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Vampires (1998)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 30, 1998
DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 5, 2003
• R2: 10 Apr 2000

Budget $20,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong vampire violence and gore, language and sexuality.

Running Time
1 hour, 48 minutes

Country USA

Studio Columbia Pictures, Largo Entertainment, Storm King

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Other Titles
• Vampires
• John Carpenter's Vampires
• Vampire$ (1998)
• John Carpenters Vampires (1999)

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Genre: Action, Horror, Vampires, Suspense, Monsters, Supernatural, Gore, Prostitution, Campy, Revenge

Tagline: From the master of terror comes a new breed of evil.

Plot: Prolific director John Carpenter takes on the vampire genre in his action-horror film VAMPIRES. Bitter, tough-as-nails vampire hunter Jack Crow (James Woods) leads a specialized team, funded by no less than the Vatican, that is dedicated to destroying the race of vampires that inhabit the earth. The team is successful, and becomes lazy in its success, eventually falling victim to an elaborate ambush set up by a powerful master vampire. Crow and two others of his team are the only survivors, and are determined to get revenge for the massacre. Carpenter takes the genre to new heights with powerful action scenes, nifty vampire-killing weapons and great special effects. James Woods is wonderfully over the top as the head vampire hunter who has no love for the Vatican and a mysterious past that is never far behind him. VAMPIRES is based on the book by John Steakley, adapted for the screen by Don Jakoby. The score is creepy and powerful, a typical characteristic for a Carpenter

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 External Reviews
external linkFailed effort from director John Carpenter has a good central idea but can't pull it off due to a script that goes nowhere fast and piles on feeble attempts at humour, overdone violence and a big slice of misogyny. ... Woods does seem suited to his role but even he can't do a thing with this. Some okay gore if that means anything. Another misfire from Carpenter. 1.5/4

 Directed by
John Carpenter
Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China
 Written by
John Steakley
Don't Open the Door!, Playing Dead
Don Jakoby
Evolution, Arachnophobia, Double Team
James Woods
Contact, Casino, Once Upon a Time in America
Daniel Baldwin
Hero, Nothing But Trouble, Paparazzi
Sheryl Lee
Mother Night, Bliss, This World, Then the Fireworks
Thomas Ian Griffith
xXx, The Karate Kid, Part III, Kull the Conqueror
Maximilian Schell
Deep Impact, A Bridge Too Far, The Freshman
Tim Guinee
Blade, Ladder 49, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Mark Boone Junior
Memento, Batman Begins, The General's Daughter
 Music By
John Carpenter
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween, Halloween

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