Boring vampire blood bath isn't for kids.
  • Review Date: September 28, 2006
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 120 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's good guys against bad guys/vampires, but Blade is out for revenge first.


This movie is a literal bloodbath of violence.


Partial nudity.


Vampires and vampire hunters tend to swear graphically.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is filled with violence -- in fact, violence seems to be its reason for existence. Blood falls from the ceiling onto dancing vampires. Blade graphically kills many vampires, and they in turn graphically kill many humans. There's swearing and partial nudity, as well as scenes that combine sexual lust with vampire blood lust.

What's the story?

BLADE opens with the violent birth of its star and namesake (Wesley Snipes), whose mother has just been bitten by a vampire. The movie then fast-forwards to Blade's adult life, and viewers discover that he has become the "Daywalker," possessing all the power of vampires but none of their weaknesses. To avenge his mother's death, Blade has made it his mission to hunt and slay vampires. Blade teams up with Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), an aging human who has his own reasons for revenge. Blade also acquires the aid of Dr. Karen Jenson (N'Bushe Wright) after rescuing her from a vampire attack. Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), a human-turned-vampire, unleashes a plan to overthrow the Vampire Council, decode some ancient vampire texts, and use the information to release "la magra" (the blood god), thus enslaving the human race as cattle for blood milking. With his sidekick Quinn (Donal Logue), Deacon must capture Blade in order to meet the ancient texts' requirements before Blade discovers the plot and undermines it.

Is it any good?


Sound formulaic? It is. Campy? Absolutely. Sometimes the same old action flick formula is executed with aplomb. And sometimes campy is a hoot, with all its winking and nodding. But Blade, based on a comic book series, accomplishes neither. Sometimes it plods through its formula like a Hollywood sleepwalk; other times, it just falls flat on its face.

Every action movie includes a line delivered by the hero just before the coup de grace dispatch of the bad guy -- you know the one. In Blade the line is, "You people are always trying to ice skate uphill." Watching this movie is kind of like hearing that line: It leaves you bored and puzzled.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence, greed, and the need for absolute power. Why are some people not content to let others lead? Why is the character who needs absolute power so prevalent in film and literature? What separates Blade from the vampires? Why does the audience revel in someone who seeks to solve all his problems with violence?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 18, 1998
DVD release date:December 22, 1998
Cast:Donal Logue, Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes
Director:Stephen Norrington
Studio:New Line
Run time:120 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:graphic violence, sexual situations and nudity.

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Adult Written by4Spice June 15, 2010

good killing movie

the first blade is my favorite one lots of intense violence 16 and over
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written byraeedthunder February 22, 2011
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old July 14, 2009

Violent and bloody, tweens and up.

This movie includes lots of gore, and is literally the definition of violent. There is also some sexual vampire scenes.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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