November 12, 2021
Screen Slate Presents: Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight (35mm)November 12, 2021
Horror / 1995 / 92 minutes
In 1995 The Cryptkeeper made the transition to the big screen with this story about Jada Pinkett (pre-Smith) battling satanic hordes in a rundown hotel. Despite the “Tales from the Crypt” framing device, it’s an original story that ranks among the very best horror films of the 90s. Spike Lee cinematographer-turned-director Ernest K. Dickerson, who also shot Def By Temptation, brings a unique style to the proceedings, with a cool, smokey palette splattered in neon green demon blood. And Billy Zane easily out-performs his subsequent role in Titanic as “The Collector,” a charming representative of the forces of evil who tries to seduce Pinkett to the dark side. Sort of a Howard Hawks movie with brain splattering (the special effects are top-notch), Demon Knight is an essential big screen experience.
Demon Knight screens alongside Def By Temptation, which has the unmistakable sheen of Dickerson’s cinematography and a similarly demonic bent.
Screen Slate Presents: Def By TemptationNovember 12, 2021
DEF BY TEMPTATION (James Bond III, 1990) - DCP
A succubus haunts the dive bars of Bed-Stuy in this sleeper indie horror banger from one-time director (and star, writer, composer, etc.) James Bond III. Bond and Kadeem Hardison play reunited childhood friends—respectively an aspiring priest and struggling actor—who find themselves wrapped up in a slew of demonic sex murders. Bill Nunn is a detective looking into the mysterious disappearances of the men, who were last seen with a ravishing woman (Cynthia Bond, no relation to the filmmaker). Gory, stylish, funny, and with thoughtful ruminations on friendship and religion that recall Cassavettes and Scorsese, Def By Temptation is increasingly recognized as one of the best indie horror films of the era. And if nothing else, it also has an incredible soundtrack of smooth R&B and New Jack Swing (produced of course by James Bond III).
Def By Temptation is scheduled alongside Demon Knight by the film’s cinematographer Ernest K. Dickerson, who also shot films such as Do the Right Thing, School Daze, and Mo’ Better Blues around the same time with many of the same cast.