Blade

The Daywalker known as “Blade” – a half-vampire, half-mortal man – becomes the protector of humanity against an underground army of vampires.
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Film Cast:

  • Eric Brooks / Blade: Wesley Snipes
  • Deacon Frost: Stephen Dorff
  • Abraham Whistler: Kris Kristofferson
  • Dr. Karen Jenson: N’Bushe Wright
  • Quinn: Donal Logue
  • Gitano Dragonetti: Udo Kier
  • Mercury: Arly Jover
  • Racquel: Traci Lords
  • Officer Krieger: Kevin Patrick Walls
  • Dr. Curtis Webb: Tim Guinee
  • Vanessa Brooks: Sanaa Lathan
  • Pearl: Eric Edwards
  • Nurse: Donna Wong
  • Senior Resident: Carmen Thomas
  • Resident: Shannon Lee
  • Heatseeking Dennis: Kenny Johnson
  • Creepy Morgue Guy: Clint Curtis
  • Pallantine: Judson Scott
  • Japanese Doorman: Sidney S. Liufau
  • Kam: Keith Leon Williams
  • Paramedic: Andray Johnson
  • Paramedic: Stephen R. Peluso
  • Pragmatic Policeman: Marcus Aurelius
  • Blood Club Bouncer: John Enos III
  • Martial Arts Kid: Eboni ‘Chrystal’ Adams
  • Lyle Conway: Lyle Conway
  • Menacing Stud: Freeman White
  • Vampire Underling: D.V. DeVincentis
  • Frost’s Goon: Marcus Salgado
  • Frost’s Goon: Esau McKnight Jr.
  • Von Esper: Erl Van Douglas
  • Crease: Matt Schulze
  • Pleading Goon: Lennox Brown
  • Party Girl: Yvette Ocampo
  • Slavic Vampire Lord: Irena Stepić
  • Russian Woman: Jenya Lano
  • Russian Vampire: Levani
  • Cardboard cut-out in Subway (uncredited): Richard ‘Dr.’ Baily
  • Vampire Victim (uncredited): Nikki DiSanto
  • Blood Bath Vampire (uncredited): Ryan Glorioso
  • Henchman (uncredited): Jeff Imada
  • Blood Club (uncredited): Elliott James
  • Vampire (uncredited): Stephen Norrington
  • Vampire (uncredited): Gerald Okamura
  • Vampire Lord (uncredited): Frankie Ray
  • Woman in Elevator (uncredited): Carrie Seeley
  • Woman in Elevator (uncredited): Beth Theriac
  • Vampire at rave (uncredited): Ted King
  • Frost’s Goon: Steven Ho
  • Henchman (uncredited): Will Leong
  • Henchman (uncredited): Al Goto

Film Crew:

  • Supervising Sound Effects Editor: Harry Cohen
  • Editor: Paul Rubell
  • Writer: David S. Goyer
  • Costume Design: Sanja Milković Hays
  • Original Music Composer: Mark Isham
  • Executive Producer: Michael De Luca
  • Executive Producer: Lynn Harris
  • Production Sound Mixer: Ken King
  • Executive Producer: Stan Lee
  • Executive Producer: Avi Arad
  • Digital Effects Producer: Perrin Cutting
  • Director of Photography: Theo van de Sande
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Lou Carlucci
  • Producer: Peter Frankfurt
  • Production Design: Kirk M. Petruccelli
  • Art Direction: Barry Chusid
  • Martial Arts Choreographer: Wesley Snipes
  • Visual Effects Producer: Matthew Justice
  • Executive In Charge Of Production: Carla Fry
  • Executive In Charge Of Post Production: Jody Levin
  • Producer: Robert Engelman
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Kevin O’Neill
  • Set Designer: Chad S. Frey
  • Production Executive: Leon Dudevoir
  • Second Assistant Production Coordinator: Orian Williams
  • Casting: Rachel Abroms
  • Director: Stephen Norrington
  • Effects Supervisor: Linda Drake
  • Unit Production Manager: Roee Sharon
  • Music Editor: Paul Rabjohns
  • Prosthetics: Gary Archer
  • 3D Supervisor: Everett Burrell
  • Wigmaker: Renate Leuschner
  • Foley Artist: Joan Rowe
  • Foley: Sean Rowe
  • Music Supervisor: Dana Sano
  • Characters: Marv Wolfman
  • Makeup Effects Designer: Brian Wade
  • Stand In: Lennox Brown
  • ADR Voice Casting: Barbara Harris
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Chuck Comisky
  • Casting: Jory Weitz
  • Sound Effects Editor: Michael Kamper
  • Executive Producer: Joseph Calamari
  • Co-Producer: Jon Divens
  • Camera Operator: Moshe Levin
  • Co-Producer: Andrew J. Horne
  • Characters: Gene Colan
  • Tattoo Designer: Freddy Negrete
  • Production Accountant: Jonathan Davidson
  • Costumer: Irena Stepić
  • Set Production Assistant: Rodney Barnes
  • Stunts: Steven Ho
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Derek Johansen
  • Stunt Coordinator: Jeff Ward
  • Lead Painter: Laurah Grijalva
  • Costume Supervisor: Garet Reilly
  • Set Decoration: Greg J. Grande
  • Makeup Department Head: Michael Germain
  • Animatronic and Prosthetic Effects: Larry Odien
  • Hair Department Head: Joy Zapata
  • Key Costumer: Sandy Kenyon
  • Set Designer: A. Todd Holland
  • Boom Operator: Randall L. Johnson
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Richard E. Hollander
  • Property Master: Steven B. Melton
  • Stunt Double: Clayton J. Barber
  • ADR Editor: John C. Stuver
  • Costume Assistant: Kate Samhat
  • Visual Effects Production Assistant: Allen Maris
  • Visual Effects Producer: Jennifer Bergman
  • Steadicam Operator: Randy Nolen
  • ADR Editor: Paul Curtis
  • Supervising Sound Effects Editor: Greg Hedgepath
  • Still Photographer: Bruce W. Talamon
  • Gaffer: Jono Kouzouyan
  • Music Editor: Carlton Kaller
  • Video Assist Operator: David Katz
  • Transportation Coordinator: Craig Fehrman
  • Unit Publicist: Guy Adan
  • Production Supervisor: Jennifer Teves
  • Camera Operator: Paul A. Edwards
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Ken Teaney
  • Assistant Dialogue Editor: Pembrooke Andrews
  • Makeup Artist: Cyndi Reece-Thorne
  • Hairstylist: Kim Santantonio
  • Art Department Coordinator: Melissa C. Ho
  • Construction Coordinator: Anthony Lattanzio
  • Leadman: Anthony F. Jimenez
  • Lead Painter: Charli Palazzo
  • Visual Effects Editor: Zeke Morales
  • Visual Effects Editor: Chris DeAngelis
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: William Plant
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Mark Kolpack
  • Animation Supervisor: Daniele Colajacomo
  • Music Editor: Thomas A. Carlson
  • Location Manager: J. Marc Strachan
  • Post Production Supervisor: Sara Romilly
  • Sculptor: Miles Teves
  • Line Producer: Gary Nolin
  • Transportation Captain: Walter McClain
  • Swing: Jonathan Bobbitt
  • Lead Animator: Chow Emrich
  • Key Hair Stylist: Judy Crown
  • Color Timer: Mato
  • Production Illustrator: Patrick Janicke
  • Orchestrator: Ken Kugler
  • Digital Effects Supervisor: Antoine Durr
  • Stunts: Henry Kingi Jr.
  • Sound Mixer: Lee Orloff
  • Key Grip: Robert Gray
  • Painter: Robert J. Lattanzio
  • First Assistant Camera: A. Anthony Cappello
  • Grip: Bill Cousins
  • Seamstress: Marina Babitchenko
  • Set Costumer: Gregory B. Peña
  • Set Dressing Artist: Gus Olafsson
  • Armorer: Thell Reed
  • Carpenter: Kenneth Brooks
  • Chef: Lisa Y. Turner
  • Craft Service: Amin Chande
  • Driver: Anthony Ardito
  • Camera Loader: Erica Froker
  • Projection: Thomas S. Dickson
  • Propmaker: Brian Berkel
  • Set Medic: David O. Krupnick
  • Systems Administrators & Support: Bob Froehlig
  • Technical Supervisor: Tommy Hooper
  • First Assistant Director: Michael Neumann
  • Editorial Production Assistant: Gigi Rivkin
  • First Assistant Editor: Catherine Chase
  • Best Boy Electric: Greg Kittelson
  • Electrician: R. Bruce Prochal
  • Lighting Technician: Kate Choi
  • Key Rigging Grip: Richard Crompton
  • Production Coordinator: Marlene Hart
  • Production Manager: Danny Rubio
  • Researcher: Carey Ann Strelecki
  • Digital Compositors: Dennis Bennett
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Lisa Ann Glass
  • Lighting Supervisor: Stuart Mintz
  • Foley Recordist: Shawn Kennelly
  • 3D Animator: Andy Clement
  • Second Assistant Camera: Garrett Benson
  • Production Controller: Paul Prokop
  • Generator Operator: Ervin Wayne Spowehn
  • Pilot: Ray McCort
  • Assistant Property Master: Al Eisenmann
  • Dolly Grip: Tony Sepian
  • Second Assistant Director: Rebecca Strickland
  • Assistant Production Coordinator: Anthea Strangis
  • Casting Assistant: Kimberly Auslander
  • Foley Editor: John Chandler
  • Utility Sound: Ryan Ferro
  • 3D Artist: Lance Armstrong
  • Script Supervisor: Nicole Rubio
  • Digital Color Timer: Mike Sowa
  • ADR Mixer: Eric Thompson
  • ADR Recordist: Colin Rogers
  • Assistant Camera: Jennifer Bell
  • Location Production Assistant: Patrick Noonan
  • Electrician: John Owens
  • Sequence Supervisor: Christopher Romano
  • Post Production Coordinator: Brandon Smith
  • Storyboard Artist: Jason Brubaker
  • Special Effects Technician: Richard Terry Tjelmeland
  • Best Boy Grip: Michael Stuart Clark
  • Project Manager: Stephen Sobisky
  • Assistant Location Manager: Rocky Brooks
  • Art Department Production Assistant: Kelley Rogers
  • Assistant Chef: Mario Estarella
  • Extras Casting Assistant: Marcy Brown
  • First Assistant Accountant: Carolyn Noonan
  • Rigging Grip: Steve Gilbert
  • Production Assistant: Dino Juico
  • Music Coordinator: Bob Bowen

Movie Reviews:

  • tmdb44006625: Blade is tons of fun, particularly when viewed through the nostalgic lens of 90s action cinema. It’s also worth noting that the success of this movie – an R rated vampire flick with an African American lead – gave birth to the comic book movie era. The action, effects, and music are silly and dated, plus the story makes no sense. But Blade is nevertheless still fun.
  • Gimly: First released in 1998, Blade brought commercial success back to Super Hero films, after the woeful distribution of films like Batman & Robin and Steel stopped the genre in its tracks.

    Starring Wesley Snipes as the eponymous Half-Vampire/Half-Human hybrid come Super Hero/Vampire Hunter, Blade works with Dr. Karen Jensen and Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) in order to defeat vampires Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) and Quinn (Donal Logue) and their host of undead soldiers before they can kill Gitano Dragonetti (Udo Kier) and the other vampire Elders in a ritual that will transform Deacon Frost into La Magra, the vampire Blood God.

    With me so far? No? That figures. The script’s interesting, but it’s not terribly sense-making. What I mean to say, is, the script’s rubbish, but the *story* is great. The whole film is really rather story and effects driven, but the characters are pretty lacking. Quinn is sort of fun, and Deacon’s… well… he’s attractive, but not a lot else. Still, there’s more to him than most of the characters, including the titular Blade.

    Straight up, just putting out there, I think goth-culture is attractive, so, my aesthetics may go quite a way to influencing my decision in the final score, if you disagree with me, you might want to keep that in mind, seeing as most vampires have at least a little bit of that going on. All that aside though, the opening of Blade is one of the strongest ways a film can start off that I’ve ever seen. It has basically everything you could want for a modern vampire tale. Including the Blood Rave song, Confusion (Pump Panel Remix) by New Order.

    The cinematography was another cool point, lots of ins and outs in a non-nauseating way. Although the fight choreography suffered from a serious case of “Only-One-Guy-Attacks-At- A-Time” Syndrome. Come on guys, this ain’t Tekken. When there’s an army to fight, fight an army. Maybe not all at once, I know that could get a tad pointless, but it really didn’t transfer well in this film.

    To end with, there’s one plot-hole I’d like to bring up, I don’t think I’ll be spoiling anything too badly, but if you want to go in completely fresh, stop reading. There’s one point when Frost says he needs to kill the 12 Elder vamps in a big underground ritual in order to complete his ascendancy into the Blood God (Khorne?), but he kills the leader earlier, on a beach. Okay, so maybe he wasn’t counted, and he was actually number 13. But, Frost’s lady-friend Mercury kills another with Blade’s sword, before the ritual gets started, and nobody seems to care… I am dubious- faced.

    After all that though, Blade is a vampire film that’s not slow like Nosferatu, and not indescribably awful like Twilight, so for people with tastes like mine, it’s certainly worth a geez.

    66%

    -Gimly

  • John Chard: The Daywalker.

    Half human and half vampire, Blade’s function in life is to rid the world of vampires, he is driven forward by the notion that his mother was killed by his half brethren.

    This is no ordinary vampire film, this is nothing to do with bearing crosses and creatures making music of the night, this is armoured weaponry, dazzling swordplay and a protagonist that is as cool as anything that has leaped off of the comic book page. Wesley Snipes (perfect piece of casting) is Blade, a much troubled superhero (aren’t they all?), he has to take a formula suppressant to keep away his inner vampire cravings. Aided by trusty pal, Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), they wage war against all blood suckers and here they must stop the sinister Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) from executing his monstrous plan.

    There are no cranial pondering’s here in this piece, this is a joyously high velocity action horror movie, containing great choreography and retaining its comic book heart. Blade is pure popcorn fodder for the MTV generation, in fact director Stephen Norrington utilises his music video background to great effect as the combat scenes are scored with delightful sledgehammer precision. Blood brains and gore flow freely as the film hurtles towards the head splitting conclusion, loud, dark and tinged with brooding menace, Blade is hugely recommended for a ripper of a night in. 7.5/10

  • JPV852: Some good fight scenes and like Snipes in the role (reminded me of a time when he was trying) and Stephen Dorff was an okay villain, plus it was a serviceable plot. However, and I know this was 1997/98 when it was made, but the CGI at the end took me out of it (hell, good CGI done today takes me out of these sorts of films). But all in all, found it entertaining enough. **3.75/5**
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