Vampires (1998)

USA, 1998
104m (Germany (with cuts)), 108m, 3021 metres
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), colour, 2.35:1

An American horror film directed by John Carpenter.

Plot Summary

The Catholic church has known for centuries that vampires exist and now it has learned that a powerful group of vampires are looking for an ancient crucifix that will give them the power to wipe out the entire human race. A team of Vatican-sanctioned vampire-hunters led by Jack Crow are despatched to find and stop them.


Director: John Carpenter
Largo Entertainment Presents, Film Office, JVC Entertainment, Spooky Tooth Productions, Storm King Productions
Executive Producer: Barr Potter
Producer: Sandy King
Co-Producer: Don Jakoby
Script: Don Jakoby
Novel: Vampire$ by John Steakley
Director of Photography: Gary B. Kibbe
Editor: Edward A. Warschilka
Music: John Carpenter
Sound Mixer: Hank Garfield
Costume Designer: Robin Michel Bush
Make Up: Jill Cady, Janna B. Phillips
Hair: Jill Crosby, Laurel Van Dyke, Enid Arias
Special Make Up Effects: Robert Kurtzman, Gregory Nicotero, Howard Berger, KNB EFX Group Inc, Chris Hanson, Monica Kenyon
Special Effects Coordinator: Darrell D. Pritchett
Production Designer: Thomas A. Walsh

James Woods (Jack Crow)
Daniel Baldwin (Montoya)
Sheryl Lee (Katrina)
Thomas Ian Griffith (Jan Valek)
Maximilian Schell (Cardinal Alba)
Tim Guinee (Father Adam Guiteau)
Mark Boone Junior (Catlin)
Gregory Sierra (Father Giovanni)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (David Deyo)
Tommy Rosales (Ortega)
Henry Kingi (Anthony)
David Rowden (Bambi)
Clarke Coleman (Davis)
Mark Sivertsen (Highway Patrolman)
John Furlong (Father Joseph Molina)
Angelina Calderón Torres (cleaning lady)
Jimmy Ortega (male vampire #1)
Gilbert Rosales (male vampire #2)
Danielle Burgio (woman vampire #1)
Laura Cordova (girl vampire #2)

Alternative Titles

Arpadim – Israeli title
John Carpenter – Vámpírok – Hungarian title
John Carpenterin vampyyrit – Finnish title
John Carpenter’s Vampire – German title
John Carpenters Vampires – Austrian title
Vampire – German title
Vampirii – Romanian title
Vampiros – Argentinean/Portuguese title
Vampiros de John Carpenter – Portuguese title
Vampiros, de John Carpenter – Spanish title

Vampires: Los Muertos (2002)
Vampires: The Turning (2005)



  • Cinefantastique vol.30 no.1 p.7 – note
  • Cinefantastique vol.30 no.4 (August 1998) pp.8-9 – review (The Undead bite the dust in this horror-western by John Thonen)
  • epd Film vol.16 no.7 (1 July 1999) pp.37-38 – review (John Carpenters Vampire by Hans Schifferle)


  • A Capital, Guia TV 23 July 1999 – review (by Rui Brazuna)
  • Correio da Manhã 22 January 1999 – review (Vitoriano Rosa)
  • Dagens Nyheter 6 December 1998 – review (Ovanligt anemiska vampyrer by Johan Croneman)
  • Diário de Notícias 22 January 1999 – review (by Eurico De Barros)
  • Diário de Notícias, DNmais 23 January 1999 – review (by José De Matos-Cruz)
  • Expresso, Cartaz 6 February 1999 – review (by António Cabrita)
  • Expresso, Cartaz 23 January 1999 – review (by Manuel Cintra Ferreira)
  • Expresso, Cartaz 30 January 1999 – review (by Jorge Leitão Ramos)
  • Svenska Dagbladet 4 December 1998 – review (Ofräscha vampyrer by Carl-Johan Malmberg)


  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart p.212
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.357
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.539
  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.561-564
  • Order in the Universe: The Films of John Carpenter (2nd Edition) by Robert C. Cumbow pp.227-237 *; 280-281
  • The Pocket Essentials: John Carpenter by Michelle Le Blanc & Colin Odell pp.111-116
  • Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman pp.284-285