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Blade [1998]

Director:Stephen Norrington
Writer:David S. Goyer
Composer:Mark Isham
Length:120 minutes
(2 hours 0 minute)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:55%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Reaction: Interesting concept, though a bit more on the bloody violence than I typically care for.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Stephen Norrington => Director / Vampire (uncredited)
David S. Goyer => Writer
Mark Isham => Composer
Arly Jover => Mercury
Clint Curtis => Creepy Morgue Guy
Donal Logue => Quinn
Eric Edwards => Pearl
Erl Van Douglas => Von Esper (as Erl)
Judson Scott => Pallantine
Keith Leon Williams => Kam
Kenny Johnson => Heatseeking Dennis
Kevin Patrick Walls => Krieger
Kris Kristofferson => Whistler
Matt Schulze => Crease
N'Bushe Wright => Karen
Sanaa Lathan => Vanessa
Stephen Dorff => Deacon Frost
Tim Guinee => Curtis Webb
Traci Lords => Racquel
Udo Kier => Dragonetti
Wesley Snipes => Blade

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • When Blade is first engaging Frost, he is seen charging up the ramp with his ninjato out and away from him. This is the correct way to run with any sharp instruments to prevent accidental death by impalement if said instruments are dropped while running.
  • The scene where Karen and Deacon are talking about the cure for vampirism initially ran a bit longer and answered the question of how the vampires would feed if everybody was turned into a vampire. They would keep some humans alive in giant blood bags to harvest them. The bags can still be seen in a doorway during the scene, and later played an integral part of the plot in Blade: Trinity.
  • Marc Singer was the first choice to play Whistler.
  • In the scene where Blade is chased to the subway, and the subway train is passing by, all the passengers are cardboard cutouts with the special FX man among them.
  • When the bed opens up and reveals Vanessa (Sanaa Lathan), the sound effect used is lifted from Aliens (the scene where Ripley & Co. wake up on the Sulaco). Lathan would later appear in AVP: Alien vs. Predator.
  • Kris Kristofferson's character Whistler was created for Blade's cameo on the [Spider-Man] cartoon show. He was liked so much by Marvel CEOs that he was adopted into the Marvel universe.
  • David S. Goyer explained in the DVD commentary that when Karen Jensen wakes up at Blade's hideout after her attack and rescue by Blade, the script had her discover a jar with a vampire baby in it. The baby would be alive and used by Blade and Whistler as a guinea pig for testing out weapons to fight vampires. The studio however found the concept to be disturbing and refused to allow it.
  • Donal Logue reinjured his jaw in the scene where he is struggling with N'Bushe Wright in the hospital. He had originally broken his jaw in a motorcycle accident years before.
  • In the film, Whistler can read the ancient Vampire Language. We see this when he translates the piece of paper taken by Blade from the archive room. However in the script, Whistler cannot understand the language and Blade goes to a Voodoo priestess to get a translation.
  • Jet Li was offered the part of Deacon Frost but opted to do Lethal Weapon 4 instead. [?] Bruce Payne was also considered for the role.
  • Stan Lee originally had a cameo that was ultimately cut from the film. He played one of the cops that come in to the blood club during the aftermath and discover Quinn's body on fire.
  • The first cut of the film had a disastrous test screening with audiences, and heavy edits and re-shoots were implemented which delayed the release date more than half a year. The most significant change was the addition of the final sword fight between Blade and Deacon Frost, which did not exist in the original version of the movie.
  • When David S. Goyer first pitched the idea of doing a Blade movie, the executives of New Line felt there were only three actors who could possible do the role: Wesley Snipes, Denzel Washington and Laurence Fishburne, but in Goyer's mind, Snipes was always the perfect choice for the character of Blade. However, LL Cool J was briefly considered for the part.