is the third and last film in the Blade Trilogy
. It was released in 2004.
To defeat Blade and finally make their kind invulnerable, the vampires have awakened the original vampire progenitor Drake
to help them. Meanwhile, Blade is joined by a duo of human vampire hunters called the Nightstalkers.
This film provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Abigail.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The third film features nearly subliminal use of Esperanto to make the setting seem a little off and vaguely foreign. This is most noticeable when Hannibal watches the Esperanto language horror film Incubus in his hospital bed, starring William Shatner pre-Star Trek.
- Awesome but Impractical: Nearly everything about Abigail Whistler, but her situational-awareness-killing personal soundtrack is at the top of the list. The UV Laser comes close second, because slicing through things like butter may sound good, but when a UV lamp hurts them and not you, and a normal sword is sufficient to dust them... why risk lightsabering yourself? They never use it more than once, anyway.
- Big Bad: Drake (Dracula)
- Bond One-Liner: "My friends are coming to kill you."
- Convection Schmonvection: Although it might be hyperbole, Abigail holds a UV laser that is "half as hot as the Sun" in front of her face. To say nothing of the power requirements for that...
- Cool Boat: Nightstalkers' base of operations
- Country Matters: From Hannibal King to Danica Talos in one of the most memorable insults in the franchise.
King: See, that tickle that you're feeling in the back of your throat right now? That's atomized colloidal silver. It's being pumped through the building's air conditioning system, you cock-juggling thundercunt!
- Dirty Coward: In their first confrontation, Drake grabs a baby to keep Blade from attacking him, then tosses it as a distraction to escape. This while making a speech about how they, unlike everyone else, know about honour and dying by the sword. Possibly justified in that Drake was unarmed while Blade was not; Drake does fight Blade on fair terms later on, which would suggest he was waiting for an even match or simply wanted to talk first.
- Epic Flail: In the opening scene Blade carries a knife that with the push of a button, can launch its blade a short distance (like a ballistic knife). However, the blade is attached to a wire or chain of some sort, allowing it to function as a bladed flail after being launched. After the battle, Blade tells Whistler "This worked real good" (and then never uses it again for some reason).
- Esperanto, the Universal Language: Used to make the setting vague.
- Everyone Owns A Mac: EVERYONE uses Mac computers, and even features a scene where Jessica Biel's character uses iTunes to create a music playlist for her iPod that she can listen to while fighting vampires (never mind that having music blaring into your ears would be detrimental to your situational awareness in a battle with undead blood suckers). More than one reviewer has commented that the film is basically a two hour long commercial for Apple products.
- Four Lines, All Waiting: Is it about vigilante Blade versus human law enforcement, the upcoming vampire apocalypse, Blade's attempt to create his own apocalypse via The Virus, or Blade vs. Dracula? Concentrating on any two of these plotlines would have worked, but not four. Wesley Snipes was reportedly very upset that the core character was lost in the plot shuffle.
- Guns Akimbo: Blade, Hannibal, and Abigail all sometimes fight with a gun in each hand.
- Hero Harasses Helpers: Blade doesn't take too kindly to the Nightstalkers.
- Hero Secret Service: The Nightstalkers
- High-Altitude Interrogation: A mook is dangled in an attempt to lead the protagonists to the Big Bad, but he refuses to talk. Then his cell rings. Blade answers, tells the mook it's for him, and lets go of the rope.
- Idiot Ball: Blade is fooled into killing a human disguised as a vampire, despite having the instincts to distinguish between the two! Remember that in the first movie he could smell a vampire from roughly 40 feet away, and can even differentiate vampire and human by the way they move, so there is no way he should have been fooled.
- Industrialized Evil: The vampires' 'final solution'.
- In Name Only: Hannibal King in the third film. In the comics he is a middle aged (in appearance) Vampire 50's style hard boiled private investigator. In the film he is 20 or so year old wise cracking vampire hunter who was cured of vampirism before the film began. Most of the change is probably down to the casting.
- Killer Rabbit: The vampire Pomeranian, "Pac-Man".
- Kryptonite-Proof Suit: Anti-sun excursion suits in the third film.
- Lighter and Softer: This installment is much cornier than the first two.
- Lock and Load Montage: Both Blade and Abigail.
- Monster Progenitor: Drake (Dracula).
- Mugging the Monster: Vampire hoods try to molest Action Girl Jessica Biel and get staked.
- Oh, Crap: When Hannibal sees Dr Vance standing over his own corpse, he fumbles for his gun, shouting "Oh Jesus, it's him! Abbey! It's Drake!"
- Product Placement: All the computers are Apple brand. The fact that Abigail likes to listen to an iPod while fighting vamps is made into a character trait. There's even a little montage of her putting together a playlist. This inspired quite a few groans.
- Sequel Hook: The audience is led to believe that Blade died fighting Drake/Dracula, but just before the credits roll, Drake is still alive, and the audience sees Blade riding away on his motorcycle, set to fight again another day. This actually depends on which cut you're watching.
- Smug Snake: Drake.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Instead of the film focusing on Blade, a group of hunters get the most attention with Blade showing up, every-now-and-again. The film suffered a huge backlash by the fans because of this and Wesley Snipes even sued, claiming they were whitewashing him for his own film franchise. However, given the myriad of rumours that Wesley Snipes allegedly couldn't be bothered to show up on set most of the time, leaving his stunt double having to perform most of the filming in his place; if true, then it's not entirely surprising that Blade ultimately doesn't appear much.
- Suicide by Sunlight
- Tempting Fate: TripleH!Jarko lets off a "you're not so big" line when Clan Talos arrives to abduct a heavily restrained and sedated Blade from the Police Department.
- The Older Immortal: Drake (Dracula)
- Trick Arrow: Abigail Whistler uses, in addition to her normal arrows, a drill arrow, plague arrow, and an arrow that can shoot around corners.
- Uncle Tomfoolery: Inversion. The Bad Ass hero is a black guy and the jokey sidekick is white.
- Vagina Dentata: Danica Talos's fangs are NOT in her mouth... at least according to Hannibal King.
- The Virus: Daystar.
- Worthy Opponent: Drake (Count Dracula) is far more interested in fighting Blade due to his reputation than for any reason related to helping his debased great-great-great grandspawn.
- You Have Failed Me: A Familiar tries to avoid talking to Blade by insisting that he'll be killed for doing so. Blade angrily points out that he has no problem killing the Familiar himself, and will in fact enjoy it more.