Directed by John Carpenter. US. 1998. R. 108 minutes. Sony. 35mm.
Fri., August 5, 2016
“James Woods plays the leader of a squad of professional vampire hunters working for the Vatican. They discover a master vampire (Ian Griffith) who may have found a way to become immune to sunlight. The characters are incredibly macho, spewing misogynistic and homophobic insults and cockily performing their duties like a SWAT team (one technique involves attaching cables to vampires and dragging them into the sunlight). The attitude is infectious and the movie has a raunchiness rare in ’90s horror films, full of graphic violence without the aid of CGI (including lots and lots of severed heads). Like most of Carpenter’s films it’s largely inspired by Westerns, and it’s refreshing to see a vampire movie that takes place mostly in a sunny desert. This is also the rare ’90s vampire film that does not have Udo Kier in it.”( Bryan Theiss, The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide)