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Vampires -- A contemporary and blood-chilling take on the gothic legend, horror master John Carpenter's Vampires stars James Woods as the ultimate vampire slayer on his most dangerous mission ever.
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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Writers (WGA):
John Steakley (novel)
Don Jakoby (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 October 1998 (USA) See more »
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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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4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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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
Thomas J. Barton .... greensman
Mike Blaze .... property master
Lou Boggs .... propmaker
Noah Bradley .... carpenter
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master
Larce Crawford .... construction foreman (as Lance Crawford)
Joe Del Monte .... construction coordinator
Jeanne Develle .... assistant set decorator
Lelan Keffer .... swing gang (as Lelan E. Keffer)
Walter Lab .... head scenic painter
Scott Lewis .... swing gang
Gabrielle McKenna-Elliott .... standby painter (as Gabrielle McKenna)
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
Joseph Torres .... gang boss (as Joseph R. Torres)
Ed Vega .... paint foreman
Christopher Windisch .... construction foreman
Susan Zeh .... art department coordinator
 
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
Geoffrey C. Martin .... special effects assistant
Jan Nelson .... special effects assistant
Chuck Overcash .... special effects assistant
Casey Pritchett .... special effects second man
Corey Pritchett .... special effects
Darrell Pritchett .... special effects coordinator
Darrell Pritchett .... special effects
Selina Pritchett .... special effects assistant
Joseph Stampfer .... special effects assistant
Wayne Toth .... special effects makeup
Skip Whitson .... special effects tech
Peter Zari .... special effects assistant
 
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
Colin Anderson .... panaglide operator
Steve Banister .... second assistant camera
Ron Cardarelli .... key grip
Paul Ciancetta .... muscolight technician (as Paul C. Ciancetta)
Marcis Cole .... panaglide operator (as Marcus Cole)
David M. Dunlap .... director of photography: second unit
John J. Ellingwood .... first assistant camera
Kirk R. Gardner .... panaglide operator (as Kirk Gardner)
Rusty Geller .... panaglide operator
Hank Herrera .... grip
Leonard E. Hoffman .... electrician
Neil Jacobs .... still photographer
Dan Jones .... electrician
Bradley Kellar .... gaffer
James Keys .... rigging gaffer (as James J. Keys)
Brian Kibbie .... second assistant camera (as Brian Kibbe)
Dominic Napolitano .... assistant camera
Leo J. Napolitano .... camera operator
Louis Nelson .... electrician
John O'Grady .... best boy grip
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
John Stradling .... second assistant camera
Frank Tapia .... gaffer
Nathan Wilson .... loader
Jeff Neumann .... camera operator (uncredited)
Alan Swain .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Ronnie Hollis .... extras casting
Therese M. Schoeppner .... extras casting (as Therese Schoeppner)
Therese M. Schoeppner .... location casting (as as Therese Schoeppner)
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Alexander .... set costumer: women (as Jen Alexander)
Birgitta Bjerke .... costumer: Los Angeles
Glen Bradley .... costumer: Los Angeles
Alice Daniels .... key costumer: Los Angeles
Joe Diaz .... costumer
Richard Lange .... set costumer: men
Juan Lopez .... costumer: Los Angeles
Llandys Williams .... costumer: Los Angeles
 
Editorial Department
Craig Brown .... apprentice editor
Mato .... color timer
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Richard B. Molina .... assistant editor
Richmond Riedel .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Michael Dellheim .... location manager
Joshua Vancil .... assistant location scout
Jennifer Weil .... assistant location manager
 
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
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Bruce Robb .... music contractor (uncredited)
Bruce Robb .... music editing (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Allen .... driver (as James G. Allen)
Dan Berryman .... driver
Wendy S. Hallin .... transportation captain
Stephen A. Latina .... transportation captain
Dana Schisler .... driver
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation coordinator (as Tom Thomas)
 
Other crew
Doug Acton .... set medic
James Alesna .... craft service
Cathy Andrade .... production accountant
Tarin Bennett .... production assistant
Benu Bhandari .... script supervisor
Kelli L. Bright .... production coordinator
Manny Castillo .... chef
Karin Costa .... assistant to director
Robin Cross .... first assistant accountant
Siduri Davey .... production assistant
James Deeth .... helicopter pilot
Oscar Gonzalez .... second assistant chef
Carol Green .... unit publicist
Kevin Greene .... payroll accountant
Jennifer Herring .... production assistant (as Jennifer Hering)
Bill Hill .... projectionist (as William Hill III)
Cheryl Miller .... production coordinator
Glenn Nicol .... production accountant
Michael Papac .... armorer
John Wayne Randolph .... craft service (as John Randolph)
Michael Randolph .... craft service (as Michael G. Randolph)
Joel Rivas .... first assistant chef
Teofilo Sanchez .... set medic
Joseph Scavone .... assistant: Sandy King
George Stapleton .... animal trainer
Lawrence Tolle .... production assistant
Laura A. Uldridge .... production assistant
Joshua Vancil .... assistant sound stage location manager
Skyleur Versele .... assistant: Mr. Baldwin
Mark D. Wray .... set medic
Bennie Zura .... production assistant (as Ben Zura)
Chris Zurumada .... production assistant
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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to STARLOG magazine, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa was unhappy with his role in the film. He tried speaking to Carpenter several times about his character's back story and motivation, but Carpenter rebuffed him. This left Tagawa feeling like he was little more than a glorified stuntman.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:
Jack Crow:Let me ask you a question. When you were stabbing that vampire in there?
Father Adam Guiteau:Yeah?
Jack Crow:Did you get a little wood?
Father Adam Guiteau:Mahogany.
Jack Crow:Excuse me?
Father Adam Guiteau:Ebony.
Jack Crow:What?
Father Adam Guiteau:Teak.
Jack Crow:Are you possessed by demons?
Father Adam Guiteau:Major Chubby.
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Padre's WoodSee more »

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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
John Carpenter in top form with film "Vampires" (no spoilers), 31 October 1998
Author: Mark Wynne from Seattle, USA

John Carpenter is America's greatest living director of westerns. Although "Vampires" is his first literal western, JC's been turning out 1st rate original westerns from "Assault on Precinct 13" to "They Live" and "Escape From New York" to "The Thing". Even though these movies don't take place in the west, they have all the ingredients of a good western: the lone hero/outlaw, the seige or attack, the showdown, and plenty of action. "Vampires" takes place and was filmed in the southwest (filmed in Sante Fe, NM). Carpenter's DP Gary Kibbe captures some nice wide John Ford-ish western vistas, and Carpenter's minimalist score capture the desolate, hard nature of the place. The real asset of this film is its cast, especially James Woods as the insanely tough and foul-mouthed slayer Jack Crow. He really does some inspired improvised riffs, and when he's not kicking ass Woods has a lot of fun with it all. Jack Crow is a classic Carpenter hero: all man, flinty eyed & completely alone, and Woods plays this unsympathetic character with such a quick wit you can't help but admire the guy. Thomas Ian Griffith plays a great Valek, the master vampire whom Jack has sworn to slay. Griffith plays the character completely straight, and it works extremely well. Griffith is an imposing figure, and you get a real sense of the nobility & savagery of Valek's character. Compared to Woods, Griffith underplays his role, but still commands a very real presence of power & evil. Carpenter stretches the $20 million dollar budget well, but you can sometimes "see the zipper down the monster's back". Despite a few fake looking wounds or rubbery stakes, Carpenter delivers a polished & stylish film, on par with movies costing 10 times as much (better in some cases). I believe Carpenter works best with a little larger budget, but he should stay away from the typical Hollywood giant budget, he works best with a smaller production. "Vampires" is a treat for any Carpenter fan, and hopefully marks the beginning of a new standard in his films.

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