In 1967 a woman is brought into the hospital after being attacked. She is bleeding profusely from a neck wound and is revealed to be pregnant. As the life begins to fade from her, her child is delivered and taken from her.
Thirty years later, a vampire hunter by the name of Blade, finds a supernatural rave called a BloodBath and proceeds to annihilate their ranks in search of the founder….a vampire by the name of Deacon Frost. Finding only one of his right-hand men Blade is forced to leave the vampire behind when police arrive at the scene. Knowing the being may not actually dead, Blade chooses to follow him to the hospital morgue where he is resurrected and kills the doctor there and nearly kills another.
Blade takes her to his cohort who attempts a risky and not always effective “cure” for her bite. As she discovers the world is not what she believed it to be and Blade discovers there is some sort of vampire prophecy about revealing La Magra, the mother of vampires, everything may not be as it seems. As they join together to attempt to fight the ranks of vampires swarming through L.A. they may not be enough to save the world from the fate awaiting them should Deacon Frost fulfill his mission of summoning the powers of La Magra.
-Genre: Superhero, Action Horror
-Creator: Based on characters from Blade, MARVEL Comics
-Length: 120 minutes
-Rating: R (for horror, extreme gore and violence, supernatural violence, moderate to severe profanity)
-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue
-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book
Review (contains spoilers):
This was EXACTLY the type of movie I was looking for tonight. Horror, superheroes, vampires…the supernatural. I don’t know why I haven’t watched it before. It’s got some of my favorite elements in it so far as films go.
The dynamic that is built between Blade and Karen as well as his relationship with Whistler feels complete and well balanced which is unique for a horror film. Usually, the characters are all unfamiliar with each other or are all old pals. Here we get a bit of each and both are handled very well.
We get a ton of action. A great female lead. Plenty of gore. Superheroes that feel more like anti-heroes. An awesome story filled with mythical prophasy and VAMPIRES. A really terrible bad guy…who is truly a BAD guy first and a vampire second…which doesn’t always happen.
The action sequences are great. The CGI is a bit outdated but that is to be expected for 1998. The battles are well choreographed. The costumes and the sets fit that super dark aesthetic. The writing is well done and doesn’t force too much information down the audience’s throat at once.
Just a genuinely good film that is definitely worth a watch if you like any of the following: superheroes, vampires, horror films or just a good action movie. Do not watch if you don’t like gore. Or needles…there are a lot of needles…