A vampire hunter called Blade attempts to track down a vampire
who plans to trigger an apocalypse by awakening a blood god.
Directed by Stephen Norrington
Written by David S. Goyer
Starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson,
N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Sanaa Lathan, Udo Kier
Based on characters from Marvel Comics
Blade is an excellent vampire movie that features vampires as they should be shown; As vicious killing machines who want only to feed on the blood of humanity. It's the first major film that came from Marvel Comics and in many ways is partly responsible for the superhero film explosion that occurred in the early 2000's.
The character of Blade is one of Marvel's darkest characters. His mother was bitten by a vampire when she was pregnant, forcing her to go into early labor. She died but Blade was born a half-human, half-vampire hybrid. He possesses the strength of a vampire, but is immune to garlic, silver, and can even withstand sunlight. His hatred of vampires can be attributed to his thirst for human blood, which he also possesses. Wesley Snipes was a fantastic choice for the character, as he can effortlessly pull off a lone warrior with one mission: To kill vampires.
Unfortunately, the film is a little dated. The drum and bass music and the cheesy effects practically scream 1998, but that doesn't make the film any less awesome. Apart from these minor details, it's a great action film that also works as a great horror film. There aren't many movies anymore that show how scary vampires can be. Blade is one of the few that embraced the horror aspect of vampires while at the same time being a great action film.