Film: Blade II

Blade II is the second film in the Blade Trilogy. It was released in 2002 and directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Following on from the first film, Blade (Wesley Snipes) continues to hunt down vampires in Central Europe and is reunited with Whistler after the vampires kept him alive on life support and moved him around to evade Blade's pursuit. The vampire leadership contact Blade to ask for his help to battle an even greater foe. A new breed of supervampires named the Reapers have spawned from Jared Nomak, the original carrier, and have started devouring and turning vampires en masse. Blade teams up with the special vampire unit the Bloodpack to destroy the Reapers before they have finished with the vampires and move on to wiping out mankind.

This film provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: When chasing the Reapers.
  • Achilles' Heel: The Reapers have two. Firstly they're still vulnerable to sunlight, and in fact may be even more vulnerable given that the "sunlight bomb" detonated late in the film kills dozens of Reapers yet only manages to give Reinhardt what look like second-degree burns. Secondly their metabolism is so fast that unless they feed regularly they starve to death within a few days.
  • Action Girl: Nyssa.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The death of Prince Nomak, who was driven to kill his father out of revenge for making him the first Reaper. In a final battle, he is stabbed in the heart and chooses to drive the blade in further to end his suffering. Tellingly, he does so with a smile.
  • Alien Blood: In the second film; caused by Executive Meddling from the censors. For some reason they needed to have some of the characters bleed green to get an R rating, even if there's gallons upon gallons of red-coloured gore anyway.
  • Amoral Attorney: Once Blade sees that one of the vampire committee stands out:
    You're human?
    Barely; I'm a lawyer.
  • Anti-Climax: The resolution of the rivalry between Blade and Reinhardt. Somewhat mitigated by the fact that it is very cool... but considering the conflict between them had been building for the entire movie, while Blade had only a single scene previous with Nomak, it still feels like a bit of a letdown.
    • Though it is very much in tune with their previous interactions in the movie; Reinhardt smugly antagonizes Blade and Blade effortlessly retaliates and humiliates Reinhardt in return. Really, if Reinhardt (who got owned by Whistler a couple scenes back) put up anything of a real fight, it would have clashed with the rest of the movie.
    • The problem was probably that Reinhardt was played by Ron Perlman. In the first film, Quinn was a similar loudmouthed pushover who spent his every other appearance being humiliated by Blade. If the actor had been less prominent, then the scene where he pulls the bomb off the back of his neck would've looked a hell of a lot cooler, rather than being a shrug-worthy sequence that led up to a pathetic final confrontation.
  • Anti-Villain: Some of the Blood Pack. Nomak is also a bordering example... while distinctly villainous, his danger to humans is more incidental than intentional, as he focuses on vampires whenever he can.
  • Artistic License Biology:
    • Nomak is a "carrier" for the Reaper condition, but carriers by definition are not affected by their carried disease/gene defect. Nomak clearly has some of the traits of the other Reapers. He has their general appearance, split jaw, heart shield, and drug addict-like appetite for blood. The only difference seems to be that he has retained his intelligence.
    • Also, pheromones don't come from the adrenal glands, nor are they "nut juice" (we can forgive this, as it comes from a non-scientist). And a species that doesn't have a mandible bone shouldn't have any use for bifurcated masseter muscles ... or any lower teeth, which Nomak clearly has in numerous close-ups.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: Novak stands at the top of a staircase that is littered with fallen security guards. Director Guillermo del Toro acknowledges it as an homage to Frazetta in the commentary.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The House of Pain, a sadomasochistic vampire bar.
  • Bald of Evil: Damaskinos, Reinhardt, Nomak, and the Reapers. Damaskinos originally had hair during filming, but it was soon removed because it made him look like Michael Bolton according to Guillermo del Toro.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Blade does this in the second film. Even bringing the blade toward his face afterwards whilst his opponent struggles to push it through his hands.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Nyssa dissolves gently into sparkles, instead of violently charring away to a skeleton and then dust while screaming like every other vampire exposed to sunlight does.
  • Big Bad: Nomak
  • Black Helicopter: Blade is carried to a meeting with a vampire lord in Blade II by a black helicopter.
  • Blood Bath: Vampire Lord Damaskinos wades into a small but literal pool of blood. Later on, Blade is rejuvenated when he takes a nosedive into one such pool.
  • Body Horror: The transformation into a reaper is very painful (provided the victim has been bitten for long enough to properly drain them, as happens to Priest), a victim's hair falls out, their skin goes deathly pale, their jawbone dissolves, their chin separates into two pieces and sprouts fangs, and their tongue turns into a sucker. That's just what we see on the outside.
  • Brick Joke: The fate of Rush in the second movie. This also happens midway through in a blink and you'll miss it encounter in the House of Pain.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Nyssa calls her father out for using her and her pack as bait, and for creating the Reapers. Then Damaskinos strangles her to be quiet.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: When Reapers are "ashed", they explode in a flash of blue light, as opposed to a regular vampire's red-orange.
  • Conspicuous CG: Blade and Nyssa's initial fight, as pointed out by Guillermo del Toro on his DVD commentary.
  • Cool Shades: Blade slips on his signature sunglasses (thrown to him by Whistler, no less) right after he takes out Reinhardt.
  • Cradling Your Kill: Blade carries Nyssa (who was infected with the Reaper virus) outside at sunrise to honor her last wish to see the sunlight, and die as a vampire.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Blade II is all about the Vampire Government recruiting Blade to help them fix their own mess. Nomak and the entire Reaper sub-species was the result of the Vampire Leadership trying to genetically erase the typical vampire weaknesses. The Reapers are immune to garlic and silver and their hearts are surrounded by solid bone ("Try and get a stake through THAT!") but are still just as vulnerable to sunlight/UV rays. What they didn't expect was the Reapers could turn humans and regular vampires into Reapers through mere sharing of sweat, let alone blood and vampire bites.
  • Drop the Hammer: Bloodpack member Lighthammer carries a huge two-handed maul with a retractable spike as his primary weapon, using his firearm as a backup.
  • Dual Wielding: Nyssa and Assad both wield a pair of swords when they infiltrate Blade's hideout. Blade responds by wielding his sword in one hand and his sword's scabbard as a parrying weapon in his offhand. Earlier in the film a pair of the mooks guarding Whistler dual wield fighting sticks or batons of some sort and Blade retaliates by dual wielding a pair of silver stakes as if they were daggers. Reinhardt also dual wields his gunblades as knives in the sewer battle.
  • Dying as Yourself: A variation. Nyssa has been bitten by Nomak, and will become a Reaper. Blade gently carries her out into the sun, so she can die as a vampire.
  • Enemy Mine: Blade teaming with the Bloodpack.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: See the entry under Amoral Attorney above.
  • Food Chain of Evil: A Reaper is the page image, as they have knocked vampires off the top and whilst they do attack the occasional human, vampires are currently their main source of food. The situation is lampshaded by Whistler.
    Whistler: "They're just shitting bricks cause they're no longer top of the food chain."
  • Free-Fall Fight: Blade and Nomak fall off a gantry mid-fight and fall all the way to the floor, each still grappling and punching all the way down.
  • Groin Attack: Blade kills one vampire by staking it in the crotch in the opening scene.
  • Guns Akimbo: Blade, Nyssa, Reinhardt, at one point even Scud shows up wielding a gun in each hand.
  • Guns Are Worthless: against the Reapers, yet they use guns instead of just flashlights that can harm them, and even then they're small... and attached to guns.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: How Reinhardt meets his end.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Lighthammer and his lover Verlaine, two vampire members of the Bloodpack.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: In a sense. Nyssa traps both her and her father to face Nomak. As Damaskinos lays dying, she takes off her family ring and drops it near his face.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: As Nyssa approaches Blade before their duel, she whirls her blades around to display her swordsmanship. The scene can be viewed here.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: Blade knew that Scud was a traitor the whole time, but kept him around for this reason.
  • Kryptonite-Proof Suit: The Bloodpack's Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja outfits from the opening fight scene.
  • Laser Sight: Blade has a little competition with one of the Blood Pack; he draws his pistol and aims at Blade's heart, thinking how easy it would be to shoot him. Turns out Blade has already done the same to him. We're let in on exactly what they're thinking by their laser sights.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Used to show Blade loading up during the opening credits of the second film. A second occurs before Blade and the Blood Pack begin the hunt in the sewers, during this one Whistler and the Blood Pack are shown loading guns, prepping weapons, and donning armor.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Damaskinos and the Reapers.
  • Mercy Kill: One of the Blood Pack is bitten by a Reaper, and is quickly mutating into one of them. The others demand he be put out of his misery, so he's shot twice in the chest. However, he's mutated far enough that the silver bullets won't do the trick. Then a guy cuts half his head off, which also fails. Blade finally shoots a hole in the ceiling so sunlight will do the job.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Reinhardt carries a pair of Beretta pistols that have huge blades extending from the grips to the end of the barrel, allowing them to be used as guns or knives. According to the weapon's designer TyRuben Ellingson the weapon was originally designed for Blade but was given to Reinhardt during production.
  • The Mole: The second movie: Scud, though Blade already knew about him.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The Reapers don't necessarily have more teeth than a human being, but their odd placement sure makes it look that way.
  • Mugging the Monster: In the opening three vampires try to forcibly extract blood from Jared Nomak. They realized the consequences too late.
  • Non-Action Guy: Scud, in contrast to the Badass Normal Whistler.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: The film gives the same moment to a villain after long, eventful battle with Blade: "It hurts. It hurts no more." — as he actually slides the knife deeper into his heart himself.
  • Oh, Crap: The Mole is playing with a bomb he thinks is a dud... only it's not a dud, and Blade reveals he was on to him from the start, and presses a second button on the detonator...
  • The Older Immortal: Eli Damaskinos is a vampire lord who seems to have been around since the dawn of their race.
  • Outrunning the Fireball: Blade and Nyssa outrun the "fireball" created by a big box of "light grenades." Quite aside from the question of how these light grenades caused an explosion in the first place (or indeed, how the "blast front" flows round a curve of a tunnel in spite of the fact that light beams travel in straight lines) one wonders how fast Wesley Snipes must have been running, considering that light travels at the speed of - well - light...
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Reinhardt has a neo-Nazi look about him and asks Blade if he can blush. This was based on a real incident experienced by Snipes.
  • Power Walk: Blade and the Bloodpack walking into the House of Pain, with Massive Attack blaring on the soundtrack.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Bloodpack are an elite group of vampire warriors formed to hunt down Blade. Ironically, they're only introduced to team up with Blade against the Big Bad. Ultimately some of them remain villains throughout the shaky alliance.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: The vampire Chupa is shown watching The Powerpuff Girls. Whistler nicknames him "Buttercup".
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Nyssa Damaskinos is the daughter of Overlord Eli Damaskinos, one of the rulers of the vampire nation. Despite this, she is a member of the Blood Pack, an elite team of vampire warriors trained to hunt Blade. She actually gives him a pretty good run during their first encounter. It is also made clear that her father does not put a lot of stock in family.
  • Samus is a Girl: This seemed to be the idea behind Nyssa's first scene. It didn't quite work. In fact, it would probably count as a genuinely surprising subversion of this trope if an armored antagonist were to wordlessly, facelessly appear, go toe-to-toe with the male protagonist using acrobatic moves, and then be revealed to not be female.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Blade drawing his stake and slapping Reinhardt, then taunting him before doing it again, is a homage to a scene in the Western comedy Trinity Is Still My Name; here's the original scene.
    • Throughout the first half of the movie, Scud is wearing a T-shirt with the B.P.R.D. logo from the Hellboy series. The catch is that Blade 2 came out two years before the first Hellboy movie came out. Apparently, Guillermo del Toro was thinking ahead to greener pastures and better movies.
  • Slow Light: The flashlights and Hollywood Darkness show how the light from a flash-grenade is somehow slower.
  • Smug Snake: Reinhardt and Scud, neither of whom are anywhere near as clever or awesome as they seem to think.
  • Suicide By Sunlight:
    • When being pursued by the Reaper-ized Lighthammer, Verlaine chooses this over the prospect of being infected herself.
    • After she's infected by the Reaper virus, Nyssa Damaskinos asks Blade to carry her out in the open just before dawn so she can see the sunlight and die while she's still a vampire. When the sun comes up she disintegrates in his arms.
  • Sword Sparks
  • Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: Played with. One of the Blood Pack has a small explosive in the back of his skull, courtesy of Blade. It is revealed that Whistler's replacement, Scud, is The Mole and the supposed explosive he provided is a dud. Scud pulls out the explosive for some quality gloating time. Blade promptly reveals that he knew Scud was a traitor, "and no, it's not a dud." He hits the detonator and Scud is killed in the explosion.
  • Token Evil Teammate: It's more a matter of "token good teammate". The film is an Enemy Mine scenario in which we already know that every one of Blade's collaborators except Whistler and Scud is evil and it's question of when rather than if they'll betray him. As it turns out, Scud was also planning to betray him from the start.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Subverted. The Evil Overlord's Affably Evil daughter mocks the eponymous protagonist for agreeing to a meeting with his enemies too easily, but quickly shuts her trap when its revealed he was prepared to kill them all with a LOT of carry-on explosives at the first sign of treachery. Later in the movie, when The Mole reveals himself and gloats at the heroes' gullibility, Blade corrects him by stating that he knew of his duplicity from the beginning, a fact he illustrates in explosive fashion.
  • Vagina Dentata: The Vampire Hunters have faces like the Predator which give their victims a Face Full Of Vampire Wing-Wong.
  • We Can Rule Together: Damaskinos tries this with Nomak. Unfortunately for him, he fails to sell it well enough.
  • Where's the Kaboom?: Happens with the bomb/leash that Blade put on the head of his vampire ally.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Blade busts out a vertical suplex. Later, Nomak hits Blade with the Savage Elbow Drop.
  • You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With:
    Blade: You obviously... do not... know who you are fucking with!
  • You Will Be Spared: As listed in Brick Joke, Rush is let go as Blade says that he'll see him later. In the very last scene he does it, with hilarious results.
  • Zombie Infectee: Lighthammer hides his bite until he starts to turn.

Alternative Title(s):

Blade 2