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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 Snipes►Blade
Stephen Dorff►Deacon Frost
Kris Kristofferson►Whistler
N’Bushe Wright►Karen
Donal Logue►Quinn
Udo Kier►Dragonetti
Arly Jover►Mercury
Traci Lords►Racquel
Kevin Patrick Walls►Krieger
Tim Guinee►Curtis Webb
Sanaa Lathan►Vanessa
Eric Edwards►Pearl
Donna Wong►Nurse
Carmen Thomas►Senior Resident
Shannon Lee►Resident
Kenny Johnson►Heatseeking Dennis
Clint Curtis►Creepy Morgue Guy
Judson Scott►Pallantine
Sidney S. Liufau►Japanese Doorman
Keith Leon Williams►Kam
Andray Johnson►Paramedic
Stephen R. Peluso►Paramedic
Marcus Aurelius►Pragmatic Policeman
John Enos III►Blood Club Bouncer
Eboni Adams►Martial Arts Kid
Lyle Conway►Reichardt
Freeman White III►Menacing Stud
D.V. DeVincentis►Vampire Underling
Marcus Salgado►Frost’s Goon
Esau McKnight►Frost’s Goon
Erl Van Douglas►Von Esper
Matt Schulze►Crease
Lennox Brown►Pleading Goon
Yvette Ocampo►Party Girl
Irena Stepic►Slavic Vampire Lord
Jenya Lano►Russian Woman
Levani►Russian Vampire
Richard ‘Dr.’ Baily►Cardboard cut-out in Subway
Ron Cobert►Vampire
Nikki DiSanto►Vampire Victim
Ryan Glorioso►Blood Bath Vampire
Al Goto►Henchman
Jeff Imada►Henchman
Diana Lee Inosanto►Blood Bath Vampire
Steven Ito►Henchman
Elliott James►Blood Club
Ted King►Vampire at Rave
Henry Kingi►Kenji-bartender
Will Leong►Henchman
David Matthiessen►Vampire
Stephen Norrington►Vampire
Gerald Okamura►Vampire
Frankie Ray►Vampire Lord
Simon Rhee►Henchman
Carrie Seeley►Woman in Elevator
Michael Stumpf►Sword Thrower
Beth Theriac►Woman in Elevator

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