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John Carpenter's Vampires
John Carpenter directed this horror-western, adapted from the novel Vampire$ by John Steakley, illuminating the pivotal figure of fearless vampire killer Jack Crow (James Woods), who lost his parents to the creatures. In a remote New Mexico location, Crow and his team, protected with chain-mail fang shields on their throats, blast away at a vampire nest, haul them out with the Jeep's winch, and then celebrate by pulling on other wenches at the Sun God Motel. Their revels are soon brought to an end by king vampire Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith), who became invulnerable after a bungled… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A suspense-free snark-fest desperate to turn its protagonist - vampire slayer Jack Crow (James Woods) - into a Snake Plisskin-style icon of supernatural-badass cool."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Grungy, disreputable fun -- the kind of blood-and-tequila western that can only be made nowadays when disguised as a horror movie."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"...little more than an excuse to watch people kill each other in the most brutal possible ways."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"I'd rather have Peter Vincent on my side than Jack Crow and company."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Carpenter turns John Steakley's novel "Vampire$" into a perverse remake of Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo" by way of Sergio Leone and "The Wild Bunch.""
‑ Sean Axmaker, Nitrate Online
"Vampires is an entertaining watch thanks to James Woods's great performance."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Woods is entertaining as badass vampire hunter Jack Crow, but the meanness he exhibits toward his young priest assistant is offensive and completely unnecessary. Still, this is Carpenter's best film since the 1980s ended."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"It is a sad state of affairs when John Carpenter can make something as misguided and flatly written and filmed as Vampires."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"You have to hand it to James Woods: He doesn't go out of his way to make himself likeable on screen."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"All in all, Carpenter does a good job with this stylish and scary vampire movie, giving us a great leading hero and a great villain."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The movie is basically one-note: A vampire is harpooned and dragged out into the daylight where the body instantly explodes into flames. Creativity in action, for sure."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The laughable dialogue and lack of plot isn't as problematic as the uninteresting and unlikable characters."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A sacrilege"
‑ James Brundage, Filmcritic.com
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