Blade (1998)

Directed by Stephen Norrington. Written by David S. Goyer (based on the Marvel comics). Starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Sanaa Lathan, Traci Lords and Udo Kier.

Plot: Blade (Snipes), a half-human, half-vampire hybrid fights against a rebel clan of vampires that just want to watch the world burn.

This may not be a traditional October pick, but me and DJ really like these movies to varying degrees and for some reason, haven’t put them up yet. So, here goes.

In 1967, a pregnant woman (Lathan) is bitten by a vampire and goes into labor. She apparently dies, but her son, who will become Blade, lives and is forever a human/vampire hybrid known as a daywalker. With all the strengths of a vampire, but none of the weaknesses, except that pesky thrist for blood. Luckily for him though, when he’s young, a man named Abraham Whistler (Kristofferson) finds him and starts giving him these injections that curb his bloodlust.

Now, along with his mentor, Whistler, he fights vampires. And there’s some especially dark ones running around in Deacon Frost (Dorff), who won’t listen to the elder vampire councel, and his right hand man, Quinn (Logue), who’s nasty all around and bites a Dr. Karen Jenson (Wright), whom Blade decides to try to save. He takes her to Whistler who calms the thirst for a time, but tells her that she may still turn into a vampire. So, she uses her hematology expertise to try and find a cure for vampirism.

Meanwhile, Frost is trying to awaken a Blood God and he’s trying to capture Blade alive because he needs his blood to complete the ceremony. There’s a lot of other surprises in store for blood as he goes down the Frost rabbit hole, some good, but most bad. But he and all his allies are likable, especially Whistler. And DJ loves all his cool weapons, particularly the glaive.

Overall, we really enjoyed this movie. And we think you will, too.

My score: 67. DJ’s score: 74.

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