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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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Storyline

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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30 October 1998 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's Vampires  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£346,023 (UK) (29 October 1999)

Gross:

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

Producer and John Carpenter's wife Sandy King cast Thomas Ian Griffith as Valek because they both wanted "someone who looks formidable, but is also alluring. There always has to be something alluring about the evil nature of the vampire." See more »

Goofs

During the fight with the masters at the Spanish mission, one of the monks goes flying into a ladder against the wall. The harness he is wearing can be seen when his robe flies up. See more »

Quotes

Jack Crow: Look padre... i'm starting to like you... so don't make me hurt you. Come on... tell me what you know... i'll buy you a beer and get you laid. If you don't i'm gonna have to start cutting on ya.
Father Adam Guiteau: No you won't... your a righteous man... besides any secrets i keep are to protect the church and its principles.
Jack Crow: [grabs padre and pins him to the wall] Open... open...
[puts a towel in his mouth and cuts his hand]
Jack Crow: Now listen to me you fuck... my father kept a secret once... he got bit by a vampire... he ...
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 24 October 1998 (1998) See more »

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Padre's Wood
Written by Brad Wilson
Performed by Stone
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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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