New Line Cinema Released 1998




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Stephen Norrington

Blade follows a half human, half vampire, born from a human woman bitten during pregnancy by a vampire. Raised by a kind soul that found him on the street, Blade has all the strengths of a vampire but only one of their weaknesses: the thirst for blood. Blade can survive in the daylight and maintains his craving for blood with the help of his adoptive father-figure Whistler. Blade vows to rid the world of vampires that have now mixed themselves in with human lives, taken human slaves and even started large corporations. Whistler helps Blade by creating new, high tech weapons needed to slay the other vampires. Blade finds out that a vampire corporation has come up with a plan in order to control the human race and use them as an endless food supply. Willing to sacrifice himself in order to save his half-brother humans, Blade sets out to battle.


Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    The noir atmosphere doesn't quite smother the dialogue's cheesy smell.

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Although the opening scene suggests a dark urban satire, Blade quickly turns into a cartoonish futuristic action-adventure yarn in which Blade is the only thing keeping humanity fr...

  • 40

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Though slick and diverting in some aspects, increasingly silly pic has trouble meshing disparate elements --- horror, superhero fantasy, straight-up action --- into a workable whole.

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    • Production Budget - $45,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $70,087,718 (29th)
      Worldwide gross - $131,183,530 (30th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $121,943,663
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $228,246,039

    • Filming locations:
      Long Beach, California
      Death Valley National Park, California
      London, England
      Los Angeles, California
      Moscow, Russia
      St. Mary's Hospital, Long Beach, California
      Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    • Other production Companies:
      Amen Ra Films
      Imaginary Forces
      Marvel enterprises

    • Taglines:
      1. Vampire Hunter.
      2. Have you given blood lately?
      3. Part Man. Part Vampire. All Hero.
      4. Sometimes it takes one to kill one.
      5. Against an army of immortals, one warrior must draw first blood.
      6. The power of an immortal. The soul of a human. The heart of a hero.

    • Music:
      Confusion (Pump Panel Recon Mix)
      Written by Stephen Morris, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert and Arthur Baker
      Performed by New Order
      Bad Moon Rising
      Written by John Fogerty
      Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
      Written by Aphex Twin
      Performed by Polygon Window
      Ah Singapore
      Written by Naoko Yamano
      Performed by Shonen Knife
      Written by DJ Krush
      Performed by DJ Krush
      Dig This Vibe
      Written by DJ Krush
      Performed by DJ Krush
      Playing With Lightning
      Written by Chylow Parker, Fredro Starr, Sticky Fingaz, Sonee Seeza, George Rodriguez and James Bernard
      Performed by Expansion Union
      Performed by Onyx
      Dealing with the Roster
      Written by Tom Holkenborg and Patrick Ian Tilon
      Performed by Junkie XL
      Written by Elmar Schulte and Ruediger Gleisberg
      Performed by Solitaire
      Written by Elmar Schulte and Ruediger Gleisberg
      Performed by Solitaire
      Written by Elmar Schulte and Ruediger Gleisberg
      Performed by Solitaire
      Call & Response
      Written by James Baker and Philip Aslett
      Performed by Source Direct
      Rainbow Voice
      Written by David Hykes
      Performed by David Hykes
      Written by Matt Walker
      Performed by Siren
      Go Get On It
      Written by Kelly Reverb and Chad Littlepage
      Performed by Southside Reverb
      Rattle the Fear
      Written by Steve Snow, Jimmy Hawes and Tom Maxwell
      Performed by Spirit Fire Child
      Ni Ten Ichi Ryu (Two Swords Technique)
      Written by Photek
      Performed by Photek
      Chin Chin
      Written by Damien Wagner
      Performed by Bang Wa Cherry and DJ June
      Features "Japanese Schoolgirl Rap"

    • ASCAP Awards Wins:
      1. Top Box Office Film

      Saturn Awards Nominations:
      1. Best Horror
      2. Make-up


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