Blade (1998)

110m (Germany), 120m
35mm film, colour, 2.35:1
Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS, English

An American horror film directed by Stephen Norrington. It is based on a supporting character created in 1973 for the title Tomb of Dracula.

Plot Summary

Blade, a half human, half vampire who inherited some of the undead's powers after his mother was bitten during pregnancy, wages a one-man war on vampire kind. One faction of need Blade's blood to help them summon their “blood god” La Magra to help them finally assert their power over the human race.


Directed by: Stephen Norrington
© MCMXCVIII [1998] New Line Productions, Inc.
New Line Cinema presents an Amen Ra Films production in association with Imaginary Forces. A Stephen Norrington film
Executive Producers: Lynn Harris, Stan Lee, Avi Arad, Joseph Calamari
Produced by: Peter Frankfurt, Wesley Snipes, Robert Engelman
Written by: David S. Goyer
Blade and Deacon Frost Characters Created for Marvel Comics by: Marv Wolfman & Gene Colan
Director of Photography: Theo van de Sande
Edited by: Paul Rubell
Music by: Mark Isham
Sound Mixer: Lee Orloff
Costume Designer: Sanja Milkovic Hays
Department Head Make-Up: Perry M. Germain
Department Head Hair: Joy Zapata-Chavez
Special Make-up Effects: Cannom Creations Effects Crew
Visual Effects: Blue Sky/VIFX; Image Savant; Digiscope; Flat Earth Productions, Inc.; Post Logic
Production Designer: Kirk M. Petruccelli

Wesley Snipes (Blade)
Stephen Dorff (Deacon Frost)
Kris Kristofferson (Abraham Whistler)
N'Bushe Wright (Dr Karen Jenson)
Donal Logue (Quinn)
Udo Kier (Dragonetti)
Traci Lords (Racquel)
Arly Jover (Mercury)
Kevin Patrick Walls (Officer Krieger)
Tim Guinee (Dr Curtis Webb)
Sanaa Lathan (Vanessa Brooks)
Eric Edwards (Pearl)
Donna Wong (nurse)
Carmen Thomas (senior resident)
Shannon Lee (resident)
Kenny Johnson (Heatseeking Dennis)
Clint Curtis (creepy morgue guy)
Judson Earney Scott (Pallantine)
Sidney Liufau (Japanese doorman)
Keith Leon Williams (Kam)

Alternative Titles

Blade el cazavampiros – Venezuelan title
Blade, cazador de vampiros – Argentinian title
Blade, O Caçador de Vampiros – Brazilian title
Blade, the Vampire Slayer – working title
Penge – Hungarian title

Blade II (2002)
Blade: Trinity (2004)
Blade: The Series (2006)
Blade (2011)

Includes extracts from
Mortal Kombat (1995)

Extracts included in
The Blood Pact: Making of Blade II (2002)


Empire June 1999 p.142 – review (by Adam Smith)
Film Review December 1998 p.21 – review (by Jason Caro)

Diário de Notícias, DNmais 12 December 1998 – review (by José De Matos-Cruz)
Expresso, Cartaz 12 December 1998 – review (by Manuel Cintra Ferreira)
Svenska Dagbladet 12 February 1999 – review (En halv vampyr ger inte en hel film by Ludvig Hertzberg)