Over 30 members of the cast and crew were temporarily blinded by the misuse of UV lights in the vampire autopsy scene.
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Donnie Yen, a martial arts star who plays a member of the Bloodpack (Snowman), was also the film's fight choreographer.
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Wesley Snipes has admitted this is his personal favorite Blade movie.
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(at around 25 mins) When Overlord Damaskinos mentions the virus that causes vampirism, he states it is a type of "parvovirus", though the closed captioning says "horrible virus" because of the obscurity of the term. Parvovirus is an actual family of viruses, and the B13 strain afflicts humans. It meets all the requirements for creating vampires in a fictional environment, since the B13 strain actually does cause sensitivity to daylight in some, it infects the blood & bone marrow, and can be transmitted by saliva. Since most people outside of medicine are unfamiliar with the term, however, they may have also heard "horrible virus".
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Scud wears a T-shirt featuring the logo of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, a reference to Mike Mignola's Hellboy (2004) comic, the film adaptation of which Guillermo del Toro directed and Ron Perlman starred in.
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The idea of the reapers having stingers coming out of the mouth were inspired by Polish folktales where the vampires had a stinger or "finger" coming out of the mouth that they used to suck blood rather than use teeth like the Balkan genus that is the greatest influence on the modern vampire mythology.
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Wesley Snipes was not always available for each day of filming for this movie, which came out in 2002. During 2002, Wesley starred in 3 other films aside from Blade 2. Instead of waiting for Wesley to become available, the crew shot another actor (who was not Wesley's stunt double) for scenes where it was not necessary to see Wesley's face. The first scene being where Blade, Scud. and Nyssa are riding in the helicopter to meet Damaskinos. The second was after Nyssa performed an autopsy on the dead reaper and confronts Blade in his quarters about his attitude toward the Bloodpack.
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Pop Icon Michael Jackson was originally going to have a cameo in the "House of Pain" sequence as a "Vampire Pimp" that Nyssa encounters as she searches the upstairs hall. Jackson had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts and the part was played by a Czech actor. The sequence was ultimately cut out entirely for pacing reasons.
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Reinhardt's (Ron Perlman) sunglasses are never taken off throughout the course of the film.
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During the fight with Nomak in the church part of the House of Pain, the stained glass window is a replica of Dr. Strange's (another Marvel character who battles the occult) medallion, The Eye of Agamotto. As a fan of the character Guillermo del Toro expresses interest, a few years later, in developing a Dr. Strange movie with writer Neil Gaiman but the project was rejected by Marvel at the time.
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The only movie in the Blade trilogy that used its original written ending. Blade (1998) and Blade: Trinity (2004) went through reshoots to improve and/or replace their respective original climaxes.
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To get the movie with an R-Rating, green blood was used for the reapers.
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Stepping back into Blade's shoes was a challenge Wesley Snipes relished. "I love playing this role. It's fun as an actor to test your skills at doing a sequel, to see if you can recreate something that you did," Snipes says. Peter Frankfurt adds, "Wesley is Blade; so much of the character was invented by Wesley and his instincts are so spot on. He takes his fighting, his weapons and attitude very seriously. He's incredibly focused, but he's also very cool and fun." "Wesley knows Blade better than David Goyer, better than me, better than anyone else involved in the franchise," adds Guillermo del Toro. "He instinctively knows what the character would and wouldn't do, and every time he twists something around, something better would come out."
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Reinhardt has a neo-Nazi look about him and asks Blade if he can blush. This was based on a real incident experienced by Wesley Snipes.
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David S. Goyer's original idea was to use Morbius as a primary villain, but Marvel decided they wanted to retain the rights to make an entirely separate franchise out of Morbius - i.e. a Morbius film, so the story was changed slightly and Jared Nomak was created to be used as the primary villain instead.
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The look of Damaskinos is based off Nosferatu and the idea of his skin looking like old marble. The look for Nomak and the Reapers were based off numerous incarnations of drawings by Guillermo del Toro and concept artists, but primarily based off the mutants from Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).
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Although it is often thought that the Reaper vampires in this film served as the inspiration for Guillermo del Toro's vampire series The Strain (2014), it is actually the opposite that is true. Del Toro had originally conceptualized the Strigoi, which are the vampire antagonists in The Strain, many years prior to the creation of Blade 2. He utilized his own original concept and changed certain aspects about it for Blade 2 so that it would still stand somewhat independently of his original work.
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The name "Chupa" comes from the Spanish word chupar, which means "to suck." Chupacabras (sucker of goats) is a famous vampire legend from Latin America.
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According to Wesley Snipes on the commentary with David S. Goyer, there were four fight choreographers: Donnie Yen, who choreographed the "wire fu-esque" sequence with Blade and Nomak in the cathedral in their first fight; Jeff Ward; Clay Donahue Fontenot; and Snipes himself. Goyer remarked that there was a "wonderful rivalry" between Yen and Ward/Snipes/Fontenot.
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Guillermo del Toro doesn't have many good things to say about screenwriter David S. Goyer and points out some groan-inducing dialogue in the DVD commentary, though he admits that such bluntly expository lines as "Now you've got an explosive device stuck to the back of your head!" are beautiful in a way. Del Toro also points out several CGI shots that he hates, most notably the final sequence of Blade's duel with Nyssa against the God Lights.
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(at around 34 mins) In the scene before while entering the vampire club with the Bloodpack, a large neon sign can be seen on top of a building that says, in large red letters, "Radoo". The history of Vlad the Impaler (whom the legend of Dracula is largely based upon) talks of his brother Radu. This name is also often associated with vampire movies as it is deeply ingrained in the Dracula story.
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The Bloodpack character Verlaine was originally scripted to be the twin sister of Racquel, the vampire in Blade (1998) that was played by Traci Lords.
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Reinhardt was originally scripted to be a literal Nazi who spoke entirely in German.
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Luke Goss had ten weeks of boxing, karate and combat training to get himself down to 5% body fat.
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In the DVD commentary, Guillermo del Toro said he paid homage to Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen and the book I am Legend. A reaper explodes similarly to the way Dr Manhattan explodes and the heroes were bombarded by reapers, much like the zombies bombardment in I am Legend.
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Features both Karel Roden and Luke Goss, who play the main villains from both Hellboy films which were directed by Guillermo del Toro, and also starred Ron Perlman.
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The character on Snowman's armor is the Japanese kanji 'yuki' which means 'snow'.
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(at around 18 mins) The early scene in which Scud is watching The Powerpuff Girls (1998) was originally written with him watching an episode of Speed Racer (1967). However, the owners of the domestic rights wouldn't allow it.
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Much of Karel Roden's dialogue is dubbed by an uncredited English actor since audiences found his Czech accent too thick.
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Scud's name is a reference to yet another comic book, "Scud: The Disposable Assassin."
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Ron Perlman and Luke Goss would go on to star together in Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), with Ron as Hellboy and Luke as Prince Nuada. This also was the second time for Ron and Guillermo del Toro to work together (first one was Cronos (1993)) Due to their strong friendship, Ron and Santiago Segura usually have a place in Del Toro's movies (excepting Pan's Labyrinth (2006)).
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Matt Schulze second time being in a blade movie but as a different character.
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Stephen Norrington of Blade (1998) turned down the chance to direct as he wanted to move onto other things.
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The original script contained a sex scene between Blade and Nyssa.
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The name Caliban is a reference to the monster in William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest.' and a reference to the mutant from Marvel's X-Men.
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The clock seen on the back wall of Damaskinos' lair is a reproduction of the Orloj, or astronomical clock of the city of Prague. It's purpose is not only to tell the time but also to show the Earth's position relative to the sun, moon and the cosmos.
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(at around 35 mins) In the scene where Blade and the Bloodpack are walking towards the house of pain, you see briefly through Whistler's thermal-scope that Blade is hot blooded unlike the other vampires.
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As of 2017, this is the only film on Guillermo del Toro's filmography in which he has no writing credit.
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The phrase "a man without fear" is used in this film. This is another Marvel comic book reference, to Daredevil.
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The corporate artwork in the Caliban building, which is knocked over in the climactic fight scene, represents a DNA double helix.
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Novak stands at the top of a staircase that is littered with fallen security guards. Director Guillermo del Toro acknowledges it as an homage to Frank Frazetta in the commentary.
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During the Reaper autopsy, Nyssa muses that they are different from vampires as vampires are from humans. This implies somewhat early on that The Reaper strain is not a natural mutation, because it conveniently has so many biological defenses to things that commonly kill vampires.
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The two handguns that Blade uses are a pair of customized Heckler & Koch USP match with laser sights and a rail-like attachment.
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David S. Goyer and Peter Frankfurt both admired director Guillermo del Toro and believed his dark sensibilities to be ideal for Blade II. Frankfurt first met del Toro when Frankfurt's design company, Imaginary Forces, did the title sequences for Mimic (1997). "I admired Mimic and got to know Guillermo through that film," says Frankfurt. "Both David Goyer and I have been fans of his since Cronos (1993) and were enthusiastic about him coming on board. Guillermo is such a visual director and has a very strong sense of how he wants a movie to look. When you sign on with someone like Guillermo you're not going to tell him what the movie should look like, you're going to let him run with it." Like Goyer, del Toro has a passion for comic books. "Guillermo was weaned on comic books, as was I," says Goyer. "I was a huge comic book collector... my brother and I had about twelve thousand comic books that we assembled when we were kids, so I know my background." Tippett Studio provided computer-generated visual effects, including digital doubles of some of the characters, while Steve Johnson and his company XFX were hired to create the prosthetic makeup and animatronic effects. Del Toro chose not to alter the script too much from the ideas created by Goyer and Snipes. "I wanted the movie to have a feeling of both a comic book and Japanese animation," said the director. "I resurrected those sources and viewed them again. I dissected most of the dailies from the first movie; I literally grabbed about four boxes of tapes and one by one saw every single tape from beginning to end until I perfectly understood where the language of the first film came from. I studied the style of the first one and I think Norrington used a tremendous narrative style. His work is very elegant."
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Wesley Snipes stated that while such a character is not going to have much emotional depth, he then stated: "there's some acting involved in creating the character and making him believable and palatable."
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Blade himself wears Oakley Four sunglasses, the ninja-style vampires who descend near the start of the film to offer Blade a truce are wearing heavily modified Oakley Overthetops, Reinhardt sunglasses are Oakley Square Wires and a further appearance can be seen fleetingly being worn by the fat, bearded vampire towards the end of the film, he is wearing Oakley Mars. All these appearance of Oakley sunglasses throughout of the film are apparently down to Wesley Snipes being big fan of the brand though his sunglasses in Blade (1998) were a pair of BlackFlyz.
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Scud offers Blade a joint, which he declines. Wesley Snipes would later cause problems on the shoot of Blade: Trinity by, amongst other things, staying in his trailer smoking weed
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Creature & makeup effects designer and creator Steve Johnson said that Guillermo del Toro loved his initial designs and tests he did when he was originally attached to do The Lost Boys (1987), that Del Toro based the Reaper designs off of that. Del Toro also added that idea of them having very translucent skin and seeing all the veins came from his fixation with the mutants from Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).
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Guillermo Del Toro chose not to alter the script too much from the ideas created by David S. Goyer and Wesley Snipes. "I wanted the movie to have a feeling of both a comic book and Japanese animation", said the director. "I resurrected those sources and viewed them again. I dissected most of the dailies from the first movie; I literally grabbed about four boxes of tapes and one by one saw every single tape from beginning to end until I perfectly understood where the language of the first film came from. I studied the style of the first one and I think Stephen Norrington used a tremendous narrative style. His work is very elegant".
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(at around 13 mins) When Blade returns to his headquarters early in the movie, Scud remarks "The Dark Knight Returns!" This is a reference to another comic book character, Batman and his book of the same name.
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The lobby of the Caliban building is inspired by the lobby of the Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills, designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei.
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(at around 32 mins) Blade drawing his stake and slapping Reinhardt, then taunting him before doing it again, is an homage to a scene in the Western comedy, Trinity Is Still My Name (1971).
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The body armor that Whistler is seen wearing in a large amount of the film is actually Blade's body armor from the first movie. It looks too big on Whistler which gives further meaning behind a line in the first movie where Blade says a UV flashlight is "still heavy" and Whistler replies "But you're so big."
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Asia Argento, Kristanna Loken, Elena Anaya, and Rhona Mitra were all considered for the role of Nyssa.
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(at around 9 mins) When Rush takes Blade to the place where Wistler is held, he speaks "vampire language" through the door for the other one to open. He clearly says "Torrentetres" which is a reference to the Spanish film Torrente 3: El protector (2005) which was in production at the time, and which was directed by Santiago Segura (actor who portrays Rush).
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In addition to this film, Tony Curran (Priest) plays another vampire, the antagonist Marcus, in Underworld: Evolution.
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Reinhardt makes a racist comment to Blade. In one of the commentaries, Guillermo del Toro outright calls him "a Nazi" -- ironic considering Ron Perlman, who played Reinhardt, is Jewish himself.
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While demonstrating the UV light, Whistler points it (with the filter on) at Priest, who's the first member of the Blood Pack to die (via sunlight, no less).
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Nyssa uses two Sa Vs. 61 Skorpion's. Reinhardt- two heavily customized Beretta 92fs with blade modifications,and a Remington 870 marine magnum "Stake gun". Asad-colt model 727 fitted with an M203 grenade launcher. Chupa-M16A2. Priest-Colt Double eagle. Verlaine- Heckler & Koch MPK5. Lighthammer- Heckler & Koch MK 23 Mod 0.
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The only film in the series to be shot in 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The other films were shot on the widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
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Despite playing their father, Thomas Kretschmann is six years older than Luke Goss and ten years older than Leonor Varela.
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In the 2 years training to hunt Blade each member of the Bloodpacks role to counter against Blade is as followed Snowman: is the counter against his swordplay. Light Hammer counters his strength, Verlaine maybe counters the technical side of him. Chupa counters his heavy firepower, Reinhardt & Priest are the point men meant to counter his short-range attacks.
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In the original screenplay, the scene in which the drug dealer attempts to deal with Nomak before being killed by him played out much differently. Originally, the drug dealer attempted to deal with Chupa, saying the same dialogue as in the finished film. Chupa would then attack the dealer only for Blade to intervene and rescue the dealer who would then escape. Blade and Chupa would fight until Nyssa ordered Chupa to back off before confronting Blade about rescuing someone as morally reprehensible as a drug dealer.
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Now Playing Podcast reviewed Blade II in 2011. This film received two "recommends" and one "not recommend".
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Wesley Snipes: [Sun Tzu] (at around 1h 8 mins) Snipes' quoting of Sun Tzu - "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer," follows references to the works of Sun Tzu in many other Snipes movies including Passenger 57 (1992), Rising Sun (1993) and The Art of War (2000).
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Body Count: 110.
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Scud is ordered by the bloodpack to hold open a reaper's mandibles while they're dissecting it. Scud is reluctant, but Blade calls him a "sissy" so he goes ahead with it. It seems out of character for Blade to back a bit of vampire bullying in favor of his human companion, but the end reveals that Blade knows that Scud is a double agent, so he doesn't really gives a damn about Scud.
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(at around 1h 8 mins) When Blade tells Whistler to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, he moves to the right, as you can see Scud over his left shoulder.
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The only film in the trilogy where Blade does not engage in a sword fight with the villain, or concludes with one. He does fight Nomak twice with his Ninjato, but Nomak is never armed with one.
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The final scene, where Blade hides behind the Bunny Booth glass waiting for his victim (Rush), is incredibly similar to a scene in The Crow: City of Angels (1996) where the crow does the same. Both movies have many similarities in set-pieces and costume design, yet this scene is almost identical in both films. It's plausible to concede that after the critical and financial failure of this first Crow sequel, David S. Goyer could include this scene without scrutiny; having written both films as well.
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Tony Curran (Priest) goes on to play Marcus, the original vampire, in the movie Underworld: Evolution (2006).
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This is the only film in the "Blade" trilogy in which the main antagonist is killed by Blade's sword. Although Nomak kills himself with it.
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