John Carpenter's Vampires (1998)

Rating: **
Release Date: 10/30/98
Director: John Carpenter
Music: John Carpenter
Cast: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee

Disappointing. Another chance for John Carpenter to redeem himself as a filmmaker is wasted in this poorly crafted and tedious film. James Woods is a vampire slayer and a generally nasty person. He heads up a team of vampire slayers that work for and are funded by the Catholic Church. That part is interesting. Too bad the rest of the film isn't. It seems that the master vampire is searching for an ancient medieval relic that will allow him to exist in daylight, and Woods and his team are out to stop him. They kidnap one of the master's victims (intensely pretty Sheryl Lee) and use her telepathic connection with him to track him down. They also knock her around quite a bit in a surprisingly misogynistic manner. They finally manage to defeat all of the vampires, but by the end of the film, you don't really care. None of the characters are even remotely likable, and their lifeless deliveries don't help either. Another in a long line of disappointments from director Carpenter.