Blade (1998) Movie Review
Written By: JEH
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Stephen Norrington
Producers: Peter Frankfurt, Wesley Snipes, Robert Engelman
Writers: David S. Goyer
Date Released: August 21, 1998
Wesley Snipes as Blade
Stephen Dorff as Deacon Frost
Kris Kristofferson as Whistler
N’Bushe Wright as Karen
Donal Logue as Quinn
Udo Kier as Dragonetti
Arly Jover as Mercury
Traci Lords as Racquel
Rating = 3.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Blade (1998) takes place in a world where vampires secretly live among humans. Most vampires are contented with blending in, but Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) and his followers aim to rule humanity. Blade (Wesley Snipes is humanity’s last hope. With the help of Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), Blade embarks on a mission to rid the world of all vampires. However, when Frost sets his ultimate plan, Blade faces the impossible task to stop the blood god.
As expected from a vampire movie, there’s a lot of blood. How bloody? Imagine fire sprinklers covering an entire nightclub with blood. Even the vampire kills are guaranteed violent, leaving victims basically drowning in their own blood.
If you’re a vampire movie fan, Blade (1998) has it all. The suspense, the violence, and good special effects will satisfy.
The Grave Review
When people think about vampires, they either think of the sparkling ones or the old-school, cross-hating ones. However, there’s an anti-hero who makes vampire stories fun and exciting. Meet Blade, a hybrid who has dedicated his life fighting blood-thirsty vampires.
Wesley Snipes gives life to daywalker Blade, and his casting is the best part of the movie. Along with his co-stars, the cast does justice to their movie roles. Other standouts are Kris Kristofferson as the reliable Whistler and Stephen Dorff as the seductive Deacon Frost. The trio helps viewers understand the different standpoints of the unwilling participants in the war between vampires and humans. So, it’s guaranteed to keep you invested in the character’s fate.
However, don’t expect deep story-telling elements. While the plot of the movie is interesting, the story is not as fleshed out as one would hope. A lot of vampire lore has been introduced, but nothing was expounded. While it’s not required to explain the lore, it would have been great for world-building.
Nevertheless, the movie is one of the most entertaining vampire movies ever. The action scenes are breathtaking, and the bloody violence will leave horror fans satisfied. The special effects are also done well, adding to the movie’s visual impact. However, when it comes to the CGI, it looks a little outdated. But this is understandable considering the movie’s release date.
Should you see Blade (1998)? If you’re looking for a fun, bloody vampire action, add Blade (1998) to your list now!
For the above reasons, Grave Reviews gives Blade (1998) three and a half graves out of five graves.
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