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John Carpenter's Vampires

1998

John Carpenter's Vampires
 

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Review

This is a very sloppy film. it starts well, with an action sequence that promises a new and modern interpretation of the vampire story, but even that is let down by over-reliance on firearms. With little effect (well, duh!).

Gradually the story unfolds, and we get to respect our hero, a dedicated Vampire Slayer - but nothing supernatural, despite the blessing of the Church.

His tightly-disciplined group are soon revealed as a bunch of discipline-shy, boozey no-hopers (so why did he pick them?).

Sheryl Lee shines as the prostitute bitten early on, who gradually turns into a vampire over the two days covered by the film. Shame that the misogynistic script never really allowed her to speak, other than to describe visions that might assist The Men.

But if you can suspend disbelief (I could!), then the movie winds up to an excellent and well paced finale.

The DVD

Not much in the way of extras - a commentary by Carpenter, which is interesting, but hardly inspired, and a fairly run-of-the-mill 'making of' documentary.

  • Starring: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Thomas Ian Griffith,
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats

Features

  • Language: Original Language in English and French
  • Subtitled in French and English, Dubbed in English and French
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
  • Released October 7, 2003
  • Theatrical trailer(s)
  • Photo gallery
  • Full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats

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