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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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

30 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Vampires 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 Sheryl Lee after seeing her on Twin Peaks (1990). See more »

Goofs

During the escape from the Sun God Motel, the chroma-key green screen can be seen outside Jack Crow's side of the pick-up truck before they wreck into the abandoned trailer. See more »

Quotes

[Just as Cardinal Alba is about to complete the ceremony by burning Jack at the stake, Father Guiteau shoots Alba in the back with a shotgun, killing him in the process. Valek, his followers, and Katrina growl and hiss]
Jack Crow: [shocked] Padre!
[Valek growls]
Father Adam Guiteau: [yells] Now, what are you gonna do, Valek? You've got nobody to complete your ritual! The sun's starting to rise!
Valek: You... will finish the ritual.
Father Adam Guiteau: [holds the shotgun to his head] Try to make me.
Jack Crow: Attaboy, Padre. Fuck with him!
[to Valek]
Jack Crow: Hey, Valek, you're...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Due to law regulations, sale restrictions apply to the uncut version (rated "Not under 18") of the film. Therefore German video distributor VCL also released a cut version (rated "Not under 16") which misses 3 minutes and can be bought everywhere. See more »

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References Red River (1948) See more »

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Padre's Wood
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Eternal Life... Imortality... can change your heart.
30 October 2013 | by lastliberal-853-253708See all my reviews

The modern American west has been overrun by bloodsucking ghouls, and the Catholic Church hires a crew of fearless exterminators to hunt down the undead and drag them into the sun.

I can certainly sympathize with Jack Crow's (James Woods) partner Anthony (Daniel Baldwin). I do not know if I could resist turning into a vampire with Sheryl Lee doing the biting. She would make me want to avoid daylight for eternity.

This was an action-packed adventure with Thomas Ian Griffith as the chief vampire, and Oscar winner Maximilian Schell (Judgment at Nuremberg), as the Cardinal that did not want to die.

Oh, that Sheryl Lee! It was only brief nudity, but it was all she had to offer.


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