October 30th, 1998


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Still of Maximilian Schell in VampiresStill of James Woods in VampiresMembers of Team Crow-led by Jack Crow and Tony Montoya arm themselves for battle against Valek and his bloodsucking ghouls. Thomas Ian Griffith stars as ValekValek and his vampires rise from their loamy graves to enter a fateful confrontation between faith and immortality.Daniel Baldwin co-stars as Montoya

A vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to endure sunlight.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.9/10 (24,144 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: John Carpenter

Stars: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee

The church has long known that vampires exist. However, it is discovered that a group of vampires are searching for a powerful doom for mankind. The Vatican then secretly enlists a team of vampire-hunters, led by Jack Crow, to hunt down and destroy the vampires before they find the crucifix.

Writers: John Steakley, Don Jakoby

James Woods - Jack Crow
Daniel Baldwin - Anthony Montoya
Sheryl Lee - Katrina
Thomas Ian Griffith - Jan Valek
Maximilian Schell - Cardinal Alba
Tim Guinee - Father Adam Guiteau
Mark Boone Junior - Catlin
Gregory Sierra - Father Giovanni
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - David Deyo
Thomas Rosales Jr. - Ortega (as Thomas Rosales)
Henry Kingi - Anthony
David Rowden - Bambi
Clarke Coleman - Davis
Mark Sivertsen - Highway Patrolman
John Furlong - Father Joseph Molina

Taglines: They've been around for 600 years...and they're very, VERY thirsty.


Official Website: JohnCarpenter - movie site |

Release Date: 30 October 1998

Filming Locations: Bonanza Creek Ranch - 15 Bonanza Creek Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,106,497 (USA) (1 November 1998) (1793 Screens)

Gross: $20,241,395 (USA) (7 February 1999)

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Despite being a horror movie, John Carpenter stated on the audio commentary that he did this movie because it closely resembled a western to him.

Revealing mistakes: As Montoya rescues Crow from the cross he shoots into the front of the cross with an arrow, this implies that this side of the cross would crash to earth first (with Crow facing earthwards), but the backside of the cross lands in the next shot on earth.

Jack Crow: I killed my own father, padre. I got no trouble killing you.

User Review

Strangely appealing

Rating: 8/10

Ever since I saw a documentary on the making of horror movie special effects, I've wanted to see 'Vampires'. I wasn't disappointed. In this era of cheap computer effects it's really refreshing to see a movie where the special effects are done the old fashioned way. For some bizarre reason I really like Vampires. The plot is somewhat clichéd, the acting is nothing special and yet... I find myself watching this movie over and over again. Somehow the idea of a secret military force funded by the church, dedicated to fighting vampires is thrilling even though I'm not a religious man. I suppose it harkens back to the day of witch hunters. James Woods is great as the grim, dedicated man sworn to destroy all vampires and as the true shocker, the generic Baldwin appearing in the movie does a really good job as well! If you like gory movies, check it out!