Blade is a 1998 American vampire-superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson and Stephen Dorff, and is loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid who protects humans from vampires.
A man is led to a rave club by a seductive woman named Raquel, only to find that the club is filled with vampires eager to feed on the human members of the crowd. In the middle of the carnage, a vampire-hunter named Blade (Snipes) arrives. Saving the man, Blade slaughters the vampires in the club with only a vampire named Quinn (Donal Logue) momentarily spared but horribly burned. Blade tracks Quinn down to a hospital, but Quinn is able to feed off of Dr. Curtis Webb before biting another resident hematologist, Dr. Karen Jenson (N'Bushe Wright), before escaping once again. Blade brings Karen back to his lair and introduces her to Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), his mentor and weaponsmith.
Learning that Blade is a half-vampire hybrid with all the strengths of a but none of their weaknesses except the thirst for blood, Karen resolves to study vampirism and find a cure before she becomes a vampire, uncovering that the anticoagulant EDTA reacts explosively with the vampire infection. Meanwhile, Deacon Frost (Dorff), a young upstart in the vampire community, clashes with his vampire elders as he believes that vampires should rise from the shadows and enslave humanity. The elders shun him for his radical views and because he was not born a vampire, like they were. Frost studies ancient vampire lore and comes to believe that he can achieve it through La Magra, a vampire god. After translating their race's sacred scriptures to uncover the means to awaken La Magra, Frost kidnaps the leading elder Gitano Dragonetti, killing him off and the imprisons the other elders.
Blade combats Frost's various minions in an effort to uncover his plan, but Frost manages to invade Blade's lair, kidnapping Karen and mortally wounding Whistler with his men infecting him. Blade gives the infected Whistler a gun to commit suicide, then arms himself with a large supply of EDTA. He storms Frost's home, overrunning the bodyguards, and discovers his own mother, Vanessa Brooks (Sanaa Lathan), whom he believed dead, in Frost's bed. She reveals that Frost was the vampire that bit her while Blade was still in the womb and caused him to become a daywalker. Thunderstruck, Blade is defeated and taken to the Temple of Eternal Night for Frost to use his blood and sacrifices the elder vampires to become La Magra.
Karen manages to break free and feed Blade her blood, giving him the power to fight back. He kills his mother while Karen kills Frost's lover Mercury (Arly Jover) with garlic spray. Blade then cuts through Quinn and the rest of Frost's minions before engaging Frost in swordplay. Frost's new powers make him immune to normal weapons, so Blade injects him with EDTA, causing Frost to explode. Blade and Karen return to Blade's lair, where Karen successfully cures herself of vampirism. Blade chooses not to use the cure in order to continue hunting vampires with their own powers. An epilogue finds Blade in Russia, hunting vampires there.
- Wesley Snipes as Blade: A half-vampire daywalker whose life mission is to hunt vampires.
- N'Bushe Wright as Dr. Karen Johnson: A plucky hematologist saved by Blade after being bitten by a vampire.
- Stephen Dorff as Deacon Frost: An upstart vampire with great ambitions and a thirst for power.
- Kriss Kristofferson Abraham Whistler: Blade's friend, mentor and weapon supplier.
- Donal Logue as Quinn: A cocky minion of Frost's, capable of surviving wounds that would kill lesser vampires.
- Uda Kier as Gitano Dragonetti: A vampire elder.
- Sanaa Lathan Vanessa Brooks: Blade's mother who has turned into a vampire due to Frost.
- Arly Jover as Mercury: A fleet-footed vampire and also Frost's lover.
- Kevin Patrick Walls as Officer Krieger: A "familiar", or human servant, of Frost's.
- Tim Guinee as Dr. Curtis Webb: Karen's ex-boyfriend.
- Traci Lords as Racquel: A seductive vampire who leads a man to the blood rave.
- Blade at the Internet Movie Database
- Blade at AllMovie
- Blade at Rotten Tomatoes
- Blade (film) at Wikipedia
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