Vampires (1998)

John Carpenter directed this action-adventure fantasy about the deadly quest of a group of Vatican vampire hunters. The leader of this team is a Vatican cardinal (Maximilian Schell) determined to eradicate all vampires. Screenplay by… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Nothing but one showdown after another.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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.

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Rob Gonsalves

Grungy, disreputable fun -- the kind of blood-and-tequila western that can only be made nowadays when disguised as a horror movie.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...little more than an excuse to watch people kill each other in the most brutal possible ways.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Vampires is an entertaining watch thanks to James Woods's great performance.

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Chuck O'Leary

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.

Dustin Putman

It is a sad state of affairs when John Carpenter can make something as misguided and flatly written and filmed as Vampires.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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.

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Michael Dequina

The laughable dialogue and lack of plot isn't as problematic as the uninteresting and unlikable characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
John Carpenter at his best, James Woods having a ton of fun!!!
Aj V
I have heard a lot of good things about this movie and people keep asking me why I hate it since I love vampire movies, so I suppose I will give it another try… More
Phil Hubbs
Or known as 'John Carpenter's Vampires' if you wish. This film starts off really well with Woods and his vampire slaying team cooking up some… More
Alex roy
I am a diehard horror fan. I absolutely love John Carpenter's work. I've always wanted to see this film, but I somehow neglected it. Vampires is a… More
Tim Salmons
Here's a John Carpenter movie that I hadn't seen before, and one that I found pretty enjoyable for the most part. You see I've never been a huge… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
oh yes yes James Woods doesnt have a non-badass bone in his body and the body split down the middle scene can NEVER be topped! You know what flixster thank you.… More