R | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.
In a sense, the movie led to the boom of Marvel Comics-based movies. Though later overshadowed by the 2000's more successful X-Men (2000) and Spider-Man (2002), Blade was the first Marvel movie to be a bona fide financial and critical success (Men in Black (1997) came out first but technically, it was more a property bought by Marvel than made by Marvel). And granted, some productions such as the aforementioned Spider-Man had long been gestating, but the movie's success proved that Marvel characters could headline their own movies. Additionally, Blade himself was not as well-known prior to the movie's release, but still made for a successful property. In addition to their A-list stars, Marvel and DC have subsequently looked at other lesser-known characters for possible movies. And despite Batman & Robin (1997) being basically a Genre-Killer the year before, Blade proved comic book movies still had it. Of course, the general public probably wasn't really aware that Blade was a comic book character originally, and thought it was just a cool Vampire Hunter, especially since Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) premiered a year before. Though on the flip side, it was thanks to cartoon, Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994) where Blade made his first animated appearance and was still playing at the time, that likewise go interest up among cartoon goers.
You may wake up one day and find yourself extinct.
(at around 47 mins) When Blade and Karen head in to meet Pearl, the boom mic dips down into frame.
The opening and closing New Line Cinema logos are in red.
As of 2017, the SyFy Channel/USA Network cable TV version surprisingly leaves most of the graphic violence intact but omits any F-bombs.
English, Russian, Serbian
$17,073,856 23 August 1998