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Vampires (1998)

Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in 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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Box Office

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,106,497, 1 November 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,241,395, 7 February 1999
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Anthony Montoya's revolver is Smith & Wesson Model 629 "Classic Hunter". See more »

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When Katrina fully vamps out, she bites and tears a chunk out of the side of Montoya's neck, which would have torn open major blood vessels and caused him to bleed out. Not only does he survive this wound, but when he wakes up and acts to cauterize it there is very little blood down the side of his neck and the wound itself has already stopped bleeding. See more »

Quotes

Montoya: [trying to figure out how much the hotel costs] What's the fucking total, guy?
Motel Owner: Erm... that's erm... $400.
[looks out window in the pickup]
Motel Owner: Is that your girlfriend?
Montoya: No, it's my fuckin' mother. Gimme the key.
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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 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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