John Carpenters Vampires

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * · )

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I love vampire flicks. From Bram Stokers Dracula to From Dusk Till Dawn, I just dig em. Hell, vampires are cool. I had heard only bad things about this movie, but I have to say, as far as a fun vampire hunting story goes, it wasnt bad at all. It didnt have the Sci-fi elements of Blade, or the traditional vampire immortal walking among us of Interview with a Vampire, but it did have the same kind of quality as Desperado as far as a simple story and good action go. It really is meant as a modern B-movie, and it succeeds quite well. Lots of blood and gore, so much so you have to laugh. Some very cool shots (the vampires coming out of the ground in chapter 15, and the opening scene are both perfect examples), some very very cool characters (James Woods never kicked so much ass) and some overall good ideas. Sure, it is plagued with the overwritten plot of some black cross that makes vampires truly invulnerable, but if you chuck that, it was still a good time. The soundtrack is a mix of Mexican rock that really gives it an excellent flavor. The DVD is very well done with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a 16x9 transfer, and a directors commentary. Could only ask for maybe an interview or some deleted scenes. Overall, a good modern day B movie