This movie would have been an excellent pilot for an ongoing television series.
The concept of an organized group of Vampire hunters, the hard and direct way they do their job and the no-nonsense attitude of James Woods as Jack the head killer would have translated very well to the small screen.
The movie itself suffers only from the quick elimination of most of the team. It would seem very unlikely that these "professinals" would be so easily taken.
All of the characters are acted well. I've never had much use for the Baldwin brothers, but Daniel does a good job here. The biggest kudos have to go to James Woods who as always gives a performance that is so believeable that you can't think of the role with any other actor.
John Carpenter's Vampires is a gritty no nonsense movie that is worth your money and a great variation to a genre that could use it.
VAMPIRES I had first seen this movie while living in Maryland years ago and decided one day after Christmas when I had some extra cash that I would go out and buy this flick. I can say now that I am really glad that I did because I find this film to be really good and entertaining. I believe I watched this as soon as I got home and put it into a vampire marathon, this movie, the sequel, all three From Dusk Till Dawn films, and few others. That was probably one of the best … more
Don Jakoby did a very good job adapting the novel by John Steakley into this film, the screenplay must have been great. Of course John directed the film, but James Woods, Thomas Ian Griffith, and Danial Baldwin bring this great story to life. Believe me this movie is great is a fun little get away.
Talk about an opening. The first few minutes of John Carpenter'sVampires--in which James Woods's vampire killer leads a dawn raid on a New Mexico "goon nest" of bloodsuckers--not only suggests a horror movie that will not pull any punches, it even evokes some of the more disturbing dream-memories of American Westerns. Muscular and uncompromised, the sequence suggests a new Carpenter classic unraveling before one's eyes. Well, dream on. Things don't quite work out that way, but this is still a film to reckon with. There are a few serious (and surprising) misjudgments on the director's part, particularly a mishandling of Sheryl Lee's role as a prostitute poisoned by the bite of a "master vampire" (who pretty much wiped out Woods's team of goon terminators). But aside from some weaknesses, the action is jolting, the suggested complicity of the Catholic Church in destroying monsters is provocative, and the traces of Howard Hawks's continuing influence on Carpenter's storytelling are in evidence.--Tom Keogh