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Professional, Vatican-funded vampire slayer Jack Crow (James Woods) and his team are almost wiped out by master vampire Jan Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith) after they make a successful raid on one of Valek's nests in New Mexico. Crow and his only surviving teammate Tony Montoya (Daniel Baldwin) are subsequently ordered by Cardinal Alba (Maximilian Schell) to rebuild their team and go after Valek, who is reportedly looking for an ancient relic, the black Bersier cross. Joined by an inexperienced priest, Father Adam Guiteau (Tim Guinee), and an unlucky hooker named Katrina (Sheryl Lee), who has just been bitten by Valek, the team sets out to find the cross first and destroy Valek. If they fail, vampires will soon be able to walk in daylight.

Vampires (also known as John Carpenter's Vampires) is loosely based on Vampire$, a 1991 novel by American author John Steakley. The screenplay was written by Don Jakoby. Vampires was followed by Vampires: Los Muertos (2002).

Fr Guiteau shoots Alba and Montoya pulls down the cross. Guiteau leaps forward and cuts Crow free. As the sun continues to rise, the vampires run for cover, with Crow and Guiteau following. They trap Valek, who leaps at Crow. Crow holds up the Bersier cross and Valek lands on it, impaling himself. As Valek attempts to pull out the cross, Crow pulls down the dilapidated ceiling. The sunlight streams in, and Valek bursts into flames. In the final scene, knowing that they have more vampires to kill, Montoya finally admits to Crow that he's been bitten twice by Katrina, who is lying in the back of the truck in order to stay out of the sun. He also says that he can no longer function as a slayer and that he intends to take Katrina south where he can take care of her. Guiteau tries to kill Montoya, but Crow steps between them. Knowing that Montoya was first bitten two days ago but still saved his life in the fight with the vampires, Crow figures that he owes Montoya those two days. However, he promises that, when those two days are up, he will hunt down Montoya and Katrina and kill both of them. Montoya and Katrina drive away while Crow and Guiteau stay behind to clean up the town of any surviving vampires.

As it turns out, the master has not been altered in the violent scenes, but it still is slightly different from the uncut version. Both the German DVD release by Studiocanal and the French Blu-ray release are lacking the same scene, which makes it very probable that they are indeed identical. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

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