Directed By: John Carpenter Starring: James Woods

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It just amazes me that a fine actor like James Woods and a fine director like John Carpenter could make such an awful movie. When I saw this movie I sat there completely stunned at just how bad it was. The cinematography was the best thing about this film and that was nothing special. The visuals do nothing to enhance the film at all, the vampires look plain and generic and have no visual flair at all, just long fangs and black clothing (yawn). The plot is just a standard by the numbers 'kill the head vampire' writing. Once again no imagination involved here at all. As for the acting, well it seems that James Woods has deteriorated in to playing a caricature of himself (ie: and intense, ill-tempored, no-bs taking guy). John Carpenter seems to be just collecting a paycheck and thats all. It's sad really to see how far he's fallen. Go back and watch some of his older movies like, Christine, The Fog, Escape from New York, or The Thing to see how good he used to be.

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Beautiful visuals

by Katerchen on 5/24/1999

Beautiful visuals (I love the southwest), good FX. Listen to the music and see if you can see the Dusk Till Dawn influence …

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by on 6/19/1999

Beats your standard vampire movie by far. Visuals and special effects are superb. Acting is great, Griffith is terrifying. Well worth the time to watch, twice.

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The future of mankind rests in the hands of master slayer jack crow as he moves to prevent the master vampire from reaching his ultimate goal for the legions of undead, the ability to walk in daylight. If you've always bought the myth that vampires can only walk in the dark, you haven't met the master.


Studio Sony
SKU 40106370
UPC 043396030640
UPC 14 00043396030640
Format DVD
Release Date 12/21/2004
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note 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 film.
Plot Summary
Summary The Vatican, aware that vampires are out to put an end to mankind, enlist the aid of a group of vampire-hunters, spearheaded by Jack Crow, to put an end to them. Lots of blood and gore ensue.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I killed my own father, padre. I got no trouble killing you."--Jack Crow (James Woods)
Rolling Stone "...A bracing blend of fright and fun..." 11/12/1998 p.121-2
Sight and Sound "...[Carpenter] has an eye for widescreen imagery, a knack for getting the plot rolling swiftly....And an ear for apt music..." 12/??/1999 p.60
Box Office "...Woods has the time of his life....The movie's lots of fun..." 11/01/1998 p.155
John Carpenter
James Woods
Cast & Crew
Daniel Baldwin - Actor
Gregory Sierra - Actor
James Woods - Actor
Sheryl Lee - Actor
Thomas Ian Griffith - Actor
Tim Guinee - Actor
Maximilian Schell - Actor
John Steakley - Based on Novel By
John Carpenter - Director
Gary B. Kibbe - Director of Photography
John Carpenter - Musical Score
Don Jakoby - Producer
Sandy King - Producer
John Steakley - Writer
Don Jakoby - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 03064
UPC 00043396030640
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 107 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
ReviewSource Box Office Magazine
Review In a perfect bit of casting, James Woods is Jack Crow, the leader of a team of vampire slayers hired by the Catholic Church... Vampires is a tough-minded movie that doesn't, as Crow aptly puts it, "romanticize the bloodsuckers."... (Director John) Carpenter is great at mixing toungue-in-cheek humor and scares in equal measure...
Reviewer Shlomo Schwartzberg
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Wood,James
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
USA Today ...stunningly surreal...

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