If you needed proof that ’90s movies were built different, look no further than TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT. It’s a practical effect-driven spinoff of a horror comedy anthology from a Black director, sprinkled with bare-breasted ladies, centered around a mixed-race cast, set in the Southwest, and starring Billy Zane as an ooze-filled demon and Jada Pinkett as a quietly brooding Final Girl. It’s a whole moment in horror history, and a young Akela Cooper — the same Akela Cooper who would go on to write M3GAN and MALIGNANT — saved up over $40 to buy it on VHS after her parents missed taking her to see in in theaters.
All that, plus some flowers for Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh as we do our part to push for EEAAO for Everything this awards season.
With Jordan Crucchiola and Akela Cooper
In this episode...
- Akela Cooper
About the show
On Feeling Seen, writer and general enthusiast Jordan Crucchiola invites filmmakers, writers, comedians, and artists to discuss the movie characters that made them “feel seen.” It’s about that instant when a person connects to a piece of art so deeply that they see themselves reflected in it. Every week Jordan gabs it up with a guest about those magical moments when they were watching a film and realized, “That’s me!” It’s an informative, funny, and comforting show about our intimate relationship with movies, the impact they have on our lives, and how they influence our art.