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John Carpenter's Vampires [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

James Woods , Daniel Baldwin , John Carpenter    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 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, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Feb 1999
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305258287
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,588 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The first few minutes of John Carpenter's Vampires--in which James Woods' vampire killer leads a dawn raid on a New Mexico "goon nest" of bloodsuckers--not only suggests a horror movie that refuses to pull its punches, but even evokes some of the more disturbing dream-memories of American Westerns. Muscular and uncompromising, the sequence suggests a new Carpenter classic unravelling before one's eyes. Things don't quite work out that way, but this is still a film to reckon with. There are a few serious (and surprising) misjudgements 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' 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' continuing influence on Carpenter's storytelling are in evidence. -- Tom Keogh,

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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 Valak'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 Berbers 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.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
John Carpenter proves he hasn't lost his mojo with this darkly intriguing film featuring two of the most frightful creatures on Earth: vampires and one of the Baldwin brothers. I love traditional vampire stories with suave and debonair Dracula types, but sometimes you just want to get down and dirty with the creatures of darkness and bring an edgier type of horror to the banquet. Jack Crow (James Woods) and his crew of modern-day vampire slayers don't mess around, a fact which is made clear in the most vivid of ways in the opening scenes of the film. We join the fun at an old abandoned house somewhere in the Southwest U.S., a location that has been identified as a probable nest of bloodsuckers. The guys load up, move in, and find themselves in a personal war as these vampires tend to subscribe to the old "the best defense is a good offense" strategy. While the gore is not excessive by any means, there's blood enough to somewhat sate the avaricious desires of the horror-loving viewer, and I could have watched vampires being hauled out into the sun to spontaneously combust all day long. Crow is a little bothered by the fact that the "master" he expected to find in the nest was a no-show, but he doesn't let that stop the party the boys throw back at the hotel. Cheap booze and cheap women are the main attractions, and even the team's priest (none other than Julio from Sanford and Son) ties one on. Crow himself is on the verge of a little excitement with a hot little number named Katrina (Sheryl Lee) when the master he was looking for earlier decides to crash the party.
Crow escapes with his right-hand man Montoya (Daniel Baldwin) and Katrina, a vampire in the making.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter turns his hand to vampires... 30 Aug 2003
By Priyan Meewella VINE VOICE
This is not so much a vampire film by John Carpenter as it is a John Carpenter film that just happens to have vampires in it. Carpenter returns to the vampire western setting immediately reminiscent of Near Dark, but this is a very different movie, not least because it focuses on the "other side".
Jack Crow [James Woods] is out for revenge after the vampire master Valek [Thomas Ian Griffith] kills off all but one of his slaying team (which was in itself an act of revenge...nevermind). To track him down, Woods uses a prostitute, Katrina [Sheryl Lee], who has developed a psychic link with Valek after being bitten. Also with him are his remaining slayer pal Montoya and naive priest Father Adam. Once Valek is revealed to be the first vampire on a mission for omnipotence, Crow certainly has his work cut out...
Crow is a standard hardened cynical hero, tough and efficient, happy to use threats to get results. He works for the establishment but plays by his own rules (becoming a habit with these modern slayers...). Much like all the major Carpenter leads, he finds himself set up and has a job to do. This flawed crusader role fits James Wood perfectly, and he delivers the cycnicism cuttingly, especially as regards the church he works for.
Valek is a scary presence, supremely powerful, ruthless and swift in his killings. In fact, he is much like an evil Crow. Griffith's presence resonates whenever he is onscreen, monstrously tall with faint veins running along his pale cheeks. However, after his initial attack upon the slayers, there is very little for him to do other than be chased down by Crow.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun take on the vampire legend. 28 Aug 2002
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Hee Hee! I really liked this film. I've always loved John Carpenter's stuff anyway ("The Thing" - ooh!) but found a lot of his more recent stuff just a little too sick/gory. This film is a welcome return to his tamer work which has that tongue in cheek feel to it without distracting from a superb horror element.
James Woods is superbly cast as the head vampire hunter and really makes the film his own. Daniel Baldwin is an endearing sidekick, but it is the vampire-butt-kicking priest that often steals the scene.
It's one of those films (which is common right now in the vampire arena) that offers yet another explanation for the creation of The Vampire and alternatives to the common myths of crucifixes and garlic etc. It's not your typical "stake 'em and we all live happily ever after" vampire film, but instead ends rather sadly with one of Wood's character's good friends being "turned" and many vampires left un-defeated.
Woods and his team have a rather odd technique to killing their vampires which is indicitive of Carpenter's style. It's a kind of quirky film with it's serious moments as well. The head vampire is rather more realistic that the traditional sexy vampires you'll find in films like Fright Night, Dracula 2001 etc. (altho they too are fab films). Instead, this vampire is rather pale, veiny and cold and pretty brutal. That said,
the vampires aren't scary as such and this is not a particularly scary movie. It is however fun, intreging and a must for Carpenter and vampire fans.
If you don't take it too seriously (which I don't think you're meant to), you'll not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A VAMPIRE WESTERN!

Bringing two of my favorite genres together, what could possibly go wrong? Actually a lot, but thank God, John Carpenter directed this little gem! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caligula II.
4.0 out of 5 stars Crispy critters...
Since his parents had been killed by vampires, Jack Crow lives for revenge.

H e is a fanatic vampire-hunter who works with a good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
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 John Carpenter's film - mostly an unfulfilled promise. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampires are hereee!
One of the best movies. just soo exciting to watch. it's got the whole action. vampires, but also does have comedy in the movie. so it is worth having and watching. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Zain
It is interesting to see how movies have changed over time. The opening consist of a group of non-garlic vampire hunters finding what they believe is a nest of vampires. Read more
Published 12 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars It Is The Best Vampire Movie
This is the Best Movie. I can see it again and again. I Like Movies from this Type. My Regard
Published 12 months ago by RSFRabeea
4.0 out of 5 stars Lvely blood and gore
An action vampire film that concentrates on the 'vampire killers' rather than the vampires themselves.. Woods is at his usual brilliance.
Published 14 months ago by Mr. K. Robins
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
James Woods is just super cool in this movie. All round an excellent purchase and great watch. I would recommend to anyone
Published 15 months ago by David Hills
3.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter, back on form
After the very average Village of the Damned and Escape from LA, Carpenter's flame was waining. However going back to his horror roots seems to have worked. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Colonel Decker
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Horrible Blu Ray Edition
Let me make one thing clear before we go any further - I'm a massive John Carpenter fan and regard Vampires as one of my favourite John Carpenter films. Read more
Published on 12 July 2012 by A. Cox
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