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Vampires (1998)

Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.

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The church has long known that vampires exist. However, it is discovered that a group of vampires are searching for a powerful doom for mankind. The Vatican then secretly enlists a team of vampire-hunters, led by Jack Crow, to hunt down and destroy the vampires before they find the crucifix. Written by <jculver@gonzaga.edu>

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The blood confrontation of the ages is about to begin. See more »


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Rated R for strong vampire violence and gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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30 October 1998 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,106,497, 1 November 1998, Wide Release

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$20,241,395, 7 February 1999
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Silly and stupid and not worth the effort
15 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

As a big fan of John Steakley and his novels, I must say I was rather disgusted with what Carpenter did with the movie. A horrible adaptation, this movie fails on just about all levels.

The acting: I thought it was pretty dreadful. Sheryl Lee's role was to be naked and quiver a lot. Most of the characterizations in the movie just plain destroyed, in my opinion, the greatly written and multi-dimensional characters of the book. The silly dialogue and motivations didn't help, either. (one of the tough, no-nonsense, big bad fighters of evil good guys falls in love with a vampire hooker! WHAT????)

The plot: Barely existing in some parts of the movie. There were plot points that made little or no sense (Why were so many things kept secret from Jack Crow for apparently NO REASON at all?). Again, it deviated far too much from the plot of the book for my tastes.

The action: Seemed like John Carpenter didn't think about it all that much. In some parts he gets really lazy and just cuts to this slow motion montage of vampires (inexplicably) running away. Mostly, I thought it was poorly filmed and haphazardly edited.

In conclusion, I found very little to like about this movie.


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