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John Carpenter's Vampires1998

John Carpenter's Vampires (1998)



Critic Consensus: Nothing but one showdown after another.

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After destroying a vampire nest in rural New Mexico, Team Crow is savagely ambushed during the victory celebration by the unholy Valek, a vicious 600-year-old vampire. With most of his team massacred, and accompanied only by a young priest and the sole surviving member of his team, Montoya, Crow pursues Valek through the high deserts, culminating in a fateful confrontation between faith and immortality.

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James Woods
as Jack Crow
Daniel Baldwin
as Tony Montoya
Sheryl Lee
as Katrina
Tim Guinee
as Father Guiteau, Ojciec Guiteau
Gregory Sierra
as Father Giovanni, Ojciec Giovanni
Henry Kingi
as Anthony
Maximilian Schell
as Cardinal Alba, Kardyna? Alba
Mark Silvertsen
as Highway Patrolman
John Furlong
as Father Molina, Ojciec Molina
Angelina Calderon Torres
as Sprz?taczka, Cleaning Lady
Jimmy Ortega
as Male Vampire #1, Wampirzyca
Gilbert Rosales
as Wampir, Male Vampire #2
Danielle Burgio
as Woman Vampire #1, Wampirzyca
Laura Cordova
as Female Vampire #2, Wampirzyca
Troy Robinson
as Male Master #1
Anita Hart
as Female Master #2
John Casino
as Male Master #3
Chad Stahelski
as Male Master #4
Steve Blalock
as Male Master #5
Marjean Holden
as Female Master #6
Cris Thomas-Palomino
as Female Master #7
Julia McFerrin
as Hooker #1
Lori Dillen
as Hooker #2
Jake Walker
as County Sheriff
Michael Huddleston
as Motel Owner
Todd Anderson
as Deputy Sheriff
Dennis E. Garber
as Limousine Driver
Robert L. Bush
as TV News Anchor
Frank Darabont
as Buick Man
Ann Romero
as Hooker
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Critic Reviews for John Carpenter's Vampires

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (8)

So, John Carpenter's Vampires stinks, and "Paul Tatara's Review of John Carpenter's Vampires" won't be a review so much as it'll be a check list for posturing teenage boys.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The movie has a certain mordant humor, and some macho dialogue that's funny... But the movie is not scary, and the plot is just one gory showdown after another.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Vampires is unmistakably the work of Carpenter, full of gory action and gruff characters.

October 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The picture isn't anything special, but by the standards of late-career Carpenter, it'll have to do.

September 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Vampires is a mixed bag. It's clear that John Carpenter is still having fun whilst making this movie. And John Carpenter having fun is something the world generally benefits from.

January 27, 2019 | Full Review…

This is Carpenter in prime form. Easily his most violent film, it features iconoclast heroes with a streak of misogyny and unrepentant machismo, which provides a perverse comic book irony. These guys are emissaries of the Vatican...

August 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for John Carpenter's Vampires

Or known as 'John Carpenter's Vampires' if you wish. This film starts off really well with Woods and his vampire slaying team cooking up some vamps in their own unique way. They find em, harpoon em and drag them out into the sunlight via a winch on a truck. What I really liked about the film was this cool vamp slaying team, there were a few well known faces in there, character actors that really made a unique cool looking unit. Its such a shame that they all get wiped out early on. This leaves Woods and Baldwin galloping up diarrhea drive without a saddle. It also seems to diminish the film before its even started, but wait! all is not lost. Woods character is a solid hard ass, he looks unashamedly cool with his black leather coat, blue jeans and shades, he's got a mouth on him, a wicked name and knows his way around most weaponry, in short he's an older Snake Plissken with a short back n sides. The plot is simple enough, its Woods vs vampires, good enough for ya?. When I say vampires I mean just one badass head vampire (who looks suspiciously like the head nutter from 'Ghosts of Mars') and a lot of faceless stake fodder. Its all about Woods really, yeah he has the typical wet sidekick pushed on him, a newbie priest to look after, and there's Baldwin but to be honest they don't figure. You wanna see Woods swearing and kicking vampire ass. When I first heard of this I didn't think too much of it, after 'Escape From LA' most were in shock and this really didn't sound very inspiring. But this does turn out to be a pretty decent western vampire flick along the lines of 'From Dusk Till Dawn'. There is plenty of blood and gore with some nice body part effects, obviously violence is high, nice visuals and your obligatory cowboy-like musical score. Not your obvious Carpenter flick as it does seem more glossy than most, still looks a bit 'made for TV' here and there but generally its a tad more Hollywood. Doesn't add much new to the vampire lore either, only the way they harpoon vamps and certain weapons have a face lift of sorts. All your usual types of deaths, leaping around, decapitations, vampire POV, bone snapping sound effects etc...are present and correct. Better than you would expect but mainly down to Woods, without him who knows. Its cheesy and not quite up to the standards of other more original quirky Carpenter films but it certainly holds its own amongst other vampire films. It does always amuse me though how all the characters know regular bullets don't have any effect on vampires, yet they continually empty clips into them as if it will do any good. 'Can I ask ya something Padre? When I was kickin your ass back get a little wood?'

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Here's a John Carpenter movie that I hadn't seen before, and one that I found pretty enjoyable for the most part. You see I've never been a huge John Carpenter fan. Yes he's made some terrific films in a couple of different genres, but when you look at his overall output, a lot of times it feels lazy and stinks of egotism. Hell, nearly ever movie he makes he puts his name on the title, and I don't like that at all. Vampires could have been a great abortion in the style and awfulness of Ghosts of Mars, which he made right after this one, but it isn't. It's not incredibly-well acted (other than James Woods) and it's laughably schlocky at times, but it's different and manages to actually be entertaining in spite of itself. I wouldn't call it a masterpiece or anything, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was. It's not one of Carpenter's best films, but it's decent enough that you won't be bored or angry, like I usually get watching his lower calibre movies.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

I have heard a lot of good things about this movie and people keep asking me why I hate it since I love vampire movies, so I suppose I will give it another try sometime. But for now, I will say that I hated the beginning of this movie, it's confusing and strange and I couldn't find anything good about it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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