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616 Ratings


Directed by John Carpenter
United States, 1998
Action, Horror, Thriller


Jack Crow is the leader of a team of mercenary vampire slayers dedicated to doing everything humanly possible to prevent Valek, the leader of the undead, from discovering the Berziers Cross, the only thing that can grant all vampires the omnipotent power to walk in the daylight.

Vampires Directed by John Carpenter

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  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Vampires

    For whatever reasons, John Carpenter's brand of genre filmmaking had a difficult time transitioning into the more slick and special effects-driven landscape of 90's Hollywood, as films like "Escape from L.A." attest to. "Vampires" is one of his more successful ones, perhaps because there's nothing slick about it - in fact, it's one of the most unapologetically vile and misogynistic films I can recall seeing.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Vampires

    By the 90s, a lot of what felt punk about Carpenter films started to feel trashy, a trend not helped here by a humorless James Woods and the Baldwin brother you forgot existed. But there's still some interesting things here: the acid western/giallo genre hybrid, and the fuck-you spirit of Escape From New York redirected from the government to the church. And it's always nice when Cheryl Lee has license to go freaky.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Vampires

    A John Carpenter vampire western. Pretty damn good stuff if you ask me. I don't think it's perfect but I like it quite a bit. The notion that Carpenter the filmmaker fell off the wagon after the 80s is bullshit.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Vampires

    Just seen for the fourth or the fifth time like the other Carpenter movies. The Carpenter theme par excellence, danger coming from the outside, is here reversed. Woods and Baldwin must fight the enemy inside (nests, prison) and within (blood). Vampires is an action movie, Vampires is a modern western, Vampires is pure Carpenter. Masterpiece.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Vampires

    There are much more better films by John Carpenter. This one has some really boring passages. And I find the permanent wobbling of Carpenter's synthesizer soundtrack annoying. He also made better and much more captivating and atmospheric soundtracks in his earlier works (e.g. in "The Fog").

  • Ethan's rating of the film Vampires

    James Woods is a total badass in this film and this is an altogether entertaining and thrilling action film with a lot of great vampire action from the master of horror himself, John Carpenter.

  • Tyler Wright's rating of the film Vampires

    The action is great, the acting from Woods is spellbinding, the effects are awesome, the music is catchy, the directing is some of Carpenter's best, and the cinematography is downright gorgeous. This film could be one of Carpenter's best...if it only weren't for that bland screenplay. It's such a disappointment how mediocre the script is, because it ruins a film that could've been a modern masterpiece.

  • Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film Vampires

    2-3. Pretty fun, relatively rough-edged vampire action film. Surprisingly, the actors manage to imbue tenderness into all the masculine posturing that goes on between them, and the humor makes the machismo a bit more palatable as well. I'm torn on whether I think the movie's detailing really lets it overcome some of the cliches and rough exposition, but I think it's worth a watch, overall.

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