Vampires, one of the humanities oldest enemies, have been present in movies for almost a century. Nosferatu was released in 1922 and Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, back in 1931. What followed was a sub-genre populated with all kinds of movies, from blaxploitation (Blacula) to soft-core pornography. After he finished shooting  Escape from L.A., John Carpenter was actually thinking of retiring saying that the movies are not just fun anymore. Script for this movie, based on a book written by John Steakley, changed his opinion and he decided to make a western movie wrapped in the vampire robes. The result is an entertaining horror with strong protagonists and interesting concepts. The thing that fascinated me the most was the way the reality in Vampires has been set up. These Vampire Killers are just doing their job, like policemen or firemen and the world they live in reflects that realistically. It’s like we are transported into some alternate universe where these things are normal. When something like this works, it’s relatively hard to notice it.

Vampires [1998] Movie Review Recommendation PosterJack Crow is one tough son of a bitch. His parents have been killed by vampires and after he was adopted by the Catholic Church, they trained him ruthlessly to do only one thing: hunt and kill vampires. The years have passed and we find Jack now leading his own team of vampire killers. Well organized and skillful, their latest job of killing another vampire nest went without a hitch. However, unbeknownst to them, something was watching them in the dark. Something powerful and evil…

Released one year after From Dusk Till Dawn and the same year as Blade, Vampires did relatively well on the box office, breaking even in USA and banking on the international market. This was the only financially successful Carpenter movie in the nineties. Starring James Woods as Jack Crow, we are treated to a somewhat different iconic bad-ass, especially when compared to John’s Kurt standard. James carried this movie, making us believe in every step of the way. Special effects were old school, practical effects without those fake-ass CGI. Just another element that added to the reality of this world. There’s quite a lot of murder and mayhem, as you probably expected. Finally, Vampires is also a funny movie with witty one liners and sometimes hilarious dialogue, so be sure not to miss it.

Director: John Carpenter

Cast: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith, Maximilian Schell, Thomas Rosales Jr.

Fun Facts: The symbol on the necklace that Daniel Baldwin wears in the movie is the Nordic rune meaning “Protector”.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120877/

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