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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.

Director:

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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From the master of terror comes a new breed of evil. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Largo Entertainment approached John Carpenter with this project, they gave him two scripts, one by Don Jakoby and another by Dan Mazur. Carpenter read the scripts and the novel and saw a potential in the movie that he had been interested in, which was to do a western disguised as a horror film. So Carpenter and friend Larry Sulkis worked together to create a new screenplay, taking elements from both Jakoby's and Mazur's scripts, the novel, and some of their own ideas. Jakoby, for whatever reason, received sole writing credit. See more »

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Regarding when Anthony Montoya (Daniel Baldwin's character) fires a short burst through the sub machine-gun and then uses the barrel to cauterize his neck wounds; there's no way such a short burst would produce the kind of heat needed to cauterize a wound like that. See more »

Quotes

[Montoya checks out a Buick that pulls up]
Man With Buick: Hey! Cowboy! Can I help you?
Montoya: Yeah. I'm gonna borrow your car.
[man opens mouth in disbelief]
Montoya: Shhh... just say "Help yourself."
Man With Buick: You want me to say *what*?
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Montoya: Shut the fuck up or I'll blow your fucking teeth out the back of your head, asshole! Back off!
Man With Buick: Uhh... help yourself, boy!
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Carpenter's Horror Vamping ...
20 January 2007 | by buzznzipp1995See all my reviews

I remember back in 1998 when this first was a poster at the local theater. I was interested but didn't think much of this movie at that time. I saw this on video, some years later. John Carpenter's "VAMPIRES" story is interesting, but it seems like there was just something missed in the overall picture. Although the places that they traveled to eradicate the 'nests' was very desert-Gothicism, in other words it was the place you would figure they would be.

The camera work, the colors and the entry of the characters was juicy, I truly was enveloped into the film's visual outlay. But as it went through there was just something, that I felt it lacked. James Woods (Jack Crow) for me however always brings something different and insightful to the character-role that he is 'in'. Whether it's the crud-white trash in "The Onion Field" or his newest quest in the legal world "Shark". James Woods was the actor that won the 'Saturn'award that year for best actor in a science fiction /horror film. Nuff said. I always seem to enjoy the Baldwin brothers when they are characters in a story. Daniel brought his on in this one too. He was a big-good guy, not a perfect good-guy, but a big part of Jack's team.

Sheryl Lee, the female Vampire in the movie, however, I don't know if she did drugs then or if she was just annoying. Maybe it's me who has the problem, but I just think that part was somewhat miss-cast. She has done other parts that were all her, but for me not this one. For me and some, there were a few of the lines, that should have been rewritten. They were hard to swallow, some lack real 'Bite'.

With that said, I still felt this was only really deserving of a 7',considering the talent involved and then the lack of in some of the scripting. In a wrap-up though, still a fun and entertaining story to see. John Carpenter is very much a 'master' in the horror genre.(***)


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