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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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Writers (WGA):
John Steakley (novel)
Don Jakoby (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 October 1998 (USA) See more »
The blood confrontation of the ages is about to begin. See more »
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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This movie lacks a certain "bite", but still is not bad. See more (394 total) »


  (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
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
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
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
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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Rated R for strong vampire violence and gore, language and sexuality
108 min | Germany:104 min (cut version) | Argentina:106 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Jack Crow:I killed my own father, padre. I got no trouble killing you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Bloodsucking Cinema (2007) (TV)See more »
Padre's WoodSee more »


Is 'Vampires' based on a book?
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28 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
This movie lacks a certain "bite", but still is not bad., 9 September 2000
Author: BlackMonk from TN

The movie opens with a trained, fully-equipped team of vampire slayers, led by Jack Crow (James Woods), methodically purging a "nest" of its fanged occupants. This is one of the best scenes of the movie and sets the viewers up to think, "Hey, these guys know what they're doing. They're some rough-and-ready characters."

But, lo, where is the master vampire? Not to worry, he'll have his chance at revenge...later that very night, as the "trained" vampire hunters go to the nearest town, lay down their weapons, and begin drinking and whoring. And they knew full-well that a master vampire, whose "subjects" they'd just fried, was still lurking about! How stupid can you be???!!!

The movie marches on, showing carnage and betrayal as the plot is advanced. (And, frankly, it's not a bad plot). But there are many holes, many questions that are not answered, like, Why was such an mysterious and important item (a cross that would permit a vampire to walk in the sunlight) guarded by such a inept group of robe-clad nincompoops, who, according to their own harried screams, knew "The day has arrived!"? If they knew that a particularly horrific "day" was inevitably going to "arrive," why, then, did they lack even a modicum of defensive capability. Why were they caught frantically scampering around like a herd of panty-clad Dr. Smiths (from TV's Lost in Space..."Oh the pain, the pain of it all..."). Oh well, we'll never know, and they're too dead to tell us.

Be that as it may, this movie does have some good dialogue, interesting characters, a unique idea or two, and an actual plot--which makes John Carpenter's "Vampires" stand head and shoulders above most of the horror movies that are out today. I enjoyed it despite its defects.

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