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A 1998 action film based on Marvel Comics vampire-slaying anti-hero.

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A very loose adaptation of one of Marvel Comics lesser known character.

  • May 17, 2009
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Blade is the first film of the Blade franchise. Loosley based upon a character that appeared in Tomb of Dracula. Blade (Wesley Snipes) is the son of a vampire. Half human and half vampire, he's what you would call a day walker. But he needs to feed on blood in order to survive. The movie follows Blade as he prepares to wage war on the vampires. Within the vampire organized society, there's a struggle for power. Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) wants to become the new leader. Dragonetti (Udo Kier) doesn't want to relinquish his title so easily. Will Blade destroy the living dead blood suckers? How does Deacon convince Dragonetti to give up his title? Do they change a lot of Blade's original character? To find out you have to watch BLADE!!

This movie was successful enough to renew interest in making Marvel Comic superheroes into silver screen giants.  Maybe someday they'll adapt Tomb of Dracula and make a more faithful version of Blade.  The movie version will take those comic book geeks by surprise because the filmmakers tweaked his character too much.

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November 10, 2009
It's funny, most comic book geeks I've talked to actually site this film as being the point in which they took the Blade character seriously. He certainly has been more prolific since this.
November 10, 2009
I didn't like the wholesale change of his character. I used to read Tomb of Dracula when I was younger and they changed his character quite a bit.
November 10, 2009
Absolutely, but whereas before he was very much in the mold of a cliche blaxploitation character like Shaft, now he seems more three-dimensional and realistic, at least in the first film. I also appreciated the addition of the sword and throwing glaive, which are just much cooler than stake-knives.
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Quick Tip by . April 15, 2011
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Other than Tim Burton's original Batman and Alex Proyas' The Crow, Blade was one of the first really dark, really serious attempts at taking a comic book character and putting him on screen in an adaptation intended for adults. Directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David S. Goyer, who has subsequently been involved in all three Blade films and numerous other comic book adaptations, the film is highly stylized and quite engaging despite some flaws in the internal logic and some sloppy …
Quick Tip by . August 30, 2010
Awesome butt kicking Vampire action movie back when Vampires were kinda cool.
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
as far as action movies go this one does not fail to deliver...as far as vampire movies go...its really not that great.
review by . February 08, 2009
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Before (almost as long as I can remember) DC comics had the monopoly on comic-inspired blockbuster films. Marvel had some movie adaptations but none of them took its source material quite seriously. Examples were Roger Corman's unreleased "Fantastic Four", "The Punisher", "Captain America" among other abysmal adaptations--Well, all these were before "BLADE". The film is directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David Goyer and based on the character …
Quick Tip by . September 24, 2009
Blade really kicked off Marvel's film adaptations. Blade tells the story of a half-human half-vampire warrior who must fight the vampires!!!
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The first film of the Blade series.

Blade is a 1998 vampire action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. The film was directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David S. Goyer. Snipes plays Blade, a half-human and half-vampire who protects humans against vampires. Blade grossed $70 million at the U.S. box office, and $131.2 million worldwide. Two sequels, Blade II and Blade: Trinity, were subsequently produced.

Based upon a character from the Tomb of Dracula comic book series.
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Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Release Date: August 21, 1998
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: David S. Goyer
DVD Release Date: 2001
Runtime: 121 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema
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