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A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 7.0/10 (91,098 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Stephen Norrington

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson

In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil. When Blade witnesses a vampire bite Dr. Karen Jenson, he fights away the beast and take Jenson back to his hideout. Here, alongside Abraham Whistler, Blade attempts to help heal Jenson. The vampire Quinn who was attacked by Blade, reports back to his master Deacon Frost, who is planning a huge surprise for the human population.

Wesley Snipes - Blade
Kris Kristofferson - Whistler
Stephen Dorff - Deacon Frost
N'Bushe Wright - Karen
Donal Logue - Quinn
Udo Kier - Dragonetti
Arly Jover - Mercury
Traci Lords - Racquel
Kevin Patrick Walls - Krieger
Tim Guinee - Curtis Webb
Sanaa Lathan - Vanessa
Eric Edwards - Pearl
Donna Wong - Nurse
Carmen Thomas - Senior Resident
Shannon Lee - Resident

Taglines: Have you given blood lately?


Official Website: New Line Cinemas [United States] |

Release Date: 21 August 1998

Filming Locations: Death Valley National Park, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $17,073,856 (USA) (23 August 1998) (2322 Screens)

Gross: $70,001,065 (USA) (20 December 1998)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany: (cut version)

Did You Know?

The Vampire Bible is referred to as "The Book of Erebus". Erebus is a god of dark night in Greek mythology.

Continuity: In the final fight between Blade and Frost, the bloodstain on Frost switches from the left side of his face to the right, then back to the left.

[Blade pins Quinn to the wall with his silver spikes]
Blade: Quinn. I'm gettin' a little tired of choppin' you up. Thought I might try fire for a change.

User Review

The way a comic book flick should be made

Rating: 9/10

I didn't see this movie until it appeared on television because I was doubtful about comic flicks. Ever since the "Batman" series, "Spawn," "Judge Dredd," and many other pitiful p.g.-13 bombs, I dodged everything at all cost. I would question in my mind, "why can't someone make a movie that is rated R and stays true to the story, how difficult is that?" And finally my prayers have been answered with Blade. This movie pops right out of the pages onto the screen with sheer violence, blood, martial arts, weapons, fire, the good against evil, etc. Yeah sure a lot of action flicks contain all these goodies, and most of them have bombed. But not Blade, the movie was filmed just right, not going overboard, delivering a good length and never a dull moment. Blade II is cool, but not as cool as the first. Blade is indeed one of the best real comic flicks I've seen in a long time.

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