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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

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


Thomas Ian Griffith

Jan Valek

Maximilian Schell

Cardinal Alba

Tim Guinee

Father Adam Guiteau

Mark Boone Junior


Gregory Sierra

Father Giovanni

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

David Deyo

Thomas Rosales Jr.


(as Thomas Rosales)

Henry Kingi


David Rowden


Clarke Coleman


Mark Sivertsen

Highway Patrolman

John Furlong

Father Joseph Molina

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


Official Website:
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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


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

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

Technical Specs


(cut version)

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!