Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood

on August 16, 1996 by Dwayne E. Leslie
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   In this second silver-screen venture spawned from the HBO series "Tales From the Crypt," demons still dwell among the living. Lilith (Angie Everhart) and her crew of voluptuous vampires set out to quench their hunger with those seeking an adulterous adventure at her bordello. When the brother (Corey Feldman) of a young woman named Katherine ("The Beverly Hillbillies'" Erika Eleniak) disappears, she hires a detective (Dennis Miller) to find him. His investigation leads him to Lilith's house of (ev)ill-repute, and together with a local evangelist (Chris Sarandon) he attempts to thwart the iniquitous infestation.
   This crude horror gawk-fest has all the necessary elements to elevate testosterone levels. A bevy of scantily clad and overly proportioned beauties coupled with a level of graphic violence that outodes predecessor "Demon Knight" in the blood-and-gore category makes this a worthwhile trip for male teens. The action begins with a tongue going down a throat to push a heart out a living chest; the film ends with better exploding bodies than "From Dusk Till Dawn." Why, it's the best exploding bodies movie of the year.
   Yet, even though "Bordello of Blood" is better than "Demon Knight," it still doesn't offer full-fang thrills. Nudity and profanity are already staples of pay-cable; the only difference here is a bigger special-effects budget and an additional half-hour of story. If a moviegoer had never seen the original HBO versions but had caught only the cleaned-up Crypt Keeper on the Fox network, "Bordello of Blood" could be a pleasing surprise. But the series' die-hard fans will be left wanting.
   Everhart's Lilith is great to look at, but it's Miller's performance that stands out. Although he's missed the mark in the likes of "The Net," here Miller is dead on, his character getting the audience behind him and cheering as he's kicking vampire butt.    Starring Dennis Miller, Angie Everhart, Erika Eleniak and Chris Sarandon. Directed by Gilbert Adler. Written by Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis, A.L. Katz and Gilbert Adler. Produced by Gilbert Adler and A.L. Katz. A Universal release. Horror. Rated R.
Tags: Starring Dennis Miller, Angie Everhart, Erika Eleniak and Chris Sarandon. Directed by Gilbert Adler. Written by Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis, A.L. Katz, Gilbert Adler, Produced by Gilbert Adler, Erika Eleniak and Chris Sarandon. Directed by Gilbert Adler, Written by Bob Gale, A.L. Katz and Gilbert Adler, Universal release, Horror
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