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Vampires -- A vengeful vampire hunter must retrieve a cross before it falls into the hands of the undead, that could produce dire consequences for humanity.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
John Steakley (novel)
Don Jakoby (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 October 1998 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The blood confrontation of the ages is about to begin. See more »
Plot:
A vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to endure sunlight. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It'll help those in need of a nap. See more (394 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Woods ... Jack Crow

Daniel Baldwin ... Anthony Montoya

Sheryl Lee ... Katrina

Thomas Ian Griffith ... Jan Valek

Maximilian Schell ... Cardinal Alba

Tim Guinee ... Father Adam Guiteau

Mark Boone Junior ... Catlin

Gregory Sierra ... Father Giovanni

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... David Deyo

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Ortega (as Thomas Rosales)
Henry Kingi ... Anthony

David Rowden ... Bambi

Clarke Coleman ... Davis

Mark Sivertsen ... Highway Patrolman
John Furlong ... Father Joseph Molina
Angelina Torres ... Cleaning Lady (as Angelina Calderón Torres)

Jimmy Ortega ... Male Vampire #1
Gilbert Rosales ... Male Vampire #2

Danielle Burgio ... Female Vampire #1

Laura Cordova ... Female Vampire #2

Troy Robinson ... Male Master #1

Anita Hart ... Female Master #2
John Casino ... Male Master #3
Chad Stahelski ... Male Master #4
Steve Blalock ... Male Master #5

Marjean Holden ... Female Master #6
Cris Thomas-Palomino ... Female Master #7 (as Cris Thomas Palomino)
Julia McFerrin ... First Hooker
Lori Dillen ... Second Hooker
Jake Walker ... County Sheriff
Michael Huddleston ... Motel Owner
Todd Anderson ... Deputy Sheriff

Luce Rains ... Clerk (as Steven Hartley)

Dennis E. Garber ... Limousine Driver
Robert Lewis Bush ... TV News Anchor (as Robert L. Bush)

Frank Darabont ... Man with Buick
Mona García ... Hooker
Candice Kirkiles ... Hooker
Neva Lucero ... Hooker
Helen Moreno ... Hooker
Janice Richmond ... Hooker
Juanita Romano ... Hooker
Ann Romero ... Hooker
Elisa Valdez ... Hooker
April Winters ... Hooker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lex Lang ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
James 'JR' Pollard ... Rich Rancher in Church (uncredited)

Directed by
John Carpenter 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Steakley (novel "Vampire$")

Don Jakoby (screenplay)

Produced by
Don Jakoby .... co-producer
Sandy King .... producer
Barr B. Potter .... executive producer (as Barr Potter)
David Rodgers .... creative producer
 
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
 
Cinematography by
Gary B. Kibbe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward A. Warschilka 
 
Casting by
Reuben Cannon 
Eddie Dunlop 
 
Production Design by
Thomas A. Walsh 
 
Art Direction by
Kim Hix 
 
Set Decoration by
David Schlesinger 
 
Costume Design by
Robin Michel Bush 
 
Makeup Department
Enid Arias .... hair stylist
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects
Jill Cady .... makeup artist
Jill Crosby .... hair stylist
Chris Hanson .... special makeup effects artist
Monica Kenyon .... special makeup effects artist
Robert Kurtzman .... special makeup effects
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects (as Gregory Nicotero)
Douglas Noe .... special makeup effects artist
Scott Patton .... special makeup effects artist
Janna Phillips .... makeup artist
Laurel Van Dyke .... hair stylist
Alan Friedman .... makeup department head (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Kim Kurumada .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian P. Della Penna .... assistant director
Jeff Imada .... second unit director
Chemen Ochoa .... second second assistant director
Deanna Stadler .... second assistant director
Joshua Vancil .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mike Blaze .... property master
Lou Boggs .... propmaker
Noah Bradley .... carpenter
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master
Joe Del Monte .... construction coordinator
Jeanne Develle .... assistant set decorator
Walter Lab .... head scenic painter
Josh Miller .... props
Charlie Montoya .... set dresser
Carol Ann Napier .... set dresser
Gary Petersen .... construction gang boss
Ernest M. Sanchez .... lead man
Sean Sobczak .... props
Christopher Windisch .... construction foreman
 
Sound Department
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator
Andy Brokmeyer .... utility sound
Michael C. Casper .... sound re-recording mixer
John Dunn .... supervising sound editor
Ezra Dweck .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Hank Garfield .... sound
Douglas Hinton .... assistant sound editor
Paul Holzborn .... foley artist
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
James Morioka .... first assistant sound editor
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Zeke Richardson .... sound editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... supervising adr editor
Aaron Glascock .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Bill Meadows .... dubbing recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gene Grigg .... special effects
Jason Gustafson .... special effects foreman
Kenn Jenkins .... special effects assistant
Scott Kodrik .... special effects technician
Casey Pritchett .... special effects second man
Corey Pritchett .... special effects
Darrell Pritchett .... special effects coordinator
Darrell Pritchett .... special effects
Wayne Toth .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
 
Stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts
Jennifer Caputo .... stunts
John Casino .... stunts
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts
Jeff Della Penna .... stunts
Lori Dillen .... stunts
Donna Evans .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts
Brian Imada .... assistant stunt coordinator
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
Steven Ito .... stunts
Tatsuro Koike .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts
Steve Martinez .... stunts
Rita Minor .... stunts
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Mario Roberts .... stunts
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts
Danny Weselis .... stunts
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Banister .... second assistant camera
Ron Cardarelli .... key grip
David M. Dunlap .... director of photography: second unit
John J. Ellingwood .... first assistant camera
Hank Herrera .... grip
Leonard E. Hoffman .... electrician
Neil Jacobs .... still photographer
Dan Jones .... electrician
Dominic Napolitano .... assistant camera
Leo J. Napolitano .... camera operator
Ray Ortega .... electrician
Brad Peterman .... first assistant camera
Derick Pritchard .... lighting technician
Keith Roverud .... best boy
Thomas J. Ruffner .... dolly grip
Jack S. Schlosser .... gaffer
George Stephenson .... camera operator
Jeff Neumann .... camera operator (uncredited)
Alan Swain .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Ronnie Hollis .... extras casting
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe Diaz .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Craig Brown .... apprentice editor
Mato .... color timer
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Richard B. Molina .... assistant editor
Richmond Riedel .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
E. 'Bucket' Baker .... musician: percussion
Jeffrey Baxter .... musician: guitars
John Carpenter .... musician: rhythm guitar and synthesizers
Steve Cropper .... musician: lead guitar
Donald Dunn .... musician: bass (as Donald V. 'Duck' Dunn)
Carl Fortina .... orchestra coordinator
Paul Mirkovich .... conductor
Paul Mirkovich .... orchestrator
Bruce Robb .... music engineer
Bruce Robb .... music mixer
Bruce Robb .... music producer
Bruce Robb .... music supervisor
Bruce Robb .... musician: Hammond B3 organ/piano/percussion
Joe Robb .... musician: saxophone
Rick Shlosser .... musician: drums
Bruce Robb .... music contractor (uncredited)
Bruce Robb .... music editing (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Wendy S. Hallin .... transportation captain
Dana Schisler .... driver
 
Other crew
Doug Acton .... set medic
Benu Bhandari .... script supervisor
Kelli L. Bright .... production coordinator
Karin Costa .... assistant to director
James Deeth .... helicopter pilot
Michael Dellheim .... location manager
Carol Green .... unit publicist
Glenn Nicol .... production accountant
Michael Papac .... armorer
Teofilo Sanchez .... set medic
George Stapleton .... animal trainer
Lawrence Tolle .... production assistant
Joshua Vancil .... assistant location scout
Joshua Vancil .... assistant sound stage location manager
Mark D. Wray .... set medic
Melodee Spevack .... adr voice (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's Vampires" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong vampire violence and gore, language and sexuality
Runtime:
108 min | Germany:104 min (cut version) | Argentina:106 min
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Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The symbol on the necklace that Daniel Baldwin wears in the movie is the Nordic rune meaning "Protector".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After the first hunt, when the vampire skulls are lined up on the hood of the Jeep, Catlin is counting them, exclaiming, "Nine! Goons, man! Not a bad day's work." Then Montoya comes up behind him, pats him on the shoulder, and says, "You're the man, Boone."See more »
Quotes:
Valek:You can't kill me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Padre's WoodSee more »

FAQ

Is 'Vampires' based on a book?
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
It'll help those in need of a nap., 14 November 2000
Author: jiangliqings

* star out of **** I've never thought of John Carpenter as a great director, or even a good director for that fact. His most praised film, Halloween, I felt was his most overrated. He does crank out some decent cinema once in a while, but they usually tend to work in spite of him, very much unlike a director like, say, Brian De Palma, in which good films happen because of him. With that said, Vampires only goes to show that whatever talent Carpenter may have had is virtually gone for good.

Jack Crow (James Woods) is a vampire hunter working for the Vatican. His team of slayers, who also includes Tony Montoya (Daniel Baldwin), have just taken down a nest of the bloodsuckers in Mexico, but were unable to locate the master. As they're celebrating in a motel that night, the head vampire, Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith), appears and slaughters everybody present with the exception of Crow, Montoya, and a prostitute (Shery Lee) who was bitten.

Crow believes the prostitute can be used to track down the vampire because of the psychic connection that is developing between the two. At the same time, with the help of a young priest (Tim Guinee), Crow discovers that Valek is looking for the Berziers Cross, which if done correctly in an incantation, can grant all vampires the ability to walk in broad daylight.

A plot like that would you to believe that Vampires would be full of tension, suspense, and action. There's nary a hint of a moment where those elements come in. Instead, Carpenter opts for blood and gore, and if he was aiming for a make-up effects display, he's succeeded. The only thing that may be considered unpredictable in this film is the way Valek kills his next victim, whether it may be with decapitation, throat slashing, or just plain old sticking his hand through their bodies.

The acting and script reek of the second rate variety. Now, to be fair, James Woods delivers a fun performance, which is easily better than anything else this movie has to offer. But his attempts are counteracted by his fellow thespians. Daniel Baldwin proves he's the least talented of his brothers, and I believe that says it all. Sheryl Lee resorts to ridiculous bouts of overacting, and Thomas Ian Griffith does nothing but look menacing and kill a bunch of people.

The script is as equally atrocious. Whether it's the predictable story, the awful dialogue ("He's unstoppable unless we stop him"), or the unpleasant mysogyny, there's not a salvageable element in this entire screenplay. I'm not sure whether to blame the writer, Don Jakoby, or the original author, John Stakely. Maybe they're both at fault. A concoction of both writers' imaginations led to this script, which is probably twice as bad than what each one could have come up with individually.

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