• R, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    John Carpenter
    In Theaters:
    Oct 30, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 22, 2001
  • Columbia Pictures

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Vampires Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C-

June 5, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 3/5

July 7, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2007
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.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.

| Original Score: 7/10

March 4, 2006
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

July 31, 2003
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

| Original Score: 5/10

April 21, 2002
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

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

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

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

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

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

Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 1, 2000
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
James Brundage
Filmcritic.com

A sacrilege

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Sean Axmaker
Nitrate Online

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."

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

September 7, 2011
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B

July 9, 2011
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2/4

December 27, 2007

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2005
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

April 12, 2004
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 3/4

May 20, 2003

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 25, 2003
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