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John Carpenter's Vampires

  R HD Closed Captioning

John Carpenter

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Plot Summary

In the blood-chilling tradition of Halloween and Village of the Damned comes John Carpenter's unique vision of the ultimate killing machines, VAMPIRES. "Forget everything you've ever heard about vampires," warns Jack Crow (James Woods), the leader of Team Crow, a relentless group of mercenary vampire slayers. When Master Vampire Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith) decimates Jack's entire team, Crow and the sole team survivor, Montoya (Daniel Baldwin), set out in pursuit. Breaking all the rules, Crow and Montoya take one of Valek's victims hostage. The beautiful but unlucky prostitute (Sheryl Lee) is their sole psychic link to Valek, and through her senses they will track down the leader of the undead. As Valek nears the climax of his 600-year search for the Berziers Cross, Jack and the new Team Crow do everything humanly possible to prevent him from possessing the only thing that can grant him and all vampires the omnipotent power to walk in the daylight.

Customer Reviews

I love this movie!

This is a classic scary movie! Another great John carpenter film! But when are you going to get Halloween on here itunes? And not the new one because that one was terrible but the original one.

John Carpenter's Vampires

It's okay.

John Carpenter has lost all his style, all his ability, all his wits, all his taste.

I am a John Carpenter fan, a fanatic. I love all of his earlier work, most of which I consider classics. Not only are Escape from New York and The Thing two of my favorite films, they were ahead of their time, and archetypal pieces of genre filmmaking. Carpenter has a very identifiable and original style, something very few film makers can claim. I actually like They Live and most of Prince of Darkness and Village of the Damned. He can be a good director for hire, Starman, sometimes not so good (Invisible Man). He can bring out excellent, Oscar nominated work with actors; Starman and fantastic ensemble work; The Thing. He can be campy but iconic; Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China. He has almost unequaled ability to bring in high class work work with small budgets. Carpenter is in many ways the Miles Davis of film. However, here in Vampires everything is awful across the board. The acting is pitiful, James Woods woefully miscast, has nothing to go on, the script is terrible and Carpenter doesn't seem to care. Too bad he didn't write it himself, he might have invested more. Vampires contains none of the old Carpenter. Sure some of the elements are there, as if just to prove it's actually Carpenter and not some Sci-Fi Channel hack, the music, the widescreen cinematography, but everything else is phoned in or rather over produced. The production design is horrible, the dialogue, the acting, every choice he makes as director is awful. I hate to say it, but even the music is overwrought Carpenter and I love Carpenter's scores. He is limited as a musician, but knows it and instead makes up for it with taste, putting in the minimum and it results in a raw atmosphere that drives his movies with a living heartbeat.  Here we get bad Tex-Mex Bar music, something he has previously shown an affinity for.  Carpenter works best with limitations and at a $20 million budget, he had far too much money for such a small film. He wastes it in areas where he would never waste before, cheesy hotel sets, awful EFX. After so many vampire movies one would think Carpenter would certainly come up with something grand, and grand meaning minimalist but perfectly well thought out. Not so, this is your stereotypical Vampire, long hair, overly costumed, and hissy. Everything about this movie makes me cringe and wish for the old Carpenter to awaken and get back to work, but alas, that is not likely to happen, especially with further excursions into tasteless filmmaking like Ghost of Mars, where he essentially whores himself and his oeuvre out (Assault on Precinct 13).

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 1999

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