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Vampires

Vampires (1998)

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14

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

Nothing but one showdown after another.

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Average Rating: 3/5
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John Carpenter directed this horror-western, adapted from the novel Vampire$ by John Steakley, illuminating the pivotal figure of fearless vampire killer Jack Crow (James Woods), who lost his parents to the creatures. In a remote New Mexico location, Crow and his team, protected with chain-mail fang shields on their throats, blast away at a vampire nest, haul them out with the Jeep's winch, and then celebrate by pulling on other wenches at the Sun God Motel. Their revels are soon brought to an

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Don Jakoby

May 22, 2001

Columbia Pictures

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A suspense-free snark-fest desperate to turn its protagonist - vampire slayer Jack Crow (James Woods) - into a Snake Plisskin-style icon of supernatural-badass cool.

June 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Vampires is an entertaining watch thanks to James Woods's great performance.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

All in all, Carpenter does a good job with this stylish and scary vampire movie, giving us a great leading hero and a great villain.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Grungy, disreputable fun -- the kind of blood-and-tequila western that can only be made nowadays when disguised as a horror movie.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Woods is entertaining as badass vampire hunter Jack Crow, but the meanness he exhibits toward his young priest assistant is offensive and completely unnecessary. Still, this is Carpenter's best film since the 1980s ended.

March 4, 2006 | Comment (1)
FulvueDrive-in.com

The movie is basically one-note: A vampire is harpooned and dragged out into the daylight where the body instantly explodes into flames. Creativity in action, for sure.

July 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

...little more than an excuse to watch people kill each other in the most brutal possible ways.

April 21, 2002
Movie Metropolis

It is a sad state of affairs when John Carpenter can make something as misguided and flatly written and filmed as Vampires.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

The laughable dialogue and lack of plot isn't as problematic as the uninteresting and unlikable characters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

I'd rather have Peter Vincent on my side than Jack Crow and company.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

You have to hand it to James Woods: He doesn't go out of his way to make himself likeable on screen.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A sacrilege

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Carpenter turns John Steakley's novel "Vampire$" into a perverse remake of Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo" by way of Sergio Leone and "The Wild Bunch."

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Audience Reviews for Vampires

Or known as 'John Carpenter's Vampires' if you wish. This film starts off really well with Woods and his vampire slaying team cooking up some vamps in their own unique way. They find em, harpoon em and drag them out into the sunlight via a winch on a truck. What I really liked about the film was this cool vamp slaying team, there were a few well known faces in there, character actors that really made a unique cool looking unit. Its such a shame that they all get wiped out early on.

This leaves Woods and Baldwin galloping up diarrhea drive without a saddle. It also seems to diminish the film before its even started, but wait! all is not lost. Woods character is a solid hard ass, he looks unashamedly cool with his black leather coat, blue jeans and shades, he's got a mouth on him, a wicked name and knows his way around most weaponry, in short he's an older 'Snake Plissken' with a short back n sides.

The plot is simple enough, its Woods v vampires, good enough for ya?. When I say vampires I mean just one badass head vampire (who looks suspiciously like the head nutter from 'Ghosts of Mars') and a lot of faceless stake fodder. Its all about Woods really, yeah he has the typical wet sidekick pushed on him, a newbie priest to look after, and there's Baldwin but to be honest they don't figure. You wanna see Woods swearing and kicking vampire ass.

When I first heard of this I didn't think too much of it, after 'Escape From LA' most were in shock and this really didn't sound very inspiring. But this does turn out to be a pretty decent western vampire flick along the lines of 'From Dusk Till Dawn'. There is plenty of blood and gore with some nice body part effects, obviously violence is high, nice visuals and your obligatory cowboy-like musical score.

Not your obvious Carpenter flick as it does seem more glossy than most, still looks a bit 'made for TV' here and there but generally its a tad more Hollywood. Doesn't add much new to the vampire lore either, only the way they harpoon vamps and certain weapons have a face lift of sorts. All your usual types of deaths, leaping around, decapitations, vampire pov, bone snapping sound effects etc...are present and correct.

Better than you would expect but mainly down to Woods, without him who knows. Its cheesy and not quite up to the standards of other more original quirky Carpenter films but it certainly holds its own amongst other vampire films. It does always amuse me though how all the characters know regular bullets don't have any effect on vampires, yet they continually empty clips into them as if it will do any good hehe.

'Can I ask ya somethin, Padre? When I was kickin your ass back there...you get a little wood?'
December 9, 2012
phubbs1

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I have heard a lot of good things about this movie and people keep asking me why I hate it since I love vampire movies, so I suppose I will give it another try sometime. But for now, I will say that I hated the beginning of this movie, it's confusing and strange and I couldn't find anything good about it.
August 11, 2011
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