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We Love John Carpenter's Vampires

Updated on February 9, 2014

John Carpenter's Vampires - One of the Best Vampire Movies in Recent Memory

John Carpenter's Vampires was an excellent modern vampire film starring James Woods as Jack Crow, the leader of a team of vampire hunters. They stumble into an ambush, and convinced that they were sold out, Crow begins hunting for answers as to what is going on. This is a gritty, intense vampire movie that I highly recommend, and it stuck out at a time before the popular resurgence in vampire movies occurred once again.

Why I Love John Carpenter's Vampires in 100 Words or Less

John Carpenter's Vampires
John Carpenter's Vampires

This was one of the better recent vampire movies, complete with a kick butt anti-hero played by James Woods, a great cast of horrifying yet seductive vampires, and great action that doesn't rely on martial arts. This movie has a dark gritty feel to it as opposed to the polish of say the Blade series or Underworld. Great vampire action flick.

 

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John Carpenter's Vampires is a great movie!

John Carpenter's Vampires Rocks!

John Carpenter's Vampires Rocks!

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    • anonymous 6 years ago

      one of the best kick ass vampire hunter movies i've seen in years, james woods rocks!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      james woods is a friend of ours ..we share chicago blues music @ chan's in woonsocket r.i....so i decided to take a gander...great showing.....thanks beverly

    • WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      Oh, yeah it was great!

    • EshanMonteath 9 years ago

      Great action, great violence, individual charactrs wrestling with faith, or lack thereof: and vampires that are scary and sensual - what more could you ask for?

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      John Carpenter's Vampires, Info and Summary

      A great modern vampire film

      Genre:
      Horror

      Directed by:
      John Carpenter

      Actors:
      James Woods
      Daniel Baldwin
      Thomas Ian Griffith

      Vampires (also known as John Carpenter's Vampires) is a horror movie that was released in 1998. This is loosely based on the novel of the same title by John Steakley.

      This movie stars James Woods as Jack Crow, leader of a Catholic Church-sanctioned team of vampire hunters. The plot goes around Jack Crow's running into a vampire master, Valek, who knows Crow's name, leading him to believe that something is badly amiss.

      Valek slaughters almost every man on his team, and the survivors must figure out what is going on. They find out that there is a mystical black cross that must not fall into their hands, or the world will be in serious trouble.

      This is a fantastic movie, gritty and dark. The vampires manage to be seductive, yet terrifying. This is one of the better true vampire films to come out from the last twenty years.

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      Vampire$: A Novel
      Vampire$: A Novel

      This is bestselling author John Steakley's vampire classic: Vampires infest the modern world and a group of brave people-professional vampire killers-devote their lives to hunting them down.

       
      John Carpenter's Vampires
      John Carpenter's Vampires

      Talk about an opening. The first few minutes of John Carpenter's Vampires--in which James Woods's vampire killer leads a dawn raid on a New Mexico "goon nest" of bloodsuckers--not only suggests a horror movie that will not pull any punches, it even evokes some of the more disturbing dream-memories of American Westerns. Muscular and uncompromised, the sequence suggests a new Carpenter classic unraveling before one's eyes. Well, dream on. Things don't quite work out that way, but this is still a film to reckon with. There are a few serious (and surprising) misjudgments on the director's part, particularly a mishandling of Sheryl Lee's role as a prostitute poisoned by the bite of a "master vampire" (who pretty much wiped out Woods's team of goon terminators). But aside from some weaknesses, the action is jolting, the suggested complicity of the Catholic Church in destroying monsters is provocative, and the traces of Howard Hawks's continuing influence on Carpenter's storytelling are in evidence. --Tom Keogh

       
      Vampires - Los Muertos
      Vampires - Los Muertos

      Jon Bon Jovi stars in this trashy but pretty entertaining horror flick. Vampires: Los Muertos centers on vampire hunter-for-hire Derek Bliss (Bon Jovi), who gets bounties from the likes of the "Van Helsing Group" for every bloodsucker he destroys. When a new client hires him to hunt down a particularly powerful vampire queen in Mexico, he reluctantly starts to form a team--only to discover that all his potential posse members have just been killed. But soon he gathers a haphazard crew (including Diego Luna from Y Tu Mama Tambien and Natasha Wagner from Lost Highway) and sets off across the hot Mexican landscape. Vampires: Los Muertos has some gaps in logic, but it's pretty lean and spry--in the first 10 minutes, the vampire queen has already bitten off someone's tongue--and it has enough cheap eye candy to be a satisfying low-budget flick. --Bret Fetzer

       
      The Vampires Collection: Vampires, Vampires: Los Muertos, and Vampires: The Turning
      The Vampires Collection: Vampires, Vampires: Los Muertos, and Vampires: The Turning

      JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES: A contemporary and blood-chilling take on the gothic legend, horror master John Carpenter's Vampires stars James Woods as the ultimate vampire slayer on his most dangerous mission ever. JOHN CARPENTER PRESENTS VAMPIRES: LOS MUERTOS: This follow-up to the box office hit John Carpenter's Vampires has Jon Bon Jovi taking over as the top Vampire hunter. He leads an unconventional band of fellow hunters into battle with an ancient bloodsucker who is in search of a legendary artifact that will let her kind walk in the daylight. VAMPIRES: THE TURNING: A young American kickboxer in Thailand joins up with a group of vampire slayers - some vampire and some human - in order to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend from Kiran, a vampire warlord awoken by a solar eclipse.

       
      John Carpenter's Pack (Vampires, Christine, Starman)
      John Carpenter's Pack (Vampires, Christine, Starman)

      ChristineShe can't (and won't) drive 55.... Stephen King's novel about the twisted love affair between a boy and his car gets transferred to the screen, courtesy of suspense master John Carpenter. Although lacking some of the more outré supernatural elements of the source material, this high-octane cinematic tune-up more than delivers the goods, horror-wise (Christine's midnight rampages will never be forgotten)--as well as being a sly exposé of the random cruelties within the high-school pecking order. Keith Gordon (who has gone on to become a stellar director in his own right, with films such as A Midnight Clear and Mother Night to his credit) gives a wonderfully controlled central performance. Carpenter's atmospheric original score is backed up by a well-chosen collection of rock classics, including George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" (the titular character's all-too-apt theme song). --Andrew Wright VampiresTalk about an opening. The first few minutes of John Carpenter's Vampires--in which James Woods's vampire killer leads a dawn raid on a New Mexico "goon nest" of bloodsuckers--not only suggests a horror movie that will not pull any punches, it even evokes some of the more disturbing dream-memories of American Westerns. Muscular and uncompromised, the sequence suggests a new Carpenter classic unraveling before one's eyes. Well, dream on. Things don't quite work out that way, but this is still a film to reckon with. There are a few serious (and surprising) misjudgments on the director's part, particularly a mishandling of Sheryl Lee's role as a prostitute poisoned by the bite of a "master vampire" (who pretty much wiped out Woods's team of goon terminators). But aside from some weaknesses, the action is jolting, the suggested complicity of the Catholic Church in destroying monsters is provocative, and the traces of Howard Hawks's continuing influence on Carpenter's storytelling are in evidence. --Tom Keogh StarmanWhile most movie buffs are likely to call Halloween the best movie from John Carpenter, others--die-hard romantics and anyone who cried while watching E.T.--might vote in favor of the director's 1984 hit Starman. It's easily Carpenter's warmest and most beguiling film, and the only one that ever earned an Oscar nomination. That honor went specifically to Best Actor nominee Jeff Bridges for his performance as an alien visitor to Earth who is knocked off course and must take an interstate road trip to rendezvous with a mothership from his home planet. To complete this journey he assumes the physical form of the dead husband of a Wisconsin widow (Karen Allen) who responds first with fear, then sympathy, and finally love. Carpenter's graceful strategy is to switch the focus of this E.T.-like film from science fiction to a gentle road-movie love story, made believable by the memorable performances of Bridges and Allen. It's a bit heavy-handed with tenacious government agents who view the Starman as an alien threat (don't they always?), but Carpenter handles the action with intelligent flair, sensitivity, and lighthearted humor. If you're not choked up during the final scene, well, you just might not be human. --Jeff Shannon

       
      Hammer Horror Series (Brides of Dracula / Curse of the Werewolf / Phantom of the Opera (1962) / Paranoiac / Kiss of the Vampire / Nightmare / Night Creatures / Evil of Frankenstein)
      Hammer Horror Series (Brides of Dracula / Curse of the Werewolf / Phantom of the Opera (1962) / Paranoiac / Kiss of the Vampire / Nightmare / Night Creatures / Evil of Frankenstein)

      Hammer Films, one of the most celebrated horror studios in the history of cinema, presents 8 classic horror films in one collection. From Dracula to Frankenstein, werewolves to phantoms, the Hammer Horror Series showcases some of the most terrifying monsters in the history of cinema and features legendary performances by Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed and Janette Scott.

       
      Horror of Dracula
      Horror of Dracula

      Jonathan Harker, a student of vampires, ventures to Dracula's castle and attacks him. The revengeful vampire leaves his dark abode to prey on the family of his attacker's fiancee. The only man able to protect Harker and his fiancee is Dr. Van Helsing, a friend of Harker's. As a fellow-student of vampires, he's determined to destroy Dracula.DVD Features:Interactive MenusScene AccessTheatrical Trailer

       
      Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (Widescreen)
      Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (Widescreen)

      Captain Kronos (Horst Janson; Murphy's War) , a vampire hunter and expert swordsman who, with the assistance fo the beautiful gypsy Carla (Caroline Munro; The Spy Who Love Me) and his hunchbacked assistant, Professor Grost (John Cater; Rising Damp), roam the country in search of vampires. On their travels, the trio happens upon a village where they find that a vampire has been draining the youth from beautiful, young girls. Devising a daring plan, Captain Kronos and his aids attempt to save the village before the death toll equlas the population.

       
      Dracula A.D. 1972
      Dracula A.D. 1972

      London's become a small town for a handful of jaded psychedelic-era hipsters. But Johnny Alucard has a groovy new way for his pals to get their kicks. A certain ritual will be the living end, he insists. And if you still wonder where Johnny's coming from, try spelling his last name backwards. Dracula is raised into the modern era in this Hammer Studios shocker that's "quite well done" (John Stanley, Creature Features). Christopher Lee dons the cape for the sixth time and seeks out fresh victims. As archnemesis Van Helsing, fellow horror legend Peter Cushing clutches a vial of holy water and edges within throwing distance. Their harrowing battle royale is not to be missed. In fact, it's the living end. Director: Alan Gibson Starring: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Stephanie Beacham

       
      Dracula Has Risen From the Grave
      Dracula Has Risen From the Grave

      When the niece of a prominent clergyman becomes Dracula's victim, the monsignor vows to put a stop to Dracula's deadly ways.

       
      Taste the Blood of Dracula
      Taste the Blood of Dracula

      Three elderly distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in their boring borgoueis lives and gets in contact with one of count Dracula's servants. In a nightly ceremony they restore the count back to life. The three men killed Dracula's servant and as a revenge, the count makes sure that the gentlemen are killed one by one by their own sons.

       
      Blade: The Complete Series
      Blade: The Complete Series

      Blade (Kirk "Sticky" Jones) returns as the immortal half-man, half- vampire warrior who uses his superhuman powers and skills to fearlessly battle the demonic creatures of the night in a blood-drenched crusade to prevent their rise over mankind. With Krista Star (Jill Wagner) by his side, they fight to keep the world safe from the denizens of the dark who seek to destroy the human race.DVD Features:Audio CommentaryFeaturette

       
      Blade Trinity (Unrated Version)
      Blade Trinity (Unrated Version)

      The final battle begins and the trinity comes to an end! Blade is back and his enemies have grown in number since they resurrected their king, Dracula. Together with a new group of vampire hunters, called the Nightstalkers, led by Whistler's strong but beautiful daughter Abigail and the wise-cracking Hannibal, they must finally defeat the vampires or face inevitable extinction.

       

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