John Carpenter's Vampires

Release Date: October 30th, 1998

DVD Release Date: February 9th, 1999

R |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

Ever since his parents were murdered by vampires, Jack Crow (James Woods) has had one purpose in life: putting stakes through bloodsuckers' hearts. With his battle-hardened crew of vampire killers and the assistance of the Catholic Church, Crow roams the New Mexico desert looking for undead lairs to annihilate. But he meets his match when, at a roadside motel, he comes face to face with Jan Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith), a vampire kingpin possessed of incredible powers.

Cast: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith, Tim Guinee, Maximilian Schell, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Mark Boone Junior

Director: John Carpenter

Genres: Horror , Action , Western

Production Co: JVC Entertainment, Storm King Productions, Largo Entertainment

Keywords: 1990s, Quest, Rivalry, Revenge, Amusing, Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie has a certain mordant humor, and some macho dialogue that's funny. Woods manfully keeps a straight face through goofy situations where many another actor would have signaled us with a wink. But the movie is not scary, and the plot is just one gory showdown after another. show more

  • 63
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The essential problem with the movie isn't that it's loud, violent, and gory, but that, before Carpenter ratchets up the tension in the final 35 minutes, it's not especially interesting. show more

  • 75
    Liam LaceyThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Crude, rude, nasty fun. show more

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