John Carpenter's Vampires
John Carpenter's Vampires (1998)

After destroying a vampire nest in rural New Mexico, Team Crow is savagely ambushed during the victory celebration by the unholy Valek, a vicious 600-year-old vampire. With most of his team massacred, and accompanied only by a young priest… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 30, 1998
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Nothing but one showdown after another.

Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

This is Carpenter in prime form. Easily his most violent film, it features iconoclast heroes with a streak of misogyny and unrepentant machismo, which provides a perverse comic book irony. These guys are emissaries of the Vatican...

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Very good, very basic, stripped-down film fueled by a bluesy guitar score.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The picture isn't anything special, but by the standards of late-career Carpenter, we'll take what we can get.

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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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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.

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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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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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