I thought for this installment of Bound By Horror I'd switch things up a bit and talk about an older horror movie. The movie Demon Knight. In case you don't know what that it is, it is the first of the Tales from the Crypt movies. Tales from the Crypt is one of my favorite TV shows and this movie can hold it's own with the best of episodes.
I remember the first time I watched it the film sucked me in. I couldn't wait to find out what happened, it just filled my head with so many thoughts. My mind raced with ideas for stories of my own. It is the type of film that just inspires you.
The story involves William Sadler, an amazing actor, who has a relic that is filled with blood that allows him to keep demons from crossing. The main demon is after the relic, which we learn is filled with the blood of the last guardian that protected the key as they die. The relic makes the guardian immortal so that they can protect it for as long as possible. It's a job that must always exist because there will always be someone after the relic even once you destroy the collector demon.
It may sound like a simple story, and maybe on it's head it is, but there is just something about it that draws you in in a way that other movies don't. The idea of a relic being so important that it must always be protected is just such an interesting concept that my imagination can't help but run away with the idea. Now to be fair it isn't the only film to have this idea, it isn't even the only film to do this idea well, we must never forget Indiana Jones and the last crusade, my personal favorite of the series. There is just something about having a destiny that is so important, so much bigger than yourself that it defines you that just speaks to me. Maybe it's the romantic in me, but as a child that was all I ever wanted. To be important, to be special. To do something with my life that had meaning, even if no one else knew about it.
A lot of movies deal with having an important destiny but they tend to reward the hero with fame and that takes away from it. I've always felt that if you do something good and take credit for it than you didn't do it to help people, you did it to get credit for it. That doesn't make you a hero, that makes you a celebrity and who wants that? Demon Knight on the other hand, is a movie about a mysterious hero, a knight if you will, who shows up late at night saves the day and moves on. Well, that's the idea it portrays. To find out what really happens you need to watch it!
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