Vampires

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Al Barnes

Plot: What’s it about?

If you’ve seen From Dusk Till Dawn you’ll remember George (Clooney) and friends mistakenly happen onto a den of vampires and try to survive. In Vampires, James Woods and Daniel Baldwin…how many of them are there anyway…purposely try to find a nest (as they call it) of vampires and their master and what ensues is a real blood fest…no pun intended, I mean a blood fest. Jack Crow (Woods) and his team strap on some serious vampire killing stuff but when they come up against the master of all masters a new plan of attack is in order. Jack finds himself betrayed by someone on his team as if he doesn’t have enough to worry about and if this master vampire can’t be stopped he won’t have to fear the darkness and will walk among us.

John Carpenter, (Escape From L.A.) is at the helm of this release and if you like the genre…extra heavy on the gore…then you’ll be in for a ride. James Woods (The Onion Field…read it its fantastic) is intense as usual and the only box office name present except for Maximillian Schell (must have been behind in his rent) but I like most of the movie. Some good music throughout the DVD.

Video: How does it look?

Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Screen fill the bill for the looks but some of the special effects do lack reality. No disappointment in the camera work and clean, crisp shots help cover the weak spots.

Audio: How does it sound?

John Carpenter takes credit for the music and he did a good job. The score rocks through all 5.1 channels and Mr. Subwoofer gets a workout all through the movie. John even has his own band; “The Texas Toad Lickers…cane toads no doubt, where else would he come up with this stuff.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The DVD case listed a theatrical trailer and a Director’s Commentary but I could not make the commentary work. I tried it on both sides and still no luck, if anybody has one that works let me know. If it is a flaw from the factory we have a major deduction of points in the works.

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