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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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They've been around for 600 years...and they're very, VERY thirsty. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

John Carpenter cast James Woods because he wanted his character Jack Crow "to be as savage as the prey he's going after." Woods himself took interest in the project because it was something different for him. See more »

Goofs

As Montoya rescues Crow from the cross he shoots into the front of the cross with an arrow, this implies that this side of the cross would crash to earth first (with Crow facing earthwards), but the backside of the cross lands in the next shot on earth. See more »

Quotes

[Jack Crow, having been beaten up by Valek, awakens to find himself strangled and tied to the front of his truck; Cardinal Alba appears, having turned to the dark side]
Cardinal Alba: Hello, Jack.
[Chuckles]
Cardinal Alba: From your expression, I assume you couldn't understand my presence here. I'm sorry to disillusion you, Jack. As one grows old, as death approaches, we begin to question... our fate. And I found mine lacking. "Is there a god? Is there a heaven?" I can no longer answer this for certain. I've witnessed no ...
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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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The Vampire Slayers and the Master
2 December 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The crusader Jack Crow (James Woods), Anthony Montoya (Daniel Baldwin) and their team are vampire slayers working for the Catholic Church under the command of Cardinal Alba (Maximilian Schell). When they find a vampire nest near Mexico, they exterminate all the vampires but their master Jan Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith) that is hidden below earth. Jack, Montoya and their friends go to a motel to celebrate with prostitutes. However, Valek comes to the motel, bites the hooker Katrina (Sheryl Lee) and kills all the vampire slayers but Jack and Montoya that flee taking Katrina with them. Jack has a meeting with Cardinal Alba that asks him to join another team. Jack leaves the meeting with Father Adam Guiteau (Tim Guinee) and decides to hunt down Valek using Katrina as a bait. Will they succeed?

John Carpenter's Vampires is an entertaining underrated film with a perfect combination of terror, action and humor. There are many funny lines and the casting is perfect. Sheryl Lee is extremely hot especially on the bed scene where she is nude. Once again John Carpenter makes a great film. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Vampiros de John Carpenter" ("John Carpenter's Vampires")


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