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
For this film, John Carpenter wanted to stay away from the stereotype of gothic vampires and wanted to make his vampires "savages" and not be "brooding loneliness in their existence. They're too busy ripping and tearing humans apart." See more »
Frank Darabont is listed in the credits of this film as "Man with Buick" when in fact the car that was stolen from him was obviously a Cadillic. See more »
Isn't it beautiful? Something you'll never forget? I know I won't.
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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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