John Carpenter's Vampires

1998

John Carpenter's Vampires

Critics Consensus

Nothing but one showdown after another.

40%

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Total Count: 50

47%

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Movie Info

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.

Cast

James Woods
as Jack Crow
Daniel Baldwin
as Tony Montoya
Sheryl Lee
as Katrina
Tim Guinee
as Father Guiteau
Gregory Sierra
as Father Giovanni
Henry Kingi
as Anthony
Maximilian Schell
as Cardinal Alba
Mark Silvertsen
as Highway Patrolman
John Furlong
as Father Molina
Jimmy Ortega
as Male Vampire #1
Gilbert Rosales
as Male Vampire #2
Danielle Burgio
as Woman Vampire #1
Laura Cordova
as Female Vampire #2
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) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (30)

  • 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.

    Feb 8, 2018 | Full Review…

    Paul Tatara

    CNN.com
    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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Vampires is unmistakably the work of Carpenter, full of gory action and gruff characters.

    Oct 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.

    Sep 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.

    Jan 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...

    Aug 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for John Carpenter's Vampires

  • Jun 03, 2016
    So many weird cinematic choices are made here, a subpar Souther Gothic. But if you want to show someone what "cool" looked like in Texas in the mid-to-late 90's, you can show them the opening scene of this film.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2013
    Lots of gore, no plot. Vampires is a western horror that started off well but then went down hill as soon as the team finished executing a bunch of Mexican vampires. it's somewhat fun to watch but it doesn't make much sense overall.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2012
    John Carpenter delivers a bold new vision of the undead in his action/horror film Vampires. The story follows a pair of vampire slayers that go rogue in order to pursue a master vampire named Valek, who they believe to be the original source of vampirism. James Woods leads the cast, which also includes Sheryl Lee and Daniel Baldwin. However, the characters aren't written very well and the performances bear that out. But the vampire lore of the film is quite interesting and keeps the film engaging. So while the story isn't that compelling, the action and mythology keeps Vampires entertaining.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2010
    Pretty cool. I"m not a fan of James Woods personally, but he did a really good job in this. Very entertaining, but I still enjoyed Los Muertos (the sequel starring Bon Jovi) better.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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