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852 Ratings


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


Ever since his parents were murdered by vampires, Jack Crow has had one purpose in life: putting stakes through bloodsuckers’ hearts. With his crew of vampire killers, Crow roams the New Mexico desert looking for undead lairs to annihilate. Soon, however, he will meet his match at a roadside motel.

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Vampires Directed by John Carpenter

Critics reviews

A highly effective blend of the Western and the horror genre… As in Prince of Darkness, the oppositions are resolved in fruitful and surprising ways, but whereas that film (also a vampire tale of sorts) was strictly horror, Vampires turns into a sort of Wild Bunch-vs.-vampires action spectacle with set pieces that are as poetic as they are violent.
October 29, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Vampires

    While Assault on Precinct 13 remains one of his greatest achievements, Vampires is surely John Carpenter's most overt and widespread attempt at a classic western in a modern setting; open spaces with sand and orange hues, the camaraderie and rivalry between men on diverging paths. It's nowhere near as tight as previous works - especially the larger action scenes - but it's still a fine exercice in genre.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Vampires

    Carpenter’s western-infused, action-horror film still, decades later, remains the best film the director has done since 1984’s Starman. I’d even say it’s by far his funnest film, more consistently out-entertaining 1988’s They Live. In a decade of Anne Rice-mopey vamps, Vampires is a furious, brazen, and creative slice of B-film badassness. Woods kicks ass as usual and Griffith is a mesmerizing and scary vampire lord.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Vampires

    VAMPIRES, de JOHN CARPENTER, États-Unis, 1998. L’immense John Carpenter fait son apparition au programme avec un incontournable du genre qui redonna au cinéaste l’envie de filmer après Los Angeles 2013. À partir de l’iconologie vampiresque, Carpenter construit un western moderne qui donne à James Woods l’occasion d’exprimer toute sa bestialité.

  • 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").

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