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.