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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Blade can be found here.

Instead of giving in to his thirst, half-vampire Eric "Blade" Brooks (Wesley Snipes) uses his vampiric strengths and the weapons designed for him by his mentor Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) to protect humans and destroy vampires. Aided by Whistler and Dr Karen Jenson (N'Bushe Wright), a hematologist whom Blade rescued after she was bitten by a vampire, they search for a way to assuage Blade's growing thirst for blood. Meanwhile, the vampire nation is undergoing a schism. Purebloods led by Dragonetti (Udo Kier) wish to maintain a peaceful co-existence with humans, while turned-vampire Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) wants to reign over human "cattle" and intends to awaken the blood god La Magra in order to do so. Unfortunately, Frost needs Blade's blood to do it.

Blade is based on a vampire hunter featured in Marvel Comics. He was created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan. Blade's first appearance was in The Tomb of Dracula #10 (July 1973) as a supporting character. The comic book Blade was adapted for the movie by American screenwriter David Goyer. The movie Blade was followed by two sequels, Blade II (2002) and Blade: Trinity (2004).

In the Blade universe, there are two ways to become a vampire. One is to be born vampire (a "pureblood"), and the other is to be bitten by one. In Blade's case, his pregnant human mother was bitten by a vampire just before giving birth. Although he began life as a human, the vampire trait is now a part of his DNA. Blade possesses all of their strengths (e.g., speed, strength). However, other than the thirst for blood, he possesses none of their weaknesses, e.g., aversion to sunlight, giving rise to his nickname "Daywalker".

The name of the song is "Chinchin". The words come from a kindergarten song used by Japanese girls to embarrass one another, beginning "chinchin, burabura, souseiji!", "chinchin" being slang or childish term for "penis", "burabura" being a Japanese "gitaigo" (a sort of abstract onomatopoeia term referring to something which is both hung from something else and moving), and "souseiji", a transliteration of the word "sausage". Use your imagination.

The band is the Osaka group, "Bang Wa Cherry", its two members being Kuriyama Kyoko and Takahime Mesuko. Their MySpace page is here. Bang Wa Cherry is unsigned, has no albums available, and apparently no other songs (at least recorded ones) other than the performance of the above-mentioned song in Blade. They are, however, reported to occasionally do unpublicized club appearances in the Osaka area.

1968 Dodge Charger. (Although all '68 through '70 Chargers share the same body! Only the bumpers, lights, and various trim-- which the automobile industry refers to as "cosmetics--" vary from year to year.) More info on this car and the other vehicles seen in the film is here.

He was wearing sunblock, presumably a custom sunblock for Vampires that has very high UV protection.

In traditional lore, a "familiar" is an animal who works for a witch. In this movie, a "familiar" is a human who works for/with vampires. They usually have one vampire who is their master and if they prove themselves useful, the vampire will make them a vampire, too.

Karen frees Blade from the bloodletting device, but he has been so drained that he can't even stand. She allows him to feed on her blood, restoring his strength. After "releasing" his mother, Blade makes his way to the Temple of Eternal Night, where Deacon Frost has succeeded in turning himself into La Magra. After decapitating Quinn (Donal Logue) and taking back his sunglasses, Blade takes on all of Frost's vampire guards. Karen destroys Mercury (Arly Jover) by spraying her in the face with the garlic mace. Blade then turns on La Magra, and they clash swords. Blade manages to cut off La Magra's arm and slice him in half, but the Blood God immediately regenerates. When La Magra taunts Blade about the "serum" on which he is dependent, Blade realizes that he's referring to EDTA vials. Blade grabs the vials and unloads every one of them into La Magra's body, causing him to explode. As Blade and Karen exit the temple, Blade refuses Karen's serum and tells her to work on it until she can make a better serum. In the meantime, he still has work to do. The final scene takes place in Moscow where a vampire is about to attack his date. Suddenly, Blade appears and takes on the vampire.

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