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Friday, January 1, 2016

John Carpenter’s Vampires (Twilight Time Blu-ray)

Talk about an underappreciated movie. John Carpenter’s Vampires gets overlooked in the vamp movie discussion quite often and even by me. I wasn’t really raised on it, and when it was initially released something didn’t quite sit well with me. I had no burning desire to check it out. Despite my love for James Woods, something about his performance looked hokey, dishonest. I felt like I was getting a spoof from John Carpenter rather an honest Horror effort which was the last thing I was interested in. That’s not to say that vampire comedies and parodies are without their place. I love many movies of that branding, and what strikes me years later watching this for at least the third time is that it’s actually quite honest. It’s a serious vamp picture with plenty of Carpenter action and gimmickry that creates fun, but allows for the movie to have an original take on an old legend.

Twilight Time commissioned 5000 of these to be released, and so you’ll have a shot at grabbing one (it still hasn’t sold out at posting of this interview). This is full on Twilight Time with a nice extra package including John Carpenter commentary (often better than watching the movie itself), an isolated score and even a making of featurette. Of course you get some nice new cover art and an essay booklet included. This is the best the movie has looked, and the transfer is solid.

Keep an eye out for some faces that may be familiar to you now after watching some newer TV programming. Also make sure to appreciate the plentiful gore, pyro and practical effects that makes this a visually stunning movie. There’s everything from unique kill strategies for vampires to a completely unique take on the vampire origin story that opens up a whole new land in which to play (if only another director would continue telling the story). John Carpenter’s Vampires is as much fun as any vamp flick from the 90’s and harkens back to the best aspects of 80’s vampire movies while not rehashing old gags.


You can order John Carpenter’s Vampres from Screen Archives now.

From Twilight Time

John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998) stars the irrepressible James Woods as a Vatican-sanctioned vampire slayer assisted by a wise-cracking sidekick (Daniel Baldwin) and a naïve young priest (Tim Guinee); they’re pitted against a centuries-old vamp (Thomas Ian Griffith) in an attempt to retrieve a religious relic that will allow the nocturnal types to stalk the world in the full light of day. Also starring Maximilian Schell and Sheryl Lee, and featuring a terrific score by the versatile Carpenter.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1998 / Color
108 MINUTES
RATED R Strong Vampire Violence and Gore, Language and Sexuality
Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Writer-Director John Carpenter / The Making of John Carpenter’s Vampires / Original Theatrical Trailer

LIMITED TO 5000 UNITS



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