“Vampires” is great popcorn entertainment. While fans will always compare Carpenter’s later movies with his early genre classics, “Vampires” is excellent entertainment, even if it isn’t an “important” or “milestone” horror event.
James Woods is not the most likable of heroes here but he’s very watchable. Daniel Baldwin delivers a believable performance as his dependable sidekick. “Twin Peaks”‘ Sheryl Lee plays the leggy small-town hooker who is unfortunately bit by a Master Vampire, Valek. There are also appearances from Maximilian Schell and “Miami Vice”‘s Gregory Sierra.
In Carpenter’s “Vampires”, the undead don’t exit this world peacefully. Instead, they explode like giant Catherine wheels. This is exciting to watch – you can’t have enough sparking vampires, can you? With lots of action and a few dark laughs, you could do a lot worse than see this movie.