John Carpenter's Vampires 1998

John Carpenter's Vampires

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Nothing but one showdown after another.

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Ever since his parents were murdered by vampires, Jack Crow (James Woods) has had one purpose in life: putting stakes through bloodsuckers' hearts. With his battle-hardened crew of vampire killers and the assistance of the Catholic Church, Crow roams the New Mexico desert looking for undead lairs to annihilate. But he meets his match when, at a roadside motel, he comes face to face with Jan Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith), a vampire kingpin possessed of incredible powers.

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  • Oct 02, 2020
    One of Carpenter's sillier efforts, which isn't a problem per say but this feels a little lazy at times. Tension and originality get sacrificed for straightforward B movie luridness. If Carptenter made this before he had a string of flops and disappointments he might have been a little more daring.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    So many weird cinematic choices are made here, a subpar Souther Gothic. But if you want to show someone what "cool" looked like in Texas in the mid-to-late 90's, you can show them the opening scene of this film.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2013
    Lots of gore, no plot. Vampires is a western horror that started off well but then went down hill as soon as the team finished executing a bunch of Mexican vampires. it's somewhat fun to watch but it doesn't make much sense overall.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2012
    John Carpenter delivers a bold new vision of the undead in his action/horror film Vampires. The story follows a pair of vampire slayers that go rogue in order to pursue a master vampire named Valek, who they believe to be the original source of vampirism. James Woods leads the cast, which also includes Sheryl Lee and Daniel Baldwin. However, the characters aren't written very well and the performances bear that out. But the vampire lore of the film is quite interesting and keeps the film engaging. So while the story isn't that compelling, the action and mythology keeps Vampires entertaining.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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