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The power of an immortal. The soul of a human. The heart of a hero. Sworn to defend humanity, although not entirely human ... Born with the cunning and superhuman power of a vampire, but able to stalk by day as well as night ... Wesley Snipes stars in this action-packed thriller as the immortal vampire hunter Blade. Awakened to consciousness--and pain--before birth by the bite of the undead vampire that kills his mother, a young boy grows into a mythical warrior bearing a blood-curse: An almost insatiable desire for blood that he must fight every moment of every day. Blade uses his awesome power to battle the vampires led by his mortal enemy, the omnipotent vampire overlord Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff). The undead have infiltrated the corridors of power intent on conquering all mankind; now, against an army of immortals, one warrior must draw first blood.
© 1998 New Line Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Critics Consensus: Though some may find the plot a bit lacking, Blade's action is fierce, plentiful, and appropriately stylish for a comic book adaptation.
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Common Sense Says
Superhero vampire film has extreme violence, gore, language.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blade is an extremely violent action film, based on the Marvel comic book superhero, that contains horror and fantasy elements. Blade (Wesley Snipes) is a human-vampire hybrid, who despite sharing some traits with vampires is determined to rid the world of them. The violence is nonstop and extremely bloody, with a huge number of deaths. Characters have their limbs, heads, and torsos severed. They are also shot at, stabbed -- sometimes in the face -- and beaten to a pulp, and have their heads explode. Much of the resulting injuries are seen in gory close-ups. There are a number of torture scenes, which include characters being burned to death. Various scenes involve the vampire characters biting their victim's necks and drinking their blood. This group of rebellious vampires is led by Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), whose motivation is gaining ultimate power and destroying all humans. In addition to the bloody violence, there is strong language throughout, including "motherf----r," "f--k," and "bitch." Oral sex is briefly seen being performed on someone in a club. Released in 1998, Blade is often cited as the film that kick-started Marvel's success in movies. It also deserves praise for its positive representation of diversity, with Blade being one of the first Black superheroes to be given their own movie franchise: Snipes starred as Blade in two additional movies. However, with its graphic action and gory injuries and deaths, this is one superhero film not intended for kids.
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- Genre:Action, Horror
- Release Date:August 21, 1998
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
If purchased in:4K
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