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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The power of an immortal. The soul of a human. The heart of a hero. See more »


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)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The scene where Karen and Deacon are talking about the cure for vampirism initially ran a bit longer and answered the question of how the vampires would feed if everybody was turned into a vampire. They would keep some humans alive in giant blood bags to harvest them. The bags can still be seen in a doorway during the scene, and later played an integral part of the plot in Blade: Trinity (2004) See more »


After the encounter with Pearl and while Blade is held down by a couple of vampires in the scripture room, a vampire takes his sword and gets his hand chopped off like Quinn did earlier in the movie. When the sword hits the ground, we can see the handle is covered completely in blood. After reacquiring the sword while escaping and making a break for the subway tunnel, we can see the sword on blade's back again and the handle is completely clean without a trace of blood on it. See more »


Deacon Frost: How you doing, chief?
[Blade reaches for his gun]
Deacon Frost: Easy.
[pulls in a little girl closer to him]
Deacon Frost: Wouldn't want our little friend here to wind up in the back of a milk carton now, would we? It's nice to finally meet you, man. Had my eye on you for years. I know all about you. Your serum, Whistler. Everything.
Blade: [amused] Sunblock.
Deacon Frost: Hey, it's a start, right? The goal, of course, is to be like you - the Daywalker! You got the best of both worlds, don't you? All our strengths... none of our weaknesses.
Blade: Well...
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing New Line Cinema logos are in red. See more »


Referenced in The Visions of Stanley Kubrick (2007) See more »


Call & Response
Written by James Baker and Philip Aslett
Performed by Source Direct
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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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