John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) Movie Review

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John Carpenter's Vampires (1998)

1998 | R | Horror, Thriller, Action
108 minutes / 1h 48min

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John Carpenter's Vampires Plot Synopsis:

The church has long known that vampires exist. However, it is discovered that a group of vampires are searching for a powerful doom for mankind. The Vatican then secretly enlists a team of vampire-hunters, led by Jack Crow, to hunt down and destroy the vampires before they find the crucifix.

John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) Review

John Carpenter‘s Vampires (1998) has the master of horror bringing us this film as one of his better last films he has directed. Carpenter had an estimated budget of $20 million with the box office run totaling $20 million; breaking even.


Vampires has a lot of vampire action with hunters getting massacred in the first segment of the movie. The leader of the vampire hunter group and last survivor, Jack Crow played by James Woods (Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Casino (1995), Videodrome (1983)), tries to figure out who betrayed his team and what the master vampire has planned.

The first few moments of this film sets a high expectation for the rest of the film that it does not deliver on. The high paced action and group previously introduced are immediately wiped out by a master vampire. I guess it sets up how evil and vile this master vampire is but does drastically change the tone of the film. Who sold them out? This vampire movie then turns into a fantastic vampire mythology ride and focuses more on the thriller aspect.

The acting was good from most of the cast, but James Woods carried the film with the level of tenacity we expect from him in a movie. The special effects were good most of the time but suffered a little in some of the scenes towards the end of the film. Watch John Carpenter’s Vampires, but it is not one of Carpenter’s better films.

  • John Carpenter's Vampires Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.48
  • IMDB: 6.1
  • MetaCritic: 4.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.7

About John Carpenter's Vampires 1998

Title: John Carpenter's Vampires
AKA: Vampires
Year: 1998
Runtime: 108 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action
Reviewer:
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.74/5 stars from 47,679 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 47,679
MPAA Rating: R
John Carpenter's Vampires Cast Starring: Lex Lang, Thomas Rosales Jr., Mark Boone Junior, Henry Kingi, James Woods, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tim Guinee, Danielle Burgio, Daniel Baldwin, Luce Rains, David Rowden, Chad Stahelski, Mark Sivertsen, Angelina Torres, Marjean Holden, Troy Robinson, Thomas Ian Griffith, John Casino, Robert Lewis Bush, Clarke Coleman, Frank Darabont, John Furlong, Michael Huddleston, Todd Anderson, Jimmy Ortega, Dennis E. Garber, Gilbert Rosales, Mona García, Laura Cordova, Candice Kirkiles
John Carpenter's Vampires Writers: John Steakley, Don Jakoby
John Carpenter's Vampires Director: John Carpenter
Production: Columbia Pictures
Language: English, Latin
Country: USA, Japan