Date: August 20,
1989 (CBS Sunday Night Movie)
It's taken two hundred years but this cop's past is about to catch up with him
This is the original movie pilot for the television
series Forever Knight. I can't pretend that I know too much about the
show itself or any of its similarities (or lack thereof) to Nick Knight
as I honestly never tuned in. But, with my keyboard poised at the ready,
I'll proceed cautiously forward to see exactly why this became a
Interestingly, Lacroix is not Knight's biggest worry,
just a worry. Everything to do with Knight's vampire master seems played
down a little; it's more of a subplot. Yes, there is a showdown between
hero and nemesis at the end but this is not the main focus. There are
some I'd-be-surprised-if-they-weren't-there romantic entanglements along
the way and a few unexpected plot twists. Some of the attempts at light
comedy work on minor levels while others fall completely flat. The one
really interesting aspect of the story is watching Knight try to be as
human as possible while attempting to fight his vampire nature. He's
trusted his secret to a doctor friend in hopes that between them they
might find a way to force Nick's humanity. More often than not the
performances are on target but occasionally some actors slip into some
pretty hammy melodrama, nothing too over the top but noticeable
nonetheless. The movie as a whole is fair. It isn't a failure but it
isn't quite a success either. It's one of those odd flicks that sort of
floats in between, deep in cinematic limbo. Nick Knight (the movie) is
constantly battling against itself; it gets involving but then becomes
mundane. It has atmosphere but then becomes monotonous. It has
originality but then falls into clichés... etc. etc. etc.
Review by Michael Mackey staff writer at monstersatplay.com
This is certainly not what I would consider a great vampire flick as far as actual vampire stories go. It's a pretty good movie in the cop/mystery genre though. I am a lover of vampire movies, and especially the stories with a tormented & guilty vampire such as Interview With The Vampire with Louie (one of my all time favorite movies) and also The Lost Boys with the tortured & guilt-ridden Michael. The Lost Boys had some jokes and humor scattered throughout the plot, which I liked…and Nick Knight does too. I give credit to Nick's partner "Skanky," for the comedy moments.
Nick Knight is a vampire/cop who works his shift at night, and sleeps by day. He lives in an abandoned theatre with an interior that needs some major work done! He watches sunrises on his many TV's, eats nearly raw hamburger meat, and drinks animal blood which he warms in the microwave---anything to keep from killing and being the vampire he really is. He does in fact have a conscience and refuses to kill for blood. The only one who knows about his secret life is Jack, his forensic scientist friend, who is always trying to help him come on over to the human side. He is up against the vampire Lacroix, the one who "made him," as he has seeked Nick out once again.
I don't think the people who put this together got the concept of how to make Rick look like a "sexy vampire" as is so often how it's done now, in some of the more recent vampire flicks. He is not even a SCARY vampire, at least not to me. It didn't frighten me in the least. I guess this goes to show how far special effects have come over the years. I don't think scary is really what the movie was aiming for anyway. BUT….with all that being said, I do like this movie a lot. Now, here`s the question I keep asking myself…if Rick were not a part of the movie, would I continue to watch it from time to time?? No, I'm quite sure I wouldn't. The music in Nick Knight is pretty good (I especially like the songs Human and Mystify). I also like the relationship between Nick and his partner Skanky, and it's one of the movies' highlights for me. Skanky cracks me up! The man never shuts up and I get a kick out of how he is constantly badgering Nick and Nick just blows him off most of the time. Nick discovers that Skanky is going to be his partner and he pretends to pass his gun to the police chief and says, "shoot me." LOL I also love the friendship between Nick and Jack, his scientist friend. The "romance" if that is what one would call it, between Nick and Dr. Hunter (the museum curator) was a bit hurried in my opinion. I thought that they had a pretty decent chemistry between them, but it didn't seem like it was built up enough. Of course, the movie was not meant to be a romance by any means, so maybe that is why. And that could be considered a good thing, since it's not so "hard" or emotional on the viewer at the end of the movie.
Rick looks absolutely sexy in this movie too!!! He looks awesome in the color blue, blue jeans (tight blue jeans that is!) and leather. That man is built to kill! He has got to be the hottest cop I've ever seen, looking very sharp cruising around in his 1959 Cadillac convertible. He had a great haircut during this time too. I also like how he has some stubble in this movie, which gives us a really cute scene of Nick shaving and running around his apartment with his shirt off. Ooo la la!
I think the sentiment is very nice in the story about Nick having love for the homeless folks. Nick cares a lot about the street people, considers them his friends, and checks on them daily. They obviously adore him as well. Unfortunately several of his homeless friends lose their lives to a vampire. The first time I saw this, I wasn't real sure if the killer was Nick or someone else.
|Some of my favorite lines: Nick talking to Jack about drinking blood from a wine bottle---"I am what I am, and I don't think Betty Ford takes vampires," Nick talking to the women who run the tanning bed, right after he hit the panic button and they come to see about him---"I got a little claustrophobic, it's a coffin in there," Nick talking to the mobs of reporters at one of the crime scenes---"why don't you folks go home and watch David Letterman. I've got work to do!" Nick talking to Skanky about Skanky`s marriage----"Man that must feel good to wake up with a woman every morning." Skanky`s reply---"That's no woman, that's my wife you're talking about." There are so many lines in this movie that make me smile or chuckle that I could on and on with them. These are only a few.
I got a kick out of the scene where Skanky goes to pick up Nicks precious Caddy from the impound lot, and takes off in it. The car is Nick's "baby" and he told Skanky he loved that year in a Caddy because "it has a lot of trunk space." LOL Skanky had no idea that Nick was asleep in the trunk for the night, and had just woke up, minutes before he pulls out in it. Nick hears him talking and knows it's his partner who is driving. Skanky "loses" his breaks and wrecks the Caddy. I thought it was quite funny when Nick busts Skanky…hopping out of the trunk and surprising him! Skanky just knew he was dead meat for wrecking the Caddy.
Favorite scene? There are a few…one being the part where Dr. Hunter discovers a picture of Nick from 100's of years ago in one of her archaeology books. She scans the picture, enlarging it to be sure it really is him. Right when she realizes it is in fact him, he appears behind her and startles her to death. They have some interesting conversation about Dr. Hunter's love of the night and the past as Nick appears to be "stalking" her. She is talking and backing away from Nick and he continues to approach her. I thought that was a pretty hot little scene with a lot of close-ups of Rick's amazing eyes. He then kisses her…very sexy part…and as she's hugging him she tells him how she feels so safe now that he's there. I thought that was pretty funny considering she was in the arms of a vampire! Little did she know….he begins to transform into a vampire over her shoulder and nearly bites her. He leaves in a hurry before he hurts her. It is not long before she is trying to get Nick to confess to her that he is a vampire. He beats all the way around the subject, but she ends up seeing for herself when he faces up to his master…the evil vampire Lacroix.
I also like the scene of "the morning after" at Nick's apartment. Jack finds Nick there, tormented and angry with himself. He tells Jack that he kissed Elise last night and then nearly killed her. They have an argument because Nick is sipping on blood and Jack tells him that he will never become fully human if he continues to feed on blood. I thought Rick's acting in this scene was incredible. There were tears and expressions of real pain and sorrow. He tells Jack, "you have no idea what it's like to watch those you love grow old and die, and never have a real relationship with a woman." (HA! Oh yeah…that is NICK talking…not Rick!)
Lacroix has stolen a goblet from the museum which holds magical powers. Blood can be poured from goblet to goblet and then drank, supposedly curing vampirism. Lacroix is the one killing the homeless people, draining them of their blood. All the homeless victims were blood donors with O negative blood. In the end, Lacroix and Nick face off…and "justice" is served.
I would love to know what Rick thinks of this movie when he looks back on it, if in fact he HAS watched it since then. Something tells me he would probably get a laugh out of the makeup they used on him to try and make him look like a "frightening" vampire! But this movie is certainly not one he should hang his head about. His acting was superb as always, and the movie was pretty good. I think it is unfortunate that Rick did not continue on with this once it became a TV series. That would have made us Rick fans very happy! - Kelley Pearson