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Vampires

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Director: John Carpenter, James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee

Cast: John Carpenter, James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee

 

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Vampires will probably not go down in cinematic history as one of John Carpenter's best films, but even an average Carpenter film is sure to build up a devoted cult following, and this hybrid Western will no doubt be popular home viewing for years to come. It is fortunate, then, that Columbia TriStar's DVD edition of the film is extremely good. Carpenter's red

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Vampires will probably not go down in cinematic history as one of John Carpenter's best films, but even an average Carpenter film is sure to build up a devoted cult following, and this hybrid Western will no doubt be popular home viewing for years to come. It is fortunate, then, that Columbia TriStar's DVD edition of the film is extremely good. Carpenter's red skylines and gruesome slaughter scenes are well presented in anamorphic widescreen, and the surprisingly detailed soundtrack is delivered flawlessly in Dolby Digital 5.1. The extra features include an interesting photo gallery and the amusing original theatrical trailer. The best addition, however, is the director's feature commentary. Carpenter's commentaries are always good, and though this one is not quite as engrossing as his commentary on The Thing, it is still full of humor and insight. Carpenter reveals many directorial tricks and gimmicks, credits the improvisation of James Woods in the film, and is willing to acknowledge the influence of the classic Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee vampire movies. Vampires may not be one of the great vampire movies, but this is a very creditable DVD.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
John Carpenter's foray into the vampire genre doesn't provide much in the way of scares, but works fine as a hyper-macho action film. James Woods is his old, reliable, leathery self as the head of a scrappy (but doomed) band of vampire slayers. These men are a morally ambiguous bunch, convinced of the presence of evil and the need to destroy it, but unsure of the role God plays in the universe. The plot echoes their suspicions, suggesting that the Catholic Church itself is responsible for creating the monsters, and the men of the cloth who fund the hunters are depicted as either ineffectual or corrupt. Indeed, Vampires sets some kind of record for priest abuse; they're punched, kicked, shot, cut, insulted, and decapitated throughout. Women don't get any role models here either, as the only ones on display are hookers or bloodsuckers or both. There's no need for messages in a vampire film, though, just a terse, gory story with a few twists to keep it fresh, and Carpenter delivers a reasonably entertaining, one-dimensional ride through dusty ghost towns and seedy motels.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/1999
UPC:
0043396030640
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
16,421

Special Features

Theatrical Trailer; Scene Selections; Extra Features: Includes Director's Commentary

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Woods Jack Crow
Daniel Baldwin Tony Montoya
Sheryl Lee Katrina
Thomas Ian Griffith Valek
Tim Guinee Father Adam Guiteau
Maximilian Schell Cardinal Alba
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Actor
Mark Boone Actor
Tommy Rosales Actor
Luce Rains Actor

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director,Score Composer
Howard Berger Makeup
Robin Bush Costumes/Costume Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Reuben Cannon Casting
Eddie Dunlop Casting
Hank Garfield Sound/Sound Designer
Kim Hix Art Director
Don Jakoby Co-producer,Screenwriter
K.N.B. EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Gary B. Kibbe Cinematographer
Sandy King Producer
Robert Kurtzman Makeup
Gregory Nicotero Makeup
Christian P. Della Penna Asst. Director
Barr Potter Executive Producer
Darrell D. Pritchett Special Effects
Mario Roberts Stunts
David Schlesinger Set Decoration/Design
Thomas A. Walsh Production Designer
Edward Warschilka Editor

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:38]
2. The Slayers [2:05]
3. Entering the Nest [4:09]
4. Goons [5:20]
5. Sun-God Motel [3:52]
6. Something to Remember [:51]
7. Motel Massacre [8:41]
8. Rule #7 [6:53]
9. Valek [4:18]
10. Katrina [4:05]
11. Truth about vampires [1:41]
12. Hooker hook-up [5:10]
13. Bitten! [4:00]
14. What Katrina See [4:53]
15. Dirtnappers [1:48]
16. The Black Cross [5:44]
17. At the Mission [5:51]
18. "Where is he?" [1:54]
19. Storming the jail [5:03]
20. Elevator trap [3:32]
21. Stake-on-a-rope [1:56]
22. Rule #10 [1:44]
23. Katrina turns [:55]
24. Bargain with the Devil [4:49]
25. The Ceremony [1:18]
26. Ritual interrupted [1:59]
27. End of the Line [2:57]
28. Rule #1 [8:26]
Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:38]
2. The Slayers [2:05]
3. Entering the Nest [4:09]
4. Goons [5:20]
5. Sun-God Motel [3:52]
6. Something to Remember [:51]
7. Motel Massacre [8:41]
8. Rule #7 [6:53]
9. Valek [4:18]
10. Katrina [4:05]
11. Truth about vampires [1:41]
12. Hooker hook-up [5:10]
13. Bitten! [4:00]
14. What Katrina See [4:53]
15. Dirtnappers [1:48]
16. The Black Cross [5:44]
17. At the Mission [5:51]
18. "Where is he?" [1:54]
19. Storming the jail [5:03]
20. Elevator trap [3:32]
21. Stake-on-a-rope [1:56]
22. Rule #10 [1:44]
23. Katrina turns [:55]
24. Bargain with the Devil [4:49]
25. The Ceremony [1:18]
26. Ritual interrupted [1:59]
27. End of the Line [2:57]
28. Rule #1 [8:26]

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Vampires 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is John's only vampire movie. But it doesnt show. You would think he's been makin vamp films since the 70's after watchin this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this movie Vampirism began with a man named Valek. Centuries ago Valek was possessed by demons. The Catholic Church attempted an exorcism, with a forbidden and brutal ceremony. Somehow they botched ceremony and achieved the opposite of their intention. Valek's body was destroyed, but his possessed soul remained. They turned Valek into a creature whose body was dead, yet still functioned - The First Vampire. Valek bit others, who bit others, etc. They kept their numbers small. Stayed in small groups, each under the control of a Master or Queen. For the most part they avoided feeding on, or killing, anyone society would miss. So Vampires remained a legend. Humans as a whole didn't know about Vampires, because they didn't want to know. Unlike his spawn, Valek spent the centuries doing more than just feeding. He understood his transformation. The botched ceremony had been left incomplete. If he could finish the ritual, he believed he'd become invulnerable to Sunlight. Throughout the film Valek finally finds what he needed for the ritual, as he was being hunted by a small team of Vampire hunters. The team was lead be James Woods character - Jack Crow. Ironically Valek needed Jack. The ceremony required the presence and sacrifice of a Crusader. As the ceremony progressed Jack's allies attacked. Fouling the ceremony, and driving the Vamps back into the shadows. The climax was Jack vs Valek. Valek was cornered in a old building, one that was barely standing. Jack threw himself against an old support, collapsing the roof. Sunlight poured into the room, bathing Valek in it's deadly rays. This is an Entertaining and Action Packed Vampire Movie.
creeper More than 1 year ago
wow, what a vampire movie,great when the vamps catch on fire......Gotta see it for this,plus the chick vampiress is amazing in her short skirt.It is one of the best out,and not too gory..Great acting too.A Must for us horror fans........
Guest More than 1 year ago
John carpenter has out done himself! he has obviously studied the vampire horror classics, such as the origial "dracula", with lagosi. Sheryl lee's character,is remindful of how the older female vampires behaved, once under the fang.John carpenter has directed, produced, and even written the music for this new-age triumph. James wood as, a master slayer, does the role justice. Even a modern day van helsing would be impressed.I've been watching vampire films for a long time, and am sad to say, rarely impressed these days. I so enjoyed this marvel of the macabre, that i've purchased it, after repeatedly watching it on cable. Go john carpenter, go!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was alright for gore and burning vampires but the story was boring, and the other movie that john did that wasn't that great either was Ghosts of mars.