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Blade II



Icky, bloody vampire sequel.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 117 minutes

What parents need to know


Intense peril and violence Intense peril


Sexual references and situations


Very strong language

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drug use

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has intense gore, which falls just on this side of a slasher film. All kinds of decapitations, bloodletting, tracheotomies, etc., are inflicted on various human-like beings. Although the vampires combust in a cloud of sparks when killed, it comes too late to avoid seeing brains, hearts and tendons, and oceans of blood. Blade, at one point, gets strapped to an impalement table, which shoots spikes through various limbs and organs. There is also a scene of horrible vampire self-mutilation. Even by action-movie standards, it is very graphic. Characters use strong language and there are sexual situations. Interestingly, in the original Blade, the vampires were a rainbow nation of evil with many different ethnic groups represented, but in Blade II, there are two ethnic vampires on Blade's hit-squad, but none in the crowd scenes, or as antagonists.

What's the story?

Half-vampire Blade (Wesley Snipes) is back in this sequel about the Marvel Comics superhero. When last we left our hero, his mentor and gunsmith Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) has been vampirized, abducted by the undead, and held suspended in a blood-support tank to endure eternal torture. With the help of his new idea-man, Blade breaks Whistler out, and cures him of the vampire virus with an injection and a 24 hour dry-out program. Meanwhile, a mutant super-vampire sneaks into a corrupt Czech blood bank, and eats the vampire-phlebotomists with his daringly different super-vampire bloodsucking anatomy. The waxy emperor is forced to offer a truce to Blade, in order to fight their mutual enemy. But it is immediately clear that the truce can only be temporary.

Is it any good?


An ordinary sequel to the first Wesley Snipes vehicle, this bloody punch-fest lacks the charming antagonists that livened the original movie. Snipes is occasionally funny, though not as often as he should be. Most of the rest of the cast is not funny, except Ron Perlman, re-doing his lovable thug routine (Cronos, Alien Resurrection) as an evil vampire hitman.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's themes of betrayal and loyalty. For what it's worth, Blade is a black superhero. He calls the shots, is never condescended to, and shows loyalty, courage and integrity. Parents may want to discuss the nature of wish-fulfillment, and the way violence and problem-solving are conflated in the movies versus the way they interact in real life.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 2, 2002
DVD release date:August 30, 2002
Cast:Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Wesley Snipes
Director:Guillermo Del Toro
Studio:New Line
Run time:117 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence, sex, drug use, and language

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Parent of a 14 year old Written byganstaboy30 March 8, 2011

Good for kids that like blood and vampire

It's very violent with a guys face getting burnt but there a lot of "F" words so i think people under 15 just cause of the bad language
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byBestPicture1996 June 23, 2010

I watched the sequel before the original!

But what was I to do? My friend said it was better and it gave some backround on the original so I shouldn't sweat it. Extremely bloody and violent, it was like, "OK, let's rush the dialouge scenes so we can get right to Blade tearing vampires up!" The language was strong and the characters smoked frequently. But it was very entertaining, so I may dig my teeth into the 1st and 3rd parts of the series.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bymr subjective o... August 7, 2009

15+but only for kids with a genial yet unsensitive disposition

hi i really enjoyed this film. Only in a few parts are the blood overwhelming. A bit scary at times. Children will love it. Id say watchable for mature 15 year olds.But a big no no for kids who have a bad history at school or violence.
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Too much violence
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