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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 »

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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

Just before production began the studio cut the budget by 2/3, and the filmmakers had to furiously rework the story to fit. According to John Steakley, who wrote the novel, the finished film contained much of his dialogue and none of his plot. See more »

Goofs

When Katrina fully vamps out, she bites and tears a chunk out of the side of Montoya's neck, which would have torn open major blood vessels and caused him to bleed out. Not only does he survive this wound, but when he wakes up and acts to cauterize it there is very little blood down the side of his neck and the wound itself has already stopped bleeding. See more »

Quotes

Montoya: [takes tape off Katrina's mouth; sighs] What's your name? Do you understand what's been happening to you?
Katrina: [screams] Help me!
Montoya: [grabs Katrina's head; puts her in strenghold; covers her mouth] Hey! HEY! Don't fuck with me, honey! I'll snap your neck like a twig! Now nod your head "Yes" or "No". Do you understand what's been happening to you? DO IT!
[Katrina shakes her head "No"]
Montoya: All right. Now I'm going to explain it to you. First, I'm gonna take my hand off your mouth. You scream...
[...]
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Padre's Wood
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An underrated Carpenter movie with bite!
14 April 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"Vampires" is great popcorn entertainment. While fans will always compare Carpenter's later movies with his early genre classics, "Vampires" is excellent entertainment, even if it isn't an "important" or "milestone" horror event.

James Woods is not the most likable of heroes here but he's very watchable. Daniel Baldwin delivers a believable performance as his dependable sidekick. "Twin Peaks"' Sheryl Lee plays the leggy small-town hooker who is unfortunately bit by a Master Vampire, Valek. There are also appearances from Maximilian Schell and "Miami Vice"'s Gregory Sierra.

In Carpenter's "Vampires", the undead don't exit this world peacefully. Instead, they explode like giant Catherine wheels. This is exciting to watch - you can't have enough sparking vampires, can you? With lots of action and a few dark laughs, you could do a lot worse than see this movie.

With an excellent score, great visuals and a fast pace, "Vampires" scores a strong 8 out of 10.


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