Blade

A vampire hybrid protects the human race against the pure-blooded of his kind.
Horror for Beginners
United States
1998
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Vampire Film
Cultist Film
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Thief
Trespasser
Cultists: 
Clubbist
Guru
Worshipper
Government: 
Council
Relative: 
Mother
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Dimensional: 
God
Spirit
Unknown
Statues: 
Pillar
Sculpture
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Will get your blood pumping
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Performances
Editing
Plot
Blade is the condensed adaptation of a vampire universe owned by Marvel Comics. Wesley Snipes plays a strong and agile superhero who confronts a whole vampire council practically solo. Martial arts are his thing, so this is first and foremost an action flick with big effects, exciting choreography, breath-taking stunts and intricate camera work. The pacing is tight and the build-up palpable.
Blade, like most blockbusters, is a nicely packaged and saturated concoction of subgenre tropes. The fights are massive, unique and usually supported by enticing techno trance tracks; a curious vibe we are introduced to early on, courtesy of Traci Lords. She, horror pillars Udo Kier and Stephen Dorff play key vampires. They are impervious to pain, taboos and are so cold they appear genderless.
The film is crafted by masters of their arts. The directing and photography are impeccable; occasionally hindered by post-production constraints but not distractedly. The gimmick is strong, the script brilliant but dumbed down to remain accessible. 1998’s Blade is representative of its time. Arrogant, aggressive yet classy, it immortalizes short but memorable trends of the dying millennium.
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