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
John Carpenter had a good working relationship with James Woods on set. Apparently Woods has a reputation for being difficult to work with, but Carpenter got along with him just fine. They had a deal: Carpenter could film one scene as it was written; the other Woods could improvise. Carpenter found to his delight that many of Woods' suggestions were brilliant. See more »
At no time is it ever mentioned or suggested that a vampire's fangs are retractable. However, at several times (such as when Valek says "you are alone, crusader") it is clearly seen that Valek's teeth are normal. See more »
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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