Vampires
Vampires
R | 30 October 1998 (USA)
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The church enlists a team of vampire-hunters to hunt down and destroy a group of vampires searching for an ancient relic that will allow them to exist in sunlight.

Reviews
Alicia

I love this movie so much

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Diagonaldi

Very well executed

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Rosie Searle

It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.

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Isbel

A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.

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lukem-52760

Another BRILLIANT Carpenter film!!! Ever since first renting this on it's first release on video i absolute loved & went out & brought it straight away,JAMES WOODS is Fantastic as Jack Crow a very violent vampire hunter who leads a team of hunters & WOODS performance is so much fun to watch & my favourite of his movies. Carpenter has created a scary western type of Horror movie with that open plains background & lonely dessert highways & old motels & farm houses, he's created a creepy atmosphere yet again perfectl. The vampires themselves are very scary & wild like savage beasts so yeah carpenter has made a fantastic Vampire movie with plenty of brutal Action & gore & great fx & some very funny moments with James woods!!! Yes a very underrated movie? But truly it's one of carpenters best films it's a great vampire film.

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bowmanblue

Once upon a time the name 'John Carpenter' was synonymous with classic action/horror films in the seventies and eighties. Now, you barely hear from him – largely because his name has become equally linked with mundane and wasted opportunities when it comes to his output. It's worth noting that 1998's (unsubtly-titled) 'Vampires' was his last commercially-successful film. Personally, I liked a few of his later films, too, but this one does stand out as the last – largely accepted – decent film. In case you're stumped as to what this film is about, it's about those insidious bloodsuckers – vampires – long before they twinkled in sunlight and stared moodily at the human love of their life (Okay, so there is actually a bit of human/vampire luuuv thrown in there for good measure, but, don't worry, it's nothing like 'Twilight!').Here a grizzled James Woods plays our heroic vampire slayer, along with an indeterminate Baldwin. When the rest of their team get butchered in a 'routine' slaying procedure, they smell a set-up and start their own investigation. So, if you know anything about vampires (and, face it… whether you're a fan of the monster or not, you know the basic rules) you'll see all the tropes here – the stakes, the bursting into flames in the sunlight and the general Gothic demeanour of the undead. Now, it's by no way a high-budget affair. The sets are just regular places around the mid-west of America and what money went into the production must have gone into the sparsely interspersed gory moments. Therefore, if you casually watch part of it, you may be lured into thinking it's just another low budget straight-to-DVD horror flick. However, what possibly raises this above every other similar film of the day is the setting. I've mentioned that there aren't many fabulous and spectacular sets designed just for the film. It's set basically in a modern day 'Wild West.' Therefore, if you came across this film and there wasn't anyone sucking someone else's blood, you may be tricked into assuming that it was a cowboy film. This does give it a bit of a look and feel of its own and probably went some way to save the film, but, the location is probably just a minor point, the star is James Woods – and he carries the film completely> James Woods is at his grumpy best. Don't expect a light-handed touch when dealing with everyone from the local priest to the highest vampire in the land. He's basically an anti-hero who doesn't let much stand in his way between him and his slaying activities. Woods star alongside Sheryl Lee (best known for dying a lot in TV's 'Twin Peaks' and, as I said, some Baldwin or other, plus your typical tall, pale dude with long black hair for them to battle. But, it's Woods all the way. Technically, there's nothing special about this film and nothing that you haven't seen before in any other vampire-related movie. However, if you like your horror gritty, realistic and not pulling any punches then you should get something out of this (either that or you're just a fan of James Woods, then this should be at the top of your 'to see' list!).

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dlbhina

I have seen this twice looking for sarcasm but can't find any. How often do you see acetylene torches on each vampire's arm that shoot flames out about 6 feet before bursting? The idea was to have the vampire burn up in the sunlight but instead it looks like a training film for a moon landing. This amateurish low-budget poorly directed bomb is a disappointment.James Woods gives a typical wooden(sic) performance. Towards the end of the film he confesses to Tim Guinee that his father killed his mother and he killed his father - without so much a an eye blink. Awful. Sheryl Lee is as beautiful a victim as one can find, but her attempts at convulsing are laughable. She is misdirected. Daniel Baldwin is miscast and plays a clunky sidekick, also a wooden performance.All in all an amateurish, poorly cast failure.

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pkneer

I liked several things about this film - the cast worked well together and the cheesy dialog was refreshing. But the film became too ridiculous, even for a fantasy vampire flick.The main vampire went from scary and ruthless to a guy with bad make up fairly quickly.I liked the campy feel but don't take anything seriously or you'll be disappointed. I liked the film, just not overjoyed by it. I normally don't care for James Woods, but he did a pretty good job as a vampire hunter. Probably the best feature of the film was the special effects. It is old school, no CGI - and I liked that a lot. It's a decent film to watch if you have the time, it is entertaining and fun. I was hoping for a bit more from what I had read from other reviews.

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