Blade

1998

Blade

Critics Consensus

Though some may find the plot a bit lacking, Blade's action is fierce, plentiful, and appropriately stylish for a comic book adaptation.

54%

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Total Count: 101

78%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 499,523
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British director Stephen Norrington helmed this David S. Goyer adaptation of the Marvel Comics character created in 1973 by scripter Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan. In the Tomb of Dracula comic book origin, just before Blade's mother gave birth to Blade, she was bitten by a vampire, which made Blade immune to vampires. Now a vampire hunter, Blade, joined by vampire detective Hannibal King and Dracula-descendent Frank Drake, stalks vampires. In the 1990s (in Marvel's Nightstalkers), Blade teamed with Drake and King in an agency created to fight a variety of supernatural beings. The Marvel origin is retold in this 1998 Norrington film, with Blade's mother dying as he is born. Thirty-some years later, Blade now exists somewhere between the two worlds, not human but not fully vampire. He has become a relentless and superhuman vampire hunter, out to avenge the death of his mother and protect the rest of humankind from the evil vampire race. In this pursuit, Blade storms a notorious vampire nightclub and in a virtual bloodbath manages to wipe out most of the blood-lusting denizens. But the burnt corpse of vampire Quinn (Donal Logue) is reanimated at the hospital morgue and bites hematologist Karen Jenson (N'Bushe Wright). Blade magically appears at the hospital just in time to whisk Karen to his hideaway, a machine-shop run by his mentor Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), who once rescued Blade and who now produces a antidote to keep Blade from turning into a full-fledged vampire and who builds custom weapons for Blade to use against his evil foes. Meanwhile, Blade's vampire arch-nemesis Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) uses computers to translate the Book of Erebus, with the ultimate aim of bringing down the old-guard vampire council, headed by Dragonetti (Udo Kier), and triggering the Blood Tide -- an event in which everyone in the world becomes a vampire. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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Cast

Stephen Dorff
as Deacon Frost
Udo Kier
as Dragonetti
Arly Jover
as Mercury
Traci Lords
as Racquel
Tim Guinee
as Curtis Webb
Sanaa Lathan
as Vanessa
Carmen Thomas
as Senior Resident
Shannon Lee
as Resident
Clint Curtis
as Creepy Morgue Guy
Sidney Liufau
as Japanese Doorman
Andray Johnson
as Paramedic
Marcus Aurelius
as Pragmatic Policeman
John Enos III
as Blood Club Bouncer
Eboni Adams
as Martial Arts Kid
Lyle Conway
as Reichardt
Freeman White III
as Menacing Stud
D.V. De Vincentis
as Vampire Underling
Marcus Salgado
as Frost's Goon
Esau McKnight Jr.
as Frost's Goon
Heidi Erl
as Von Esper
Lennox Brown
as Pleading Goon
Irena Stepic Rendulic
as Slavic Vampire Lord
Jenya Lano
as Russian Woman
Levani
as Russian Vampire
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Audience Reviews for Blade

  • Oct 14, 2018
    It's probably always going to be the dumb fun genre piece the filmmakers were aiming for and I think that's entirely due to the pure simplicity of the central character.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    This is the film that slowly got the ball rolling for what has become an explosion of comic book adaptation films. Most people that complain about how there's not enough black comic book characters don't seem to realize that this film was so popular. This also really jump started David Goyer's career too. This was a great film. Great action and Wesley Snipes really sells himself as Blade. Great martial arts and acting all around. Stephen Dorff as Deacon Frost is great as well. I'm still waiting for a spin off where Blade goes and hunts down all of the Twilight vampires.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    First released in 1998, Blade brought commercial success back to Super Hero films, after the woeful distribution of films like Batman & Robin and Steel stopped the genre in its tracks. Starring Wesley Snipes (New Jack City, Chaos) as the eponymous Half-Vampire/Half-Human hybrid come Super Hero/Vampire Hunter, Blade works with Dr. Karen Jensen and Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson: Planet of the Apes, Provinces of Night) in order to defeat vampires Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff; Public Enemies, Felon) and Quinn (Donal Logue; Zodiac, Ghost Rider) and their host of undead soldiers before they can kill Gitano Dragonetti (Udo Kier; Rob Zombie's Halloween, Johnny Mnemonic) and the other vampire Elders in a ritual that will transform Deacon Frost into La Magra, the vampire Blood God. With me so far? No? That figures. The script's interesting, but it's not terribly sense-making. What I mean to say, is, the script's rubbish, but the *story* is great. The whole film is really rather story and effects driven, but the characters are pretty lacking. Quinn is sort of fun, and Deacon's well he's attractive, but not a lot else. Still, there's more to him than most of the characters, including the titular Blade. Straight up, just putting out there, I think goth-culture is attractive, so, my aesthetics may go quite a way to influencing my decision in the final score, if you disagree with me, you might want to keep that in mind, seeing as most vampires have at least a little bit of that going on. All that aside though, the opening of Blade is one of the strongest ways a film can start off that I've ever seen. It has basically everything you could want for a modern vampire tale. Including the Blood Rave song, Confusion (Pump Panel Remix) by New Order. The cinematography was another cool point, lots of ins and outs in a non-nauseating way. Although the fight choreography suffered from a serious case of "Only-One-Guy-Attacks-At- A-Time" Syndrome. Come on guys, this ain't Tekken. When there's an army to fight, fight an army. Maybe not all at once, I know that could get a tad pointless, but it really didn't transfer well in this film. To end with, there's on plot-hole I'd like to bring up, I don't think I'll be spoiling anything too badly, but if you want to go in completely fresh, stop reading. There's one point when Frost says he needs to kill the 12 Elder vamps in a big underground ritual in order to complete his ascendancy into the Blood God (Khorne?), but he kills the leader earlier, on a beach. Okay, so maybe he wasn't counted, and he was actually number 13. But, Frost's lady-friend Mercury kills another with Blade's sword, before the ritual gets started, and nobody seems to care... I am dubious- faced. After all that though, Blade's a vampire film that's not slow like Nosferatu, and not indescribably awful like Twilight, so for people with tastes like mine, it's certainly worth a geez. 66% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2013
    The script can be labeled as bland, but Blade is true to its comic-book origins and stylish. The film, with the help of Wesley Snipes, is bloody, action-packed and has no hesitation in delivery and impact. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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