In the blood-chilling custom of Halloween and Village of the Damned comes John Carpenter's special vision of the utmost killing machines, VAMPIRES. "Forget everything you've ever heard about vampires," cautions Jack Crow (James Woods), the leader of Team Crow, an unrelenting group of mercenary vampire slayers. When Master Vampire Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith) decimates Jack's whole group, Crow and the sole group survivor, Montoya (Daniel Baldwin), set out in pursuit. Breaking all the rules, Crow and Montoya take one of Valek's victims hostage. The lovely however unlucky prostitute (Sheryl Lee) is their sole psychic connect to Valek, and through her senses they will locate the leader of the undead. As Valek nears the climax of his 600-year look for the Berziers Cross, Jack and the brand-new Team Crow do everything humanly possible to prevent him from having the only thing that can grant him and all vampires the omnipotent power to walk in the daylight.Talk about an opening.
The first few minutes of John Carpenter's Vampires-- in which James Woods's vampire killer leads a dawn raid on a New Mexico"goon nest" of bloodsuckers-- not only recommends a scary film that will not pull any punches, it even stimulates some of the more disturbing dream-memories of American Westerns. Muscular and uncompromised, the series recommends a brand-new Carpenter traditional unraveling before one's eyes. Well, dream on. Things don't quite work out that way, however this is still a movie to consider. There are a couple of major( and unexpected)mistakes on the director's part, particularly a mishandling of Sheryl Lee's function as a prostitute poisoned by the bite of a"master vampire"( who basically eliminated Woods's group of goon terminators). Aside from some weaknesses, the action is jolting, the recommended complicity of the Catholic Church in damaging beasts is provocative, and the traces of Howard Hawks's continuing influence on Carpenter's storytelling are in evidence.-- Tom Keogh