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John Carpenter's Vampires (Superbit Collection) (1998)

James Woods , Daniel Baldwin , John Carpenter  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith, Maximilian Schell
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: Don Jakoby, John Steakley
  • Producers: Barr B. Potter, David Rodgers, Don Jakoby, Sandy King
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009VTX7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great performances, atmosphere overcome an uneven script. February 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Vampires is one of my all time favorite movies, but to be fair, I could not give it five stars. However, I think anyone who likes horror, vampire movies or spaghetti Westerns MUST see this film at least once.
Vampires has almost everything it needs to be a truly great horror flick -- and it is good enough that I've been obsessing over owning the video ever since it left the theaters. It has great performances -- James Woods, of course, can always make me cringe, laugh or melt with startling ease, and it looks like he had a lot of fun with his role as obsessed vampire slayer Jack Crow. Supporting cast was solid, direction was crisp and snappy, the camera work was wonderful, costuming and props were cool (love the slayers' tools and Valek's coat!), and Carpenter's score suits what's going on onscreen perfectly.
Ironically, two of the best performances in the flick -- Thomas Ian Griffith as Valek, a genuinely scary and sensual vampire badguy, and Sheryl Lee as Katrina, a nascent vampire being used by the slayers to track Valek down -- had the least to work with where the script is concerned. Neither were given enough lines, but managed to do more with expression, tone and body language to make their characters believable than many people could have done with ten times that amount of dialog and screen time. Griffith especially was given short shrift in this department, but still manages to terrify and enthrall.
Vampires is also daring. Jack Crow (many of whose lines Woods improvised, to great effect) is absolutely uncompromising -- tough, flawed, mean, hot-tempered, and nearly as vicious as his quarry. He's the kind of person who will literally do whatever it takes to get the job done, and that's hard to look at at times. And no, he's not a nice guy.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Vampire Flick, but Lacks Some Bite July 23, 2004
By CreepyT
Format:DVD
Jack Crow (James Woods) and his band of renegade wannabe Van Helsings are modern-day vampire hunters. Together they find and kill the world?s bloodsuckers, and are supported by the church in doing so. One day, seemingly like any other, they set out to rid the world of yet another ?nest.? Just like true heroes they kill all vampires present. However, they note that it is quite odd that there seemed to be no master present in this particular group of fiends. Brushing that thought aside, the group heads to a local motel to party in celebration of the day?s victory.

Their party is cut short when the master makes his presence known by killing all present at the party with the exception of Jack Crow and his partner Montoya (Daniel Baldwin), as well as one random prostitute. This master vampire bites the prostitute and then leaves her with the two remaining vampire hunters. Since she, as she gradually turns into a creature of the night, will have a telepathic link to the one who bit her, Crow keeps her around to lead him to this nasty nighttime fiend. When the church is questioned regarding this particular vampire, Crow discovers that there is more to this vamp than meets the eye. With a newly acquired church representative in tow, Crow and Montoya set out to kill the bloodsucker.

Though this is not the best of Carpenter?s work, he can really do no wrong in my book. His score, though highly cliched, is memorable. The script can be ?dangerously cheesy? at times, but that is, in fact, part of the point. The religious undertones are intriguing as well. The characters are all well cast, and the acting is great considering the less-than-stellar script and plot they had to go with. It?s interesting to see the slightly different take vampire lore.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Time to kill some vampires. You with us, Padre?" August 9, 2006
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Directed by John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York), Vampires (1998) stars James Woods (The Onion Field, Videodrome, Any Given Sunday)...Kurt Russell must have had a prior engagement...as Jack Crow, vampire hunter extraordinaire and master of the colorful invective. Also appearing is one of the lesser Baldwin brothers, Daniel, to be exact ("Homicide: Life on the Street", Mulholland Falls), who had an interesting turn last year on VH1's celebrity reality show "Celebrity Fit Club" possibly...scratch that...definitely indicating ongoing substance abuse issues, Thomas Ian Griffith (Behind Enemy Lines, xXx), Sheryl Lee ("Twin Peaks", "One Tree Hill"), Tim Guinee (Blade), whom I best remember from his role on the television show "Law and Order" as an infinitely creepy, manipulative killer who defends himself at trial (it was a 2001 episode titled "Hubris"), and Maximilian Schell (Judgment at Nuremberg, The Black Hole), godfather to actress Angelina Jolie.

As the film, set in the American southwest, begins, we see Jack Crow and his Roman-Catholic ordained and funded crew of mercenaries arriving at a dilapidated, isolated farmhouse they believe to contain a nest of vampires (and they're right). After cleaning house the crew of misfits celebrates with a drunken whoopee party in a nearby seedy motel, only to get slaughtered as a really powerful vampire (master of the nest they most recently destroyed), donning a velour overcoat, shows up effectively spoiling the festivities (nothing kills a party like having your melon torn off). Jack and another of his team, one named Montoya (Baldwin), manage to escape, taking along Katrina (Lee), a prostitute at the party who has since been bitten, as she's now Jack's only link to the one who decimated his team.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Fave Vampire Movie
I've seen it several times, and I love it. James Woods makes a great vampire slayer. I only wish they'd made a part 2. :-)
Published 17 days ago by Donna Marie Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you ready for the ride of your life
There has been many vampire movies but this one stand far apart. From the
director of John Carpenter comes "Vampires". Do you think even a priest can save you?
Published 18 days ago by louis borgo
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
I don't know if they were even trying to go for scary with this one, but I liked it because it was actually quite funny.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars vampires
vampires is a great movie john carpenter has a lot of good movies out there i thank he has books to
Published 2 months ago by rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun / entertaining to watch
A mix between old classic vampire movie in a new and modern age and comedy spoof pretty entertaining with some funny comedy and one-liners
Published 2 months ago by mtmb
3.0 out of 5 stars "Say Padre, when you were stabbing this vampire, did you get wood?"
This is a watchable, but sadly not very good film - mostly an unfulfilled promise. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maciej
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best
Besides the overweight prostitute who gets bitten... I have to say it was a pretty decent movie... buy it nnow
Published 3 months ago by Raven
2.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Bites the Dust
This wasn't as bad as expected in the begining and I gave it a chance but somewhere around half way, the film becomes another routine teen action flick with nothing to say. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter's Vampires
A must see! I had seen this movie when it came out, it was still well worth purchasing and adding to my video library. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elicia Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent picture-price & delivery
Classic vampire movie! Excellent picture quality. You also get the best price on Amazon. I always order 3 or more movies so I can get free shipping. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Edward
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