A sequel to John Carpenter's Vampires,
this movie shares the same basic premises; Vampires don't like the
light, and neither do they relish stakes and beheading!
The plot resumes a couple of years later; the new 'Master' turns out
to be female, which in carpenter's world means she gets about six lines
of script (count 'em!). this is a shame; denied of a charismatic villain,
we look harder at Our Hero - and he's pretty flat, too.
the sub-plots are pretty mnor distarctions from the main event, which
builds steadily to a powerful battle, with some rather weak suspense from
a useless winch and a 'will she - won't she' sub plot on the unreliability
of women (do you sense a pattern here?).
Our Hero takes the ultimate sacrifice, in order to get closer - then
the rest of the gang get closer too, without the sacrifice. Silly, huh?
The sloppiness is a darned shame, as the movie, like its predecessor,
has much to offer. carpenter and his ream need to learn that 'new' horror
films can be as weak as a kitten - but Vampire movies have built up a
high minimum standard!
A neat touch is the use of drugs to forestall the process of Vampirification,
and the same drugs - in larger doses - allowing a Vampire to come out
in the sunlight. But it hasn't been thought through; there has to be a
downside, or Vampires would be buying drugs on the Internet ... and logically
the downside would be serious weakness, accompanied by desperate hunger.
To come out by day, the vampire must reduce body magnesium (or fix it
safely); and temporarily, that could be achieved. But the price would
be seriously reduced rapidly-available energy sources. A theme to be explored
Vampire Hunters will relish the weaponry - only one gun! - and the use
of computerized systems to support the hunt. As ever, the barbed harpoon
wins, with support from the Sun.
No significant extras
- Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
- Starring: Jon Bon Jovi, Cristian de la Fuente, Arly Jover, Darius
McCrary and Natasha Wagner
- DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE).
- Language: Subtitled in English and French
- Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
- Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
- Studio: Columbia Tristar Hom
- DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003