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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2000
I never understood why so many people hate this movie. Even Fangoria called it 'abysmal'. But I consider it a worthy follow-up to the delicious Demon Knight. It has brilliant acting: Dennis Miller is a treat as smartass private eye. Angie Everhart is not only the hottest female vampire in years, no, she even proves that she can actually act. Corey Feldman has one of his very few good roles. But who really chews the scenery is Chris Sarandon (Fright Night), one of the most underrated actors ever: His performance as a TV preacher alone makes this movie worth watching. Only Erika Eleniak is rather miscast. And watch out for Demon Knight veteran William Sadler (another underestimated actor) as mummy. The make-up F/X are not only unbelievably gory for an R-rated movie; they're so excellent they even surprise genre buffs who thought they've seen it all. The characters are wonderfully weird, and although there's loads of black humour in it, I'm glad Bordello of Blood never turns in a fun-splatter movie and still provides some chills. Even if you heard it's awful: Give it a try! It's more than just another vampire movie and has more imaginery than all those new teen horror films that Scream spawned together. I just hope there'll be a final part to the Tales from the Crypt full-length-feature trilogy.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2004
This disk collects the two Tales From the Crypt movies on one side of a single disk. For some reason the menu has the second movie listed first.

In the first movie, Billy Zane is excellent as a demon looking for a final key so that the demons can retake the universe. This is the story of his battle with the current Demon Knight, the protector of the key. Wonderfully crafted and dark.

The second movie, Bordello of Blood, is a more tongue-in-cheek T&A-fest and lacks the dark seriousness of the first. Lilith, the queen of all vampires, has been awakened. She can be controlled by a key (the one from the first movie). She has set up a bordello to lure victims to her hunger. Dennis Miller is his wise-cracking self as he portrays a down-and-out private investigator looking for a missing person.

It is nice not to have to flip the disk over or insert a new disk but there is no room for real extras (we do get the original trailers). Seeing the two films together really showcases the extreme difference between the two. The first is dark, well-written and well-acted. The second is gratuitous, crass and just not quite as good (although it is fun in its own way). Now they are together at a reasonable price.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 10, 2004
An entertaining double creature--er, that is, double feature inspired by TV's TALES FROM THE CRYPT (which was itself inspired by the identically titled, delightfully decadent EC Comics of the 1950s).

First on the bill is DEMON KNIGHT (1995). On the surface, this one's a typical tale of good-versus-evil, with a noble agent of Heaven working to protect mankind from an evil Demon who, with the help of his minions, seeks to throw a veil of darkness over the universe and oppress mankind in the process. Trite, yes, but a good script, a talented cast (including Billy Zane as the wonderfully smarmy Demon), and high production values raise this one a notch or two above the average morality play. The weakest element of the film is the Crypt-Keeper wraparound, which has too much of the TV show's cheesy feel (though it does feature an uncredited cameo by John Larroquette, whom hardcore genre fans know to be the opening narrator for 1974's original TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE). The story proper was drawn from a script originally written independently of the TV series--which is probably why it rises head and shoulders above it--and many of its elements read like a homage to George Romero's classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) more than as an offspring of the series or the comics that inspired it.

The second feature is BORDELLO OF BLOOD (1996). Many fans and critics have panned this one as an bromidic and therefore unworthy follow-up to DEMON KNIGHT, and while it is true that many of the story elements are worn vampire-movie clichés, the film certainly delivers what having TALES FROM THE CRYPT in the title promises to genre fans. The plot involves a beautiful redheaded super-vampiress who is manipulated by a smug, ingratiating Christian evangelist into running a vampire brothel that serves to lure society's undesirables to their doom. Chris Sarandon riotously chews the scenery as the perverse proselytizer, and SNL alum Dennis Miller delivers lots of laughs as a cynical PI hired to locate a teenage victim of the whoring vamps. The film's biggest fault is probably the gratuitous T&A and the misogynistic undertones, but considering that 50% of the mainstream film industry's target audience is horny teenage males, such elements are hardly surprising. In other words, BORDELLO OF BLOOD is admittedly not high cinema, but there are loads of things to keep genre fans interested, and its overall tone is more in line with the TV show that spawned it than was its predecessor, DEMON KNIGHT.

The digital transfers of both films are clear and crisp, and while short on extras, each film is paired with its original theatrical trailer. All in all, this DVD duo is well worth the reasonable asking price.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2004
Bordello of Blood is the second Tales From the Crypt movie, and I found it very enjoyable.
Unlike the first movie (Demon Knight) this movie did not start out with the television show's opening. It opened more like a movie than an extra long episode.
Bordello of Blood is the story of a down-on-his-luck private investigator (Dennis Miller) looking for a missing teenager. The search leads him to a funeral home that is a front for a bordello run by vampires. Miller's client tells him to drop the case but he really needs the case to succeed if he is going to get his license back. Miller investigates and plays a very savvy investigator who doesn't fall for anyone's lines and is not surprised by what he finds. Added to this is television evangelism, the lore of vampires and their origin, and the key from the first movie.
The action is similar to the series with the same tongue-in-cheek humor (possibly even more so). I particularly liked the investigator's resourcefulness in eliminating the vampires (a long-range, large-capacity squirt gun filled with holy water) and the vampire applying the SPF100 sun block.
If you like Tales From the Crypt, there is no reason you will not like this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2004
Tales from the Crypt debuted on HBO in fall of 1989. What followed was an absolute phenomenon. The series broadcasted on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. Our pal Crypty went on to be the horror host from Bulgaria to Brazil, from Malaysia to Morocco, from Nicaragua to New Zealand. It went on to last more years as a television show than it did a comic book.

Unfortunately, do to the ineptitude of HBO Video's releasing of the series, Tales from the Crypt has been all but boycotted (note the sales ranks and lack of reviews of both the films and the TV episodes which remain on lackluster VHS). However, what we are left with is a dynamite 93-episode run, and two film spin-offs, including one of the greatest holed-up-in-a-house- with-demons-outside flicks of all time, and a fairly amusing Dennis Miller vehicle.

Both movie spin-offs have been packaged together, with the main attraction being Demon Knight, which was a much larger success both monetarily and critically, and the far less stellar Bordello of Blood being thrown in as sort of a freebee.

DEMON KNIGHT (*****) Demon Knight features a duo of career-highlight performances. WILLIAM SADLER as the hero demon-killer armed only with a six-shooter and a vial of Christ's blood, and (even better) is an Oscar-worthy (!) performance from BILLY ZANE as the knight of the title. How, you ask, could a performance in a movie called "Tales from the Crypt presents Demon Knight" be worthy of an Academy Award? Well, Zane's wicked genius has to be seen to believed. What we have here is a top-notch effort from everyone involved, fully worthy to the series that preceded it.

BORDELLO OF BLOOD (***) Unfortunately, by the time the pseudo-sequel to the superior Demon Knight finally came out, the entire franchise had all but run out of steem. Writers were quitting the show, talent was harder to find, and a softer, more tongue-in-cheek style was all but invading. Bordello of Blood suffers from these things, but not as much as the scathing reviews you may read would suggest. PHIL FONDACARO, one of the best "little person" actors in the business today, gives a fine performance as one of the lead villians, as does DENNIS MILLER as a witty gumshoe. However the real surprise are the two former playmates, ANGIE EVERHART and ERIKA ELENIAK. It is a shame, however, that with their amazing figures, they were the only two females not to disrobe in the film...

Overall package (****) Yes, one film is obviously superior to the other, and there are no extras to be seen, but buying this set brings us just a little bit closer to HBO ultimately releasing the show on DVD, and ending the age-old boycott. So, buy one for yourself, and three for your friends!

-Sean L.

7-31-04
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Let me first start this off by saying any movie with Corey Feldman in it will automatically lose one star from me. That done let me repair that by saying any film with Erika Eleniak in it will receive one bonus star.
Tales From the Crypt's second feature is little more than a campy vampire tale. It is the tale of the Queen of the vampires 'Lillith' (erotically portrayed by the best looking redhead in film, Angie Everhart).
Dennis Miller, is his wise cracking self throughout this movie. I wondered whether there was a script or not for him, as he just kid of flows through the film with jokes in every second line..perhaps he adlibbed the whole thing. Well, his character is a hardluck P.I. whom happens across a lovely lady in distress, the ever so religious Erika Eleniak.
Eleniak's brother (Feldman) is missing. The cops are too overworked between meals so she decides to hire Miller. He finds out that her brother went to a vampire whorehouse.
Chris Sarandon who played a T.V. Reverend in this movie plays a confusing character to me. Sometimes he seems the Swaggarty Bakerish type of corrupt evangelist, sometimes he seems like a crusader for God. Hard to tell. Regardless he didn't have a major role in the film.
There is plenty of nudity in the film, and combined with Miller's and Everhart's (who looks gorgeous did I mention that...but could not tell a joke and act well) wisecracking made it a pretty campy affair. With all the nudity, they couldn't have shown it from one of the major stars like Eleniak or Everhart?? Come on Cryptkeeper get with it!
It surprised me the way the Tales From the Crypt people have gone, especially after Demon Knight.
The DVD itself has nothing extra just like Demon Knight's. No extra audio tracks, no commentary, no features whatsoever. There is a chapter selection.
It was cute seeing William Sadler return for a cameo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2008
Ignore the bad reviews and buy this movie!!
This was a thoroughly enjoyable flick! It's just like a "Tales From The Crypt" episode with that mix of horror and humour. Angie Everhart is one damn hot and sexy vampire and does a superb job as Lillith, the head vampire! Never really was a fan of Dennis Miller but he is great with the one-liners and I really enjoyed his presence in this!
A story about a bordello masquerading as a creepy funeral home, with Angie Everhart and a bunch of naked vampire hookers! What more can you want?! This was a really fun movie!! I rented this years ago, then went back and bought it I loved it so much! Blows away many of the newer horror crap that's out there today! How come Hollywood can only come up with remakes these days??
This was a well put together fun, sexy, and scary flick with great acting on the part of all the actors. Yea, maybe a little camp here and there, but it works well and fits the "Tales" style of horror. I am generally picky, especially with horror flicks, in fact I'm not big on humour in movies either, but this movie was enjoyable from start to finish! One of my all-time favs!
Go out and treat yourself to this enjoyable movie, you won't regret it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I hate all kinds of critics,especially movie critics(amateur and professional ones).They are really frustrated people as well as party-poopers!Don't pay attention to the bad reviews you may come across here.This movie is one of the best horror flicks I've ever seen.There's comedy/black humor,blood,guts,great special effects and great acting - all in one helluva story.The plot: After 10 long years a Tomb Raider finds Lilith-he mother of all vampires.He knows that he who resurrects Lilith can control her.Of course all he wants is money,prestige and power.The brothel is just a cover-up for underhanded schemes to get what he desires,and for Lilith to get what she needs : blood.Now, if you want further info watch this.I've never been to a brothel in my life,but I'm sure it's not as fun as this film is !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The second (but hopefully not last) Tales From the Crypt film, Bordello of Blood is as nasty as it's title implies. Full of scantily clad vampire women and loaded with a surprising amount of gore for an R-rated movie, this film is pure trashy horror fun with comedian Dennis Miller playing a private eye who stumbles upon a bordello full of vampires being funded by an evangilist (Chris Sarandon). Plenty of toungue-in-cheek dark humor, hot babes, and wild gore; Bordello of Blood doesn't hit the same greatness as Demon Knight, but it doesn't try to either. Also featuring Erika Eleniak, Corey Feldman, and Angie Everhart as the mouthwatering vampire master.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2005
Tales From the Crypt Present Demon Knight is a great zombie flick it has its scarys and its funny and great acting and it has the hot Billy Zane in it!!!!! Bordello of Blood would have to be a great sexy vampire movie and i think that the acting is amazing both of these horror flicks are a must and you would enjoy these over and over again!!!!!!
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