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John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998): A Few Steps Down from They Live

John Carpenter’s Vampires (John Carpenter, 1998)
[originally posted 22Feb2000]

photo credit: Wikipedia

Not a lemon grove in sight.

Could have been worse– a lot worse, given how far down Carpenter has slid since They Live. In fact, this is the first really decent piece of filmmaking I’ve seen from Carpenter in the last decade. James Woods and Daniel Baldwin work well together as the buddy-good-guys who aren’t actually buddies (they love each other, but don’t really like each other—you know how that goes), Maximillian Schell is appropriately creepy as a higher-up in the Catholic church, Sheryl Lee makes a great hooker (assuming her role is supposed to be played as unsympathetically as it is, of course), and the action only stops long enough for you to draw a breath before it starts again. Not the best of the films we rented in the past week, but worthwhile, and a good deal of fun. ** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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