight budget. In fact, because it was initially so small, we almost didn't get to witness those feisty, nightmare-inducing demons in all their repulsive glory. Still, the movie contained many quotable one-liners and memorable characters. Unfortunately, despite its cult-classic status, a true sequel of the story never happened. But there's never been a better time than now to make that dream a reality. Here are five reasons why I think a true Demon Knight sequel should happen.
1. The Actors Are Still Relevant
Jada Pinkett Smith, one of the stars of the movie (before she became a household name), is killing it right now as Gotham's Fish Mooney. Her character brings an energy to the screen that just pops. The popularity of the show and the popularity of the character could potentially lend to some great PR for a Demon Knight sequel.
And let's not forget Billy Zane. Sure, his character met the end that almost all supernatural baddies do in movies like this, but when has that ever stopped them? I'd say a resurrection of the collector demon is in order. Billy Zane also has a sizable genre fan base, and his evil charisma in the role is unforgettable.
2. Ernest Dickerson
Ernest Dickerson, the director, has gone on to helm episodes of the wildly engaging The Walking Dead, proving that he has what it takes to direct bigger budget projects. With a good eye for horror, a solidly-done Demon Knight sequel at this stage in his career could prove to be profitable.
3. No Better Time For The Sub-Genre
There's never been a better time for apocalyptic-style entertainment with “chosen one” heroes. From movies like Resident Evil, to shows like Supernatural and The Walking Dead, this sub-genre has proven to be a huge fan favorite. What's not to love?
4. Tales From The Crypt Is Getting A Reboot
The Tales from the Crypt series is getting a reboot on TNT. If there's a new TFtC television show (even without the Crypt Keeper), why not a Demon Knight sequel along the same lines? Makes perfect sense to me.
5. New Technology, New Budgets
Budget was a major concern on the first film. While considerations in that area are still an important factor, indie filmmakers over the last couple of decades have been delivering some amazing movies on small and medium-sized budgets. It wouldn't do to skimp on a fan favorite like Demon Knight, but with advances in technology there are possibilities like never before in film.
And there you have it, folks. Five (out of many) reasons why a Demon Knight sequel needs to get made.
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What do you think of creating a sequel to Demon Knight?