D: Stephen Norrington
New Line/Amen Ra/Imaginary Forces (Peter Frankfurt, Wesley Snipes & Robert Engleman)
USA 🇺🇸 1998
W: David S. Goyer [based on characters created by Marv Wolfman & Gene Colan]
DP: Theo Van de Sande
Ed: Paul Rubell
Mus: Mark Isham
PD: Kirk M. Petrucelli
Wesley Snipes (Eric Brooks / Blade), Stephen Dorff (Deacon Frost), Kris Kristofferson (Abraham Whistler), N'Bushe Wright (Dr. Karen Jenson), Donal Logue (Quinn), Udo Kier (Gitano Dragonetti)
Based on a series of graphic novels and amassing a respectable cult following, Wesley Snipes plays the title character, a half-man, half-vampire vigilante who slays fully-fledged vampires to prevent them from taking over the world.
I'm not a huge fan of modern vampire movies which twist the legend into something which is almost undead, but this had a bit of uniqueness to it. I still don't buy the theory that a vampire can go out in daylight so long as they're wearing a bit of sunblock.
Not a huge fan of Wesley Snipes either and certainly not the visual effects which appear in this movie... excruciatingly bad for the late 1990's.
Did You Know:
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 possibly 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.