HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Settlers
Boy Behind the Door, The
Swords of the Space Ark
I Still See You
Most Beautiful Boy in the World, The
Luz: The Flower of Evil
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Kandisha
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Justice League: War
Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The
Plurality
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Night of the Sharks
Werewolves Within
Honeymoon
King and Four Queens, The
Stray Dolls
Diana's Wedding
Deerskin
Toll, The
Two of Us
Nowhere Special
Rainbow Jacket, The
Crazy Samurai: 400 vs 1
First Cow
Undiscovered Tomb
Being Frank
Occupation: Rainfall
Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
   
 
Newest Articles
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
   
 
  Blade II The New Breed
Year: 2002
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Valera, Norman Reedus, Thomas Kretschmann, Luke Goss, Matt Schulze, Danny John-Jules, Donnie Yen, Karel Roden, Marit Velle Kile, Tony Curran, Daz Crawford, Santiago Segura, Samuel Le, Marek Vasut
Genre: Horror, Action, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: Night time in Prague, and there's a blood bank in the city which offers money, which is an attraction for the impoverished especially with no limit on how much is allowed to be donated. One individual seeking to make an impression is Jared Nomak (Luke Goss), who is taken into a chamber round the back of the building by the nurse who claims from his sample that his blood is very unusual. Before he knows what is happening, Nomak is being held down in a chair and about to be drained by the vampires who actually run the bank when he starts laughing: the reason he is not like others is down to his constitution, a new kind of bloodsucker, one who actually dines on vampires and turns them into this super strain like he is...

Which will be of great interest to Blade (Wesley Snipes), here making a return to the big screen after his first outing was a hit, the first real Marvel movie to kick off the long-running "universe" of cinematic endeavours, though he still stood alone as far as potential crossovers went. Returning was David S. Goyer, soon to be revitalising the Batman franchise for Christopher Nolan, but what made this more significant for horror fans was the presence of Guillermo del Toro calling the shots behind the camera, having already marked himself out as a talent to watch and by this stage finally getting the hang of Hollywood away from his cultier Mexican chillers. In this case he crafted what was generally regarded as the best entry in the trilogy, the first one regarded as good, but this sequel better.

The character of Blade had made his debut in support to the cast of vampires and vampire killers in Marvel's Tomb of Dracula comic books of the nineteen-seventies, and both writer and director were keen to render this reminiscent of that source, which to an extent they succeeded in; we're used to seeing comic adaptations stage their action just so and represent their backstory in a style demanding the audience be accepting of a certain mythology that they either learned about from the media surrounding these productions or by paying attention to the film in hand. The Blade movies were little different, so whereas something like Star Wars established its continuity after the first effort, the comic books had decades of plot to draw from and ground themselves with.

Therefore you could view this trilogy as a "Year Zero" for how the comics would be approached from then on, yet as all that had not quite gotten as self-referential as it would become, you could still appreciate them on their own terms, and aside from bringing Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) back for part two, you didn't particularly need to have seen a whole bunch of other works to keep up to speed, which was to its advantage, if not to the advantage of Marvel who increasingly began to count on its audience having caught each instalment of an ongoing tale, or set of tales. Against the odds when there's a studio so jealously guarding their property, del Toro managed to put one of his more personal stamps onto the material, and not simply because his old pal Ron Perlman was cast as one of the vampires Blade tussles with.

It was assuredly the most interesting cast for a movie in this series, so much so that Snipes often felt like a supporting character in his own film, so far was the jostling for attention between his fellow actors apparent. At least we had him trading barbs with Perlman, something to relish, though we also had Norman Reedus of TV's The Walking Dead fame as Blade's latest sidekick, Leonor Valera as Nyssa, a vampire who seeks our hero's help against the virus spread by Nomak among her kind, Danny John-Jules from TV's Red Dwarf as one of her fanged underlings, Donnie Yen as a silent vampire on Nyssa's team for a "what's he doing here?" moment to ponder, and so forth. Fair enough, the Hong Kong cinema-inspired combat setpieces may look much of a muchness now we've seen so many of them in Hollywood action flicks, but del Toro did offer scenes very much his own, such as the autopsy on one of the new breed which reveals it'll be difficult to stake when its heart is encased in bone. Fairly influential for a sequel, then, and more accessible than the Underworld movies. Music by Marco Beltrami.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3665 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Guillermo del Toro  (1964 - )

Stylish Mexican horror director who moves between personal projects and Hollywood blockbusters. After a couple of short films, he earned international attention with unusual vampire chiller Cronos. Mimic was an artistically disappointing follow up, but he enjoyed success with vampire action sequel Blade II, spooky ghost story The Devil's Backbone, and another horror comic adaptation, Hellboy. Spanish Civil War fantasy Pan's Labyrinth was widely seen as a triumph and won three Oscars. After a long spell in production hell since Hellboy II, he returned with giant monster mash Pacific Rim and gothic chiller Crimson Peak. The Shape of Water, an unconventional horror romance, garnered him Oscars.

 
Review Comments (3)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: