Mike D'Angelo
December 18, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Blade

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
08/21/98
performer
Stephen Dorff, Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson
director
Stephen Norrington
Producer
Avi Arad
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
David S. Goyer
genre
ActionAdventure, Horror
We gave it a D+

Half human, half vampire (and, as played by Wesley Snipes, stoic to the point of stupor), the titular comic-book hero of the tedious action-horror flick Blade is doomed to forever battle sharp-fanged underworld denizens and his own cravings. The action involves lots of second-rate martial-arts choreography (made even less thrilling by the video’s pan-and-scan job), while the psychological conflicts are filled with unconvincing angst. Booby prizes: the many giggle-provoking moments, as when Kris Kristofferson’s vampire hunter solemnly hands a hematologist a can of ”vampire Mace.” D+

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