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Blade (1998)

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Action, Fantasy, Horror

Director Stephen Norrington helmed this David S. Goyer adaptation of the Marvel Comics character created in 1973 by scripter Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan. A vampire hunter, Blade, joined by vampire detective Hannibal King and Dracula-descendent Frank Drake, stalks vampires. In the 1990s, Blade teamed with Drake and King in an agency created to fight a variety of supernatural beings. The Marvel origin is retold in this 1998 Norrington film, with Blade’s mother dying as he is born. Thirty-some years later, Blade now exists somewhere between the two worlds, not human but not fully vampire. He has become a relentless and superhuman vampire hunter, out to avenge the death of his mother and protect the rest of humankind from the evil vampire race.

In this pursuit, Blade storms a notorious vampire nightclub and in a virtual bloodbath manages to wipe out most of the blood-lusting denizens. But the burnt corpse of vampire Quinn (Donal Logue) is reanimated at the hospital morgue and bites hematologist Karen Jenson (N’Bushe Wright). Blade magically appears at the hospital just in time to whisk Karen to his hideaway, a machine-shop run by his mentor Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), who once rescued Blade and who now produces a antidote to keep Blade from turning into a full-fledged vampire and who builds custom weapons for Blade to use against his evil foes. Meanwhile, Blade’s vampire arch-nemesis Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) uses computers to translate the Book of Erebus, with the ultimate aim of bringing down the old-guard vampire council, headed by Dragonetti (Udo Kier), and triggering the Blood Tide — an event in which everyone in the world becomes a vampire.

Director: Stephen Norrington

Writer: David S. Goyer

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, Udo Kier, Donal Logue, Traci Lords, N’Bushe Wright

►Cast:

Wesley SnipesBlade
Stephen DorffDeacon Frost
Kris KristoffersonWhistler
N’Bushe WrightKaren
Donal LogueQuinn
Udo KierDragonetti
Arly JoverMercury
Traci LordsRacquel
Kevin Patrick WallsKrieger
Tim GuineeCurtis Webb
Sanaa LathanVanessa
Eric EdwardsPearl
Donna WongNurse
Carmen ThomasSenior Resident
Shannon LeeResident
Kenny JohnsonHeatseeking Dennis
Clint CurtisCreepy Morgue Guy
Judson ScottPallantine
Sidney S. LiufauJapanese Doorman
Keith Leon WilliamsKam
Andray JohnsonParamedic
Stephen R. PelusoParamedic
Marcus AureliusPragmatic Policeman
John Enos IIIBlood Club Bouncer
Eboni AdamsMartial Arts Kid
Lyle ConwayReichardt
Freeman White IIIMenacing Stud
D.V. DeVincentisVampire Underling
Marcus SalgadoFrost’s Goon
Esau McKnightFrost’s Goon
Erl Van DouglasVon Esper
Matt SchulzeCrease
Lennox BrownPleading Goon
Yvette OcampoParty Girl
Irena StepicSlavic Vampire Lord
Jenya LanoRussian Woman
LevaniRussian Vampire
Richard ‘Dr.’ BailyCardboard cut-out in Subway
Ron CobertVampire
Nikki DiSantoVampire Victim
Ryan GloriosoBlood Bath Vampire
Al GotoHenchman
Jeff ImadaHenchman
Diana Lee InosantoBlood Bath Vampire
Steven ItoHenchman
Elliott JamesBlood Club
Ted KingVampire at Rave
Henry KingiKenji-bartender
Will LeongHenchman
David MatthiessenVampire
Stephen NorringtonVampire
Gerald OkamuraVampire
Frankie RayVampire Lord
Simon RheeHenchman
Carrie SeeleyWoman in Elevator
Michael StumpfSword Thrower
Beth TheriacWoman in Elevator

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