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Blade Trilogy

The Blade Trilogy DVD box set
Directed by Stephen Norrington
Guillermo del Toro
David S. Goyer
Written by David S. Goyer
Marv Wolfman
Gene Colan
Starring Wesley Snipes
Kris Kristofferson
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) 19982004
Running time 350 min.
Country United States
Language English
Followed by Blade: The Series

The Blade films are based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name, portrayed by Wesley Snipes. They were written by David S. Goyer, Marv Wolfman, and Gene Colan, directed by Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro and David S. Goyer, respectively and distributed by New Line Cinema.

The character was created in 1973 for Marvel Comics by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan and was a supporting character in the 1970s comic Tomb of Dracula. In the comic, Blade's mother was bitten by a vampire while she was in labor with Blade. Thus, Blade was born as a dhampir, a human with vampire genes.

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Blade

Blade grows up to become a vampire hunter, swearing vengeance on the creatures that killed his mother. He teams up with a man called Whistler, a retired vampire hunter and weapons expert.

Meanwhile, in the urban underworld, a feud is started between 'pure-blood' vampires and those who had been human, but were 'turned.' Blade becomes aware of this and investigates further, uncovering a plot to raise the blood god La Magra, something he must stop at all costs.

Blade II

A rare mutation has occurred within the vampire community. "Reapers" are vampires so consumed with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves. Now their quickly expanding population threatens the existence of vampires, and soon there won't be enough humans in the world to satisfy their bloodlust. Blade, Whistler and an armory expert named Scud are curiously summoned by the Shadow Council. The council reluctantly admits that they are in a dire situation and they require Blade's assistance. Blade then tenuously enters into an alliance with The Bloodpack, an elite team of vampires who were trained in all modes of combat to defeat Blade. They'll use their skills instead to help wipe out the Reaper threat. Blade's team and the Bloodpack are the only line of defense which can prevent the Reaper population from wiping out the vampire and human populations.

Blade: Trinity

The vampires succeed in framing Blade for the killing of several humans (who were in fact familiars being used as bait). Blade, now in the public's eye and wanted by the FBI, has to join forces with the Nightstalkers, a human clan of vampire hunters. Blade, Hannibal King, and Abigail Whistler go after Danica Talos, who has succeeded in locating and resurrecting Drake, also known as Dracula, the first vampire and by far the most powerful. In order to stop him, Blade has to release a virus that will wipe out all vampires, but he has only one opportunity to do so.

Future

In December 2007, it was reported that Wesley Snipes had launched a lawsuit against New Line, director David Goyer and the film's producers, because he was forced to give up screen time to Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel. Further, Snipes alleges he did not receive his salary upon agreement and was not afforded the decision-making power he was entitled to as a producer. Snipes is also optimistic that, once things are settled, there will be a Blade 4.[1]

However, on April 24, 2008, Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for three misdemeanor convictions for willful failure to file federal income tax returns. Due to this, his role in future Blade movies is uncertain. However Snipes is optimistic that Blade 4 will happen some time in the future.

According to The Sunday Mail, it was announced that Stephen Dorff is set to reprise his role as Deacon Frost in a new trilogy devoted to the Frost character, which will be a prequel to the Blade movies.[2]

According to newsarama.com, Warren Ellis is working on an upcoming Blade Anime along with other marvel anime as well.


According to Arrowinthehead.com Wesley Snipes says New Line is thinking of doing another Blade film and he is interested in coming back as the character.

Cast & characters

Character Film
Blade Blade II Blade: Trinity
Blade Wesley Snipes
Abraham Whistler Kris Kristofferson
Deacon Frost Stephen Dorff  
Eli Damaskinos   Thomas Kretschmann  
Jared Nomak   Luke Goss  
Dracula / Drake   Dominic Purcell
Dr. Karen Jenson N'Bushe Wright  
Nyssa Damaskinos   Leonor Varela  
Abigail Whistler   Jessica Biel
Hannibal King   Ryan Reynolds
Dieter Reinhardt   Ron Perlman  
Asad   Danny John-Jules  
Chupa   Matt Schulze  
Scud   Norman Reedus  
Mercury Arly Jover  
Vanessa Brooks Sanaa Lathan  
Racquel Traci Lords  
Gitano Dragonetti Udo Kier  
Danica Talos   Parker Posey
Dr. Edgar Vance   John Michael Higgins
Jarko Grimwood   Triple H
Asher Talos   Callum Keith Rennie

Profiles

Blade

In 1998, the New Line Cinema film Blade starred Wesley Snipes in the title role. The film diverges almost entirely from prior comic representations of Blade, completely revamping the character's demeanor, powers and weaknesses. Traditionally, Blade was often presented as loquacious and boastful, yet in the film he is stoic and nearly silent. Rather than a normal human with immunity to vampirism and vampire hypnosis solely reliant on skill and ruthlessness, he is a superhuman with vampiric powers but none of the inherent weaknesses, with the exception of their thirst. To suppress his thirst, Whistler developed a serum, the original version being implied to be based on garlic and silver. The movie Blade is portrayed as an African American born in Detroit, Michigan, whereas the comic-books placed his birth in England.

Powers and abilities

Blade is depicted as having all of a vampire's strengths and none of the weaknesses except for blood-thirst. Blade has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and senses. He also has a healing factor. He can walk in sunlight, as well. It is also mentioned in the first film that he ages like a normal human. He is a master of martial arts, and can speak Czech, Russian, and to a degree the Vampire language, and he has a great deal of knowledge about hunting vampires.

Equipment

In the movie series, Blade often uses a stylized double edge sword with an acid-etched titanium blade, that has a security feature that will release blades into the wielder's hand after a set time. This is aborted by Blade, or others, who knew of the system by pushing a hidden switch in the sword's hilt. The movies also saw him wielding varieties of throwable glaives, different knives, silver stakes, firearms, and some specialized weapons, such as throwable injector canisters filled with anticoagulant which is explosively lethal to vampires and extendable injector spikes worn on the back of the hand.

Supporting characters

Hannibal King

The character of Hannibal King appears in the 2004 movie Blade: Trinity, played by Ryan Reynolds. In the movie, King serves as a member of a vampire hunting group known as the Nightstalkers.

This is similar to the comic book where he is the leader of the Nightstalkers with Abigail Whistler as second in command, a character created for the movie and based on a recurring character from the film franchise. And Blade, instead of being a Nightstalker himself, sees them as young and inexperienced compared to him. The movie preserves the "former vampire" nature of King, but he is much younger and is not a private detective. Also, due to Reynolds' history of playing effusive, comedic characters such as Van Wilder, his portrayal is very much the opposite of the more serious and reserved Hannibal King from the comics. The lasting friendship that blooms between King and Blade in the comics never happens in the movie. Although King is already an ex-vampire and ally when they meet, the humorless Blade never takes a liking to King; many of King's jokes and comedic moments were all but lost on Blade and only serve to reinforce Blade's gruff attitude towards King in the movie. King, after jokingly asking Blade what he'll do after they wipe out all the vampires, actually asks Abigail if Blade hates him, which she confirms. Additionally, in the movie, it was Danica Talos and not Deacon Frost who turned King into a vampire. And in the movies, King was cured not by a Darkhold spell, but by the retrovirus developed serum that was seen developed in Blade.

Abigail Whistler

Abigail Whistler is a fictional character, a vampire hunter in the movie Blade: Trinity, played by actress Jessica Biel. Her character did not exist in the Marvel Comics universe, having been created especially for the film. Abigail is possibly based on the character Rachel van Helsing from Tomb of Dracula.

Abigail Whistler is the daughter of Abraham Whistler, born out of wedlock either before or after his wife and two other daughters had been slaughtered by vampires. When she came of age, she tracked down her natural father and asked to be trained as a vampire hunter. Whistler trained her, although he trained her separately from Blade who was totally unaware that Whistler had any protegees other than himself. Whistler also set Abigail up as the leader of one of the many Nightstalker units he had secretly founded.

Abraham Whistler

He is a vampire hunter and mentor to Blade. Screenwriter David S. Goyer used him for the 1998 film Blade (played by Kris Kristofferson), but he first appeared on screen in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, and was voiced by Malcolm McDowell.

Blade

In the first Blade film it is revealed that Whistler lost his wife and two daughters to an attack by a vampire who had arrived at their home posing as a drifter. Whistler was beaten and tortured, being forced to choose which one of his family died first. These events shaped his hatred of vampires and his mission to destroy as many as he could.

Whistler is a weapons expert and master of several martial arts, having a part in creating many of Blade's weapons. When he discovered a thirteen year old Blade on the streets preying on the homeless, he took him under his wing. Realizing that he was half human and lacked a vampire's normal weaknesses with the exception of their thirst, he developed a serum to suppress the vampiric lust for blood.

Deacon Frost, an ambitious vampire whom Whistler and Blade had been tracking, located their base and attacked Whistler, ordering him to be infected with vampirism. After informing Blade of Frost's plan to resurrect an ancient vampire god, Whistler then seemingly commits suicide, considering death a better fate than becoming a vampire. However his death is not seen on camera, only the sound of a gun firing is heard.

Blade II

It is revealed in the second Blade film that Whistler survived his suicide attempt to be kidnapped by another gang of vampires and taken to the Czech Republic. Killing all but one of the vampires responsible for his imprisonment Blade frees him from suspended animation, taking him to Prague and injecting him with the "cure". During his time with them, he was repeatedly tortured to the point of death, healed, and then tortured again.

Blade, Whistler, and Scud are summoned by the Shadow Council, ruled by overlord Eli Damaskinos to eradicate the reaper threat. Reinhardt and Chupa (played by Matt Schulze), a friend of Priest who now wishes to kill Whistler to even the score with Blade, corner Whistler, and Chupa proceeds to savagely beat Whistler. Reinhardt leaves the two. Whistler, to save himself, releases the reaper pheromones into the air. As Chupa nearly beats Whistler to a pulp and is about to finish him off with a gun, reapers swarm the sewers and feed on Chupa, allowing Whistler to slip away.

Blade: Trinity

In the third Blade film, Blade is framed for the murder of several humans (who were in fact familiars being used as bait). Blade, now in the public eye and wanted by the FBI, is hunted down. In a raid on their new hideout, Whistler sets the self destruct mechanism and seemingly dies in an explosion. He is not seen or heard of afterwards (although Drake took the form of Whistler when he attacked the Nightstalkers).

Whistler fathered a daughter out of wedlock or before marriage. This daughter was Abigail Whistler who eventually tracked down her natural father and asked to be trained as a vampire hunter. Whistler trained her, although he trained her separately from Blade who was totally unaware that Whistler had any proteges other than himself. Whistler also set Abigail up as the leader of one of the many [[Nightstalkers (comics]]Nightstalker units he had secretly founded. It is assumed that these units were set up because one man (or half-vampire) is not enough to destroy an entire species. Also, since Blade is not immortal (he will eventually die from old age), Whistler did not want the war to die with him.

Villains

Eli Damaskinos

Eli Damaskinos is one of the main villains of the 2002 film Blade II. He is portrayed by actor Thomas Kretschmann. Eli Damaskinos was the supreme overlord of the Vampire Nations. He had been struggling to rid his race of any weaknesses for quite some time, and nearly succeeds with the experiments on his son, Jared Nomak, but ultimately fails. Concerned about the rapid reproduction of the Reaper strain, he enlists the help of Blade and Whistler to defeat them alongside the Bloodpack, though it is revealed later on that he was only doing so to collect Blade's biological data in order to perfect his research. This ultimately fails when Blade breaks free and Whistler destroys his genetically engineered vampire fetii. Eventually, he is confronted by Nomak; while he attempts to convince Nomak to stand down, Nomak is not fooled by his lies, and promptly rips his throat out with his teeth, leading him to bleed to death on the floor.

Drake

Dracula appears as the main villain in Blade: Trinity assuming the name Drake and portrayed by Dominic Purcell. The character has little resemblance to the comic book version of Dracula (although a copy of a comic of the Marvel Dracula is shown to the protagonist Blade during the movie).Given Drake's age and origin, he, more than any other vampire that followed, can harness a much greater and more dynamic range of abilities. He possesses superhuman strength, much greater than that of Blade, as well as incredible speed. Like those he sired, he is capable of leaping great distances and seems to be knowledgeable of sword fighting techniques, even rivaling Blade himself. Drake's true power, however, is derived from his origin as the first of his species. The manipulation of energies which lead to his first resurrection left Drake with two forms: human and a demonic alter ego. In this form, Drake is much stronger, resilient to all forms of damage and much taller than his human form. He also possesses very keen senses, allowing him, for example, to catch an arrow in mid-air.

Deacon Frost

Deacon Frost appeared in the 1998 movie Blade, starring Wesley Snipes portrayed by Stephen Dorff. Although the movie retains Frost's upstart ambitions, he was a great deal younger and more updated for the 1990s. In the film, Frost's main objective was to become La Magra, the vampire Blood god, and rid the world of humans, believing it belongs to the vampire race. After killing the House of Erebus leaders as part of the ritual, Blade, with the help of Karen Jenson (played by N'Bushe Wright), spoiled Frost's plans. Despite their efforts, however, Frost managed to complete the ritual and become one with La Magra, and engaged Blade in a sword battle. During the fight, Blade managed to gain the upper hand, cutting off Frost's right arm and then proceeded to cut him in half, only for Frost's top half to re-connect and regrow his right arm. Finally, after a stand-off, Frost was destroyed by Blade's use of EDTA darts (which he had believed to be Blade's serum).

In Blade II, Deacon Frost was mentioned to not be well-liked in the vampire community when vampire warlord Eli Damaskinos and his lawyer/"familiar" Karl Kounen thanked Blade for killing Deacon Frost. It was said that Blade "actually did [them] a favor."

La Magra

One of the major plots of the first film was to prevent Frost from raising La Magra, the Vampire blood god (as previously mentioned), and causing a vampire apocalypse. When Frost successfully became La Magra he gained certain powers, making him almost invincible. Each ability he gained was from the twelve pure bloods (Ashe, Cianteto, Dragonetti, Faustinas who held two seats, Ligaroo, Lemure, Kobejitsu, Lobishomen, Von Esper, Upier, and Pallintine) sacrificed in the ritual. Some of those powers/abilities include:

  • Far superior strength and speed from that of a regular vampire.
  • Red, bulging eyes.
  • Instant regeneration of lost limbs.
  • Impervious to silver due to Blade's blood
  • The ability to walk during the day due to Blade's blood.
  • The ability to turn any humans in his path into vampires instantly. (This is open to debate since Dr. Karen Jenson was in the same area where La Magra and Blade's battle took place and was not instantly turned, though it's a probability that La Magra needs to concentrate his powers in order to achieve the turning.)
  • The ability to control minds, matter and the elements. (Gained from the Faustinas tribe)
  • The ability to shed his skin, turning into a ball of fire to stalk his prey methodically. (Gained from the Ligaroo tribe.)

The majority of these powers were never seen or mentioned in the film since Frost's reign as La Magra was short-lived, but it is believed that since all of the pure bloods' spirits lived within Frost's body, he would have gained their abilities as well.

Morbius, the Living Vampire

In the bonus features of the Blade DVD under the La Magra title, an alternate ending can be seen where Blade, after dispatching Deacon Frost, walks out onto the rooftop of a building only to glimpse a figure whose identity is concealed behind a cloth mask. The film's writer David S. Goyer has stated that he originally intended Morbius to be the primary villain should there be a sequel to Blade. This was eventually scrapped in favor of the Reaper storyline in the actual Blade II film.

Jared Nomak

Jared Nomak is the main villain for the 2002 film Blade II. He is portrayed by actor Luke Goss.

Nomak is of a new, more fierce species of vampires called Reapers. His vampirism evolved into a stage in which he feeds off vampires as well as humans, favoring vampires as prey. Blaming his father, Eli Damaskinos, for his evolution, he became a renegade and set out for revenge, transforming others into Reapers to help him along the way.

Because vampire elder Eli Damaskinos grew concerned about their growing numbers, he made a deal with vampire hunter, Blade. Blade was to take Damaskinos' elite pack of killers, originally trained to slay Blade, called the Bloodpack, to hunt and kill Nomak and his pack of Reapers. Nomak initially offered an alliance to Blade saying "Is the enemy of my enemy my friend...or my enemy?", Blade replied by promptly shooting him in the head, but to no avail due to Nomak's superior regenerative abilities. Nomak also spared Nyssa's life as well. Nomak would again tell Blade they both want the same thing and shouldn't fight, but then engage in physical battle with one another. He later reveals to Whistler that Damaskinos had created the reapers in his quest to create daywalkers. Nomak was spawned from his own blood (like a group of fetuses that were shown later in the movie). Damaskinos considered him his son, but would later try to have him killed as it became apparent that Nomak was not the daywalker he had wanted. He also passes Whistler a family ring, which is exposed, leaving Nyssa distraught at her father having no regards for his own children.

Nomak evaded their attempts to stop him and finally reached his father, killing him by ripping his throat out with his teeth, then biting his sister Nyssa in the process to "complete the circle". Blade finally reaches Nomak and both face off in an intense physical battle with Nomak having much of the upper hand. Eventually, Blade finds Nomak's weakspot, the fact his heart is only armored at the front and back, and jams his sword beneath his arm, penetrating the armor around Nomak's heart.

Nomak falls to his knees and says, "It's strange. It hurts... it hurts no more", referring to the burning, fever like pain he constantly feels as a result of his Reaper virus, before jamming the entire sword within his heart, killing himself in the process and ending his pain.

Powers and abilities

Nomak possesses the common powers of the Reapers: he is considerably stronger, faster, more agile, and durable than common vampires, can adhere to solid surfaces like a spider, and transfer the Reaper virus to others with his bite.

In addition, being the first Reaper, Nomak seems to be in much more control of his bloodlust than the other Reapers he turns. Nomak also retains all of his higher brain functions, not only relying on his basic instincts to feed, but also being able to formulate plans and initiate dialogue, unlike those he has turned who, although being able to attack and take orders, are unable to talk.

It is highly unlikely that any other Reapers would be able to show as much control as Nomak does, his DNA being the most "pure" of the Reaper strain and thus allowing him to exhibit greater powers and more control, as in the words of Blade, "He's the carrier...", a comment also referring to the fact the other reapers would die swiftly after a few hours without blood owing to their heightened metabolisms, while Nomak does not.

Groups/teams/vampire houses
House of Damaskinos

In the film Blade II, the overlord Eli Damaskinos is depicted as leader of the "vampire nation", apparently heading an independent house. The position in regard to other houses mentioned in the films or the series is unclear. In the Blade II video game a pureblood from the Karkovs mentions Damaskinos as their former overlord so it's possible this is the House of Karkov, or this is the house that the Byrons, Karkovs and Arcans belong to.

  • Location: Prague (possibly London, Moscow, Romania)
  • Notable Members:
  • Purebloods: Eli Demaskinos (killed by his son Nomak), Nyssa (exposed to sunrise), Jared Nomak (turned a reaper and staked by Blade), Reinhardt (ashed by Blade), Asad, Priest, Chupa, Lighthammer, Snowman, Verlaine (all killed directly or indirectly by Reapers)
    • Unknown: Rush (ashed by Blade)
    • Familiars: Karel Kounen (shot by Whistler), Scud (killed by Blade)
House of Erebus

This house first appears in the film 'Blade' and is the house that the antagonizing vampires belong to. It is ruled by a "Shadowy Council" of 12 purebloods, it also treasures the book of Erebus (a vampire bible). The house takes its name from Erebus, the ancient Greek god of darkness and shadow, possibly the original creator of the vampire race.

The House of Erebus reappears in the series as one of the twelve vampire houses, playing a minor role in the episode "Turn of the Screw". In keeping with the depiction in the film, the house is described as "conservative". The house was planned to have a major role in the series' second season.

  • Location: Chicago, Illinois (Blade)
  • Notable Members:
    • Purebloods: Gitano Dragonetti (exposed to sunrise by Frost), thirteen further elders (sacrificed in the ritual of La Magra, one elder killed by Mercury), Alex (exposed to Aurora virus)
    • Turnedbloods: Deacon Frost (killed by EDTA after becoming La Magra), Mercury (killed by Karen using Vampire Mace), Quinn (Ashed by Blade), Vanessa Brooks (Ashed by Blade)
    • Unknown: Pearl (burnt by Karen using a UV Lamp, dies in explosion of vampire library), Sands (Experimented on with Aurora now unaffiliated)
    • Familiars: Officer Krieger (killed by Frost)
House of Talos

In the film Blade: Trinity, the antagonizing vampires are grouped into an unnamed house. This group is involved in genetic engineering, the draining of humans in blood farming facilities, and is also responsible for resurrection of Drake.

  • Location: New York City
  • Notable Members:
    • Patriarch of Hominus Nocturna: Dagon/Dracula/Drake (killed by Daystar Virus)
    • Turnedbloods: Danica Talos (killed by Daystar virus), Asher Talos (ashed by Abigail), Pac-Man (vampire dog)
    • Unknown: Jarko Grimwood (Ashed by Hannibal King)
    • Familiars: Dr. Edgar Vance (killed by Drake), Police chief Martin Vreed (killed by Blade)
Nightstalkers

A revised version of the Nightstalkers was depicted in the 2004 movie Blade: Trinity starring Wesley Snipes as Blade, Jessica Biel as Abigail Whistler and Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King. In the movie, Blade was not a Nightstalker himself but allied with them, albeit reluctantly, as they were younger and in his eyes less experienced. In contrast to the more mature and reserved Hannibal King depicted in the comics, Reynolds revision of the character was in keeping with his history of humorous, extroverted characters. Abigail Whistler was the leader of the group. Unlike the comic, there were several lesser members who, being unsuited for physical action, stayed at headquarters in supporting roles.

Reapers

Reaper were a new breed of powerful vampires created by Eli Damaskinos, dubbed "the Reaper strain," in a quest to eliminate the weaknesses of the vampire race. The Reaper strain was a developed form of vampirism which turned its carriers stronger and faster than normal vampires. The reapers have a thick case of bone covering their heart in the front and back, with only the sides being left open, making it near-impossible to be staked directly. All beings affected by the reaper strain gain a three way jaw, with the left and right sides of the mouth having fangs which inject a neurotoxin to paralyze their victims while feeding, which in turn transfers the strain into their victims from the bite. Transformation could take place anywhere between 48 to a few hours, theoretically depending on the victim.

Appearance and abilities

When the mouth is folded, a reaper would appear normal, excluding their greenish complexion. The obvious difference between them and common vampires was the thin scar beginning from their lower lip, ending at the base of the neck. A feeding tube with sharp teeth for penetration is used for feeding, but they're also capable of feeding like any other vampire. They're stronger and more agile than regular vampires, able to leap greater heights, crawl on walls, and take great damage with little or no signs of discomfort. A Reaper's only weakness appears to be direct contact with sunlight and/or ultraviolet rays, combusting almost instantly; although it is possible to stake them, their hearts are surrounded by a layer of bone that make it practically impossible to impale them with most conventional methods. The weaknesses of regular vampires, such as silver and garlic do not affect them in any way; although EDTAs (which make normal vampires literally explode into a cloud of blood) seem to cause them great discomfort temporarily, within seconds they are able to shrug off their effects, making EDTA an ineffective weapon as well. They also have heightened metabolisms which prompts them to feed and thus spread the virus, increasing their race at an accelerating rate. With the exception of the first Reaper, Jared Nomak, Reapers are incapable of human speech, communicating through snarls and growls, though they retain enough intelligence to follow Nomak's orders, attack in organized manners, and set traps for their enemies and prey.

Vampires in general

The vampires in the Blade films are much stronger and faster than humans, displaying impressive physical strength to jump and leap great distances and deliver blows and strikes that can knock a full grown man across a room and moving fast enough to side-step bullets. Their pounces and throws can make concrete crack, such as when Drake slams Blade to the floor. They possess impressive physical resilience, shrugging off injuries that would kill a normal human, with the wound only slowing them down. Injuries they receive recover quickly, taking less time than it would for humans or even regenerating lost body parts, a process which is sped up by the consumption of blood. Vampires can perform amazing feats of agility. In the sequel, vampire assassins display superhuman maneuvers in their battle with Blade. Their senses are also refined and heightened to a very high degree. In the series, it is shown that vampires can perceive things in the ultraviolet spectrum.

Despite their impressive physical and mental abilities, they have many drawbacks. They are severely allergic to silver, sunlight, garlic, and EDTA. The allergic reaction is so severe that it causes vampires to spontaneously combust and turn into ash. Deacon Frost, however, was able to temporarily suppress his weakness to UV rays by wearing sunblock. They are also addicted to blood, which acts as sustenance and a drug for them. This is seen in its extreme with the Reapers who are so dependent on human and vampire blood, that not having it in their system causes their metabolism to burn faster and cause rapid deterioration to their body.

Vampires in the Blade films are not affected by religious symbols such as crucifixes. This is due to the depiction of vampirism as a biological species and not a supernatural affliction. Other abilities traditionally associated with vampirism such as turning into mist or a bat are also not depicted.

Release

Box office

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
United States Foreign Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide
Blade August 21, 1998 $70,087,718 $61,095,812 $131,183,530 #724 $45,000,000 [3][4]
Blade II March 22, 2002 $82,348,319 $72,661,713 $155,010,032 #558 $54,000,000 [5]
Blade: Trinity 8 December 8, 2004 $52,411,906 $76,493,460 $128,905,366 #1,036 $65,000,000 [6]
Total $204,847,943 $210,250,985 $415,098,928 $164,000,000

Critical reception

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Overall Cream of the Crop
Blade 55% (82 reviews)[7] 29% (24 reviews)[8] 45% (23 reviews)[9] B- (12 reviews)[10]
Blade II 58% (133 reviews)[11] 46% (26 reviews)[12] 52% (28 reviews)[13] B (9 reviews)[14]
Blade: Trinity 27% (157 reviews)[15] 22% (32 reviews)[16] 38% (30 reviews)[17] C (11 reviews)[18]

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See also

  • Blade
  • Blade II
  • Blade: Trinity
  • Blade: The Series - A short-lived show on Spike TV that was set some time after Blade: Trinity.

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