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Vampires (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Thriller  |  30 October 1998 (USA)
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A vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to endure sunlight.



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The church has long known that vampires exist. However, it is discovered that a group of vampires are searching for a powerful doom for mankind. The Vatican then secretly enlists a team of vampire-hunters, led by Jack Crow, to hunt down and destroy the vampires before they find the crucifix. Written by <jculver@gonzaga.edu>

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The final confrontation between good and evil has begun. See more »

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

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Release Date:

30 October 1998 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's Vampires  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,106,497 (USA) (30 October 1998)


ESP 538,519,210 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Katrina has a snake tattoo on her back. Snake Plissken had a similar tattoo on his chest, the character from John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981) and Escape from L.A. (1996). See more »


When Katrina is telling Jack and Montoya where the Master is, she screams "Oh, my God, he killed the priest!" Montoya asks how they were going to find which church in San Miguel, Jack says "The one that's missing an old guy". Katrina never said if the priest was young or old. See more »


Jack Crow: What the fuck do you want from me, Valek?
Valek: Oh, you hate me so, don't ya? But you made me, Crusader. You hate what you made. You fear it because it is superior to you.
[grabs Jack's chin]
Valek: For six hundred years, I've fed on your kind at will!
[Attempts to bite Jack but slowly refuses]
Valek: [whispers] No.
Jack Crow: Why don't you just kill me and get it over with?
Cardinal Alba: Because you are needed, Jack. The ceremony is a re-enactment of the original exorcism. It requires the blood of a crusader and his crucifixion upon a ...
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An underrated Carpenter movie with bite!
14 April 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"Vampires" is great popcorn entertainment. While fans will always compare Carpenter's later movies with his early genre classics, "Vampires" is excellent entertainment, even if it isn't an "important" or "milestone" horror event.

James Woods is not the most likable of heroes here but he's very watchable. Daniel Baldwin delivers a believable performance as his dependable sidekick. "Twin Peaks"' Sheryl Lee plays the leggy small-town hooker who is unfortunately bit by a Master Vampire, Valek. There are also appearances from Maximilian Schell and "Miami Vice"'s Gregory Sierra.

In Carpenter's "Vampires", the undead don't exit this world peacefully. Instead, they explode like giant Catherine wheels. This is exciting to watch - you can't have enough sparking vampires, can you? With lots of action and a few dark laughs, you could do a lot worse than see this movie.

With an excellent score, great visuals and a fast pace, "Vampires" scores a strong 8 out of 10.

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