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Vampires (1998)

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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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John Carpenter

Writers:

John Steakley (novel), Don Jakoby (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 John Furlong ... Father Joseph Molina
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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 blood confrontation of the ages is about to begin. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong vampire violence and gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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USA | Japan

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

30 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vampire$ See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the film was first set up in the early 1990s, with Russell Mulcahy at the helm, both Willem Dafoe and Dolph Lundgren was being eyed for the lead. See more »

Goofs

When Katrina is telling Jack and Montoya where the Master is, she screams "Oh, my God, he killed the priest!" Montoya asks how they were going to find which church in San Miguel, Jack says "The one that's missing an old guy". Katrina never said if the priest was young or old. See more »

Quotes

[Valek has beaten up Jack very badly as Montoya & Katrina escape the vampires and Father Guiteau hides in the local bar]
Valek: [grabs Jack's head; growls] Your war is over, Crusader.
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Alternate Versions

Screenwriter Dan Mazur's name appears only on European prints. The film was released in Europe first, with Mazur's name in the credits, but was removed before the USA premiere. See more »

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Padre's Wood
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This movie lacks a certain "bite", but still is not bad.
9 September 2000 | by BlackMonkSee all my reviews

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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