John Carpenter's Vampires

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3 1/2

John Carpenter's VAMPIRES depicts the story of Jack Crow (James Woods) and Tony Montoya (Daniel Baldwin), two vampire slayers working for the Catholic church. After clearing a "vampire nest", almost the entire team of slayers are massacred by a master vampire named Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith). Only Crow, Montoya, and Katrina (Sheryl Lee), a prostitute bitten by Valek, remain. After regrouping and adding Father Adam Guiteau (Tom Guinee) to the vampire slayer team, they head out in search of Valek. They need to reach him before he reaches the Berziers Cross, a relic Valek will use to give himself and all subsequent vampires the ability to survive in daylight. VAMPIRES is an exciting, original film, and definitely not a carbon copy of other vampire films. James Woods performs well as a tough guy, continuously coming up with a number of funny one-liners.

This film is consistently dark and carries an evil tone from start to finish. Biblical imagery can be seen throughout the film, using many of the events that occurred in the life of Christ. One scene in particular portrays a man who is going to be crucified so that vampires can attain eternal life. This power would enable vampires to offer eternal life to whomever they prefer. Unfortunately, a priest betrays his religion for the vampire's promise of eternal life. A number of violent scenes occur in the film, many of which include severe images of people being beheaded and cut open. There are also several scenes in which the slayers shoot the vampires numerous times, stab them repeatedly, and burn them alive. Along with these elements, there is also some female breast nudity, as well as 66 f and s words and 13 profanities. The graphic violence, dark themes, and incessant foul language make VAMPIRES an atrocity.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (15) times - Mild 2, Moderate 13

Obscene Language: Many (78) times (f-word 50, s-word 16, other 12)

Profanity: Many (13) times - All regular (GD 9, J 4)

Violence: Many times - Severe and moderate (many people shot and stabbed, vampires burned, people bitten, people pushed, thrown, and punched, people cut open by vampires, necks broken, numerous dead bodies that have been violently attacked, people beheaded)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few (2) times (full female breast nudity during party, female rear and side breast nudity on bed); Near Nudity - Several times (low cut dresses, woman in undergarments, women in short skirts and shorts)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (few references made to having sex, man grabs woman's breasts)

Drugs: Many times (smoking, alcohol)

Other: Premarital sex, drinking, and smoking considered normal and acceptable, priest shown drinking and using obscenities, priest portrayed as having no faith in God, vampires portrayed as a way to attain eternal life

Running Time: 107 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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