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Blade (1998)

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A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.



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In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil. When Blade witnesses a vampire bite Dr. Karen Jenson, he fights away the beast and takes Jenson back to his hideout. Here, alongside Abraham Whistler, Blade attempts to help heal Jenson. The vampire Quinn who was attacked by Blade, reports back to his master Deacon Frost, who is planning a huge surprise for the human population. Written by Film_Fan

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Action | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong, pervasive vampire violence and gore, language, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blade, the Vampire Slayer  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,073,856 (USA) (21 August 1998)


£6,161,443 (UK) (8 January 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Blade's car is a 1968 Dodge Charger with various modifications. See more »


When Blade first opens the freezer to get to Pearl, there is lettuce in the top shelf. When he reopens the freezer and starts down the stairs, the top shelf has a tray covered in foil on it and the lettuce is gone. See more »


Deacon Frost: You may wake up one day and find yourself extinct.
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »


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Written by Naoko Yamano
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User Reviews

Great Vampire Flick
24 December 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Wesley Snipes is perfectly cast as Blade, a half human, half vampire known the daywalker. He has all their strengths and his only weakness is the thirst for blood. Since he teamed up with whistler (Kris Kristofferson) he has hunted down vampires who have lived amongst us unnoticed for centuries, but omnipotent overlord Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) is tired of living in harmony with the humans (Food as he calls them) and he plans to waken the blood god and take control of the world.

This movie is well cast, written and directed; ensuring the viewer has a thrilling ride from start to finish. Packed with great fight sequences and slick dialogue, Blade is certainly more action than horror, but it definitely delivers.


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