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''John Carpenter's Vampires'' is a 1998 film by Creator/JohnCarpenter loosely based on the novel ''Literature/{{Vampires}}''. It is about a group of vampire hunters out to prevent the original master vampire from getting the [[MacGuffin Cross of Berziers]] which will allow him to walk in the sunlight.

It has two direct-to-DVD sequels,

* ''Vampires: Los Muertos'' (2002) starring [[Music/BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi]] as an out of his league vampire hunter. He's tasked with assembling a crack-team to go on the hunt of a deadly "Master" in the heart of rural Mexico, the only problem is everybody he's meant to recruit is killed before he can get to them.

* ''Vampires: The Turning'' (2005) while visiting Thailand Connor's girlfriend get's kidnapped by a gang of [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot motorbike-riding vampires]]. Spurned by the local police Connor get's caught up in a three-way war between the villain vampires (jai tham), the good non-human feeding vampires (song neng) and the human vampire hunters.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpClaws: The BigBad vampire cuts a human cleanly in two with just his claws.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:Montoya is bitten by the vampirized hooker and turns into a vampire himself.]]
* AntiHero: Jack Crow. He's a VampireHunter, but he's not above beating down priests if it helps him achieve his goals.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Other than sunlight, the only way to kill a vampire for good is to drive a stake through its heart.
* AxCrazy: Valek thoroughly enjoys killing humans and feasting on their blood.
* BigBad: Valek, the original vampire.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Valek is prevented from getting the cross and killed. But Montoya is bitten and on the verge of turning despite having helped in the final battle. Jack however gives him as well as Katrina, a mercy two day lead before he comes after him out of respect for their friendship (as well as a code that they have among vampire hunters) before giving him a tearful goodbye hug. Adam becomes Jack's new partner as they go hunting Valek's remaining minions.]]
* BreakingAndBloodsucking: Katrina enters a motel room unaware that Valek is waiting for her on the ceiling. She's terrified when he descends on her, but afterward she's shaking in ecstasy as he feeds between her legs.
* BulletproofHumanShield: During Valek's massacre at the motel, he grabs one of the hookers to have her soak up some bullets. Subverted in that he's not even doing this for protection but purely out of sadism, as he's actually immune to gunfire.
* ButtMonkey: Father Adam Guiteau receives frequent beatings and verbal abuse from Jack, and is used as bait for a Master because [[ItMakesSenseInContext he never learned to drive]]. He grows out of it eventually, though.
* CanisLatinicus: While mocking the myths of vampire hunting, Jack says that if you try and ward a vampire off with garlic, he will take a walk up your "strata chocolata" whilst sucking your blood. This is dog Latin for "[[AssShove Hershey highway]]".
* CeilingCling: Master vampire Valek does this before attacking Katrina.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Granted, it's hard to imagine another branch of Christianity with the money, connections, or influence to secretly fund and equip teams of vampire hunters around the world.
* ChurchMilitant: The vampire hunting teams were sponsored by the Catholic Church.
* CleanCut: Valek slices somebody in half vertically using his hand.
* CompleteImmortality: Valek wants to use the Cross of Berzier to become immune to sunlight, effectively achieving this. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt And that wouldn't be good]].
* CreateYourOwnVillain: The Catholic Church is to blame for Valek's vampirism, and by extension, for the existence of vampires as a whole. See GoneHorriblyWrong below.
* CreatureHunterOrganization: The vampire hunters are all funded by the Catholic Church, so they can collectively be called a single organization.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Just bursting into flames isn't enough of a sendoff for Valek; he flat out ''explodes.''
* {{Determinator}}: Valek. Not only is he able to catch up with Jack and Montoya after they escape the motel massacre, but [[spoiler:he stays to try and get the Cross of Berzier back from Jack after when the sun has risen and all his goons and even the Masters have fled to the prison.]]
* DisposableSexWorker: Played straight with the prostitutes at the motel whom Valek slaughters. Subverted with the one Valek actually feeds on; he doesn't finish her off and she becomes the heroes' main connection to tracking him down. She could also have been [[spoiler: TheMole, due to Valek's influence over her.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Valek and the rest of vampires.
* EvilOverlooker: On the posters Valek is shown as a face in the clouds overlooking the heroes.
* FantasticCatholicism: The Catholic Church funds and controls paramilitary squads of vampire hunters all over the world.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The first vampire Valek was a priest in medieval Prague who led a peasant revolt. When he was captured, the church thought he was possessed and performed an exorcism for him. Because he wasn't possessed however, instead of driving out a demon from him, the exorcism PUT ONE in him, turning him in the first vampire.
* {{Gorn}}: Special mention given to the fountain filled with monks' blood.
* GratuitousSpanish: Jack usually refers to the team priest as "Padre".
* HealItWithFire: Montoya does this pretty much every time he's wounded, once with a lighter, and once by firing his sub-machine gun into the air then holding the hot barrel to the wound.
* HellBentForLeather: Jack Crow is never seen without his leather jacket.
* HolyBurnsEvil: Averted. Jack makes a point of telling Father Adam that crosses do nothing against vampires.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Katrina, [[spoiler:at least before she turns into a vampire. And even then, she still appears to be genuinely in love with Montoya]].
* ImmortalitySeeker: An interesting variation with vampire lord Valek, who is ''already'' immortal and has walked the earth for centuries. However, he can still be destroyed by sunlight. Acquiring the Berzier Cross (and completing the original ritual) will make him truly invulnerable and achieve something close to CompleteImmortality. [[spoiler:Also, Cardinal Alba's reason for allying with Valek.]]
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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Jack Crow does this to Father Adam in order to know what Valek and his minions are searching.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jack Crow is very aggressive and violent to the second priest of his team. Justified in that he recently witnessed most of his original team being slaughtered by Valek and that second priest was withholding information. He later becomes a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* KissOfTheVampire: The prostitute bitten by the Master vampire certainly seems to be enjoying herself when Valek is between her legs.
%%* LargeHam: Valek.
* MacGuffin: The holy relic the vampire lord Valek is searching in order to become immune to sunlight.
* MercyLead: [[spoiler: At the end of the film, Jack gives his friend Montoya a two day head start after learning he was bitten earlier in the film and is slowly turning.]]
* MonsterProgenitor: Valek is the first vampire, accidentally created during a botched exorcism. He is the strongest, as the only thing that can hurt him is sunlight. He lacks every other vampire weakness. His goal in the movie is to complete the exorcism in order to become truly immortal. This would also allow him to make other vampires without weaknesses.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Averted. Valek's death does not kill or cure any remaining vampires.
* NoSell: Valek is immune to everything that would normally kill a vampire except sunlight.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vampires are feral monsters that bleed black blood and can take a stake to the skull with no ill effect. Vampires while feral seem to be sentient though, especially Valek.
* APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy: The vampire hunters throw one after killing a group of vampires. Then Valek pays an unexpected visit and starts a massacre.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Jack Crow is sexist, though the only woman we see him interact with in the movie is a hooker, so that may have something to do with it. He may also be homophobic, considering that he drops a gay slur in his YourVampiresSuck speech.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The vampire hunters are professional mercenaries hired by the Vatican (as in the original Swiss Guard).
* RatedMForManly: Gore and scantily clad women are common in this movie.
* RazorSharpHand: Valek at one point uses his bare hand to first jam it into a human's chest, then swings the arm in an upward motion to completely rip the poor victim in half.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:As the sun rises, most of the vampires flee back to the prison. The ending implies that Jack and Guiteau are about to finish them off.]]
* SirSwearsALot: Jack Crow. Half of his dialogue consists on [[ClusterFBomb "fuck" or some variation of the word]].
* SpitefulSpit: Jack Crow does this to [[spoiler:Cardinal Alba after he reveals himself as an ally to Valek.]]
* StakingTheLovedOne: Crow killed his own father after he turned into a vampire.
* TranshumanTreachery:
** [[spoiler:Cardinal Alba has secretly joined with Valek in order to become immortal.]]
** [[spoiler: Likewise the hooker who Valek bit. Through the film she's slowly turning, losing more and more of her humanity. Eventually during the botch raid, she fully turns and feeds on Montoya. Before walking back to the town to join Valek's group]]
* UnflinchingWalk: Jack Crow does one when he blows up a building to bury the evidence of a vampire massacre.
* VampireBitesSuck: Vampires don't suck blood so much as tear a hole in your carotid and lap at the fountain.
* VampireHunter: Jack Crow leads a group of vampire hunters who are [[FantasticCatholicism on the payroll of the catholic church]]. They're pretty effective at it until they receive a visit from the [[MonsterProgenitor Master Vampire]] Jan Valek, who is far stronger than anything they have ever dealt with, so quickly wipes out everyone but Crow and his best friend.
* WeaponOfChoice: Jack Crow has his trusty crossbow.
* WhoYouGonnaCall: Whenever the Church recieves reports of of vampiric activity, they dispatch VampireHunter squads such as the one led by Jack Crow.
* YourVampiresSuck: The movie makes fun of anything but stakes and sunlight working against the undead.
* ZombieInfectee: Montoya hides his own vampire bite. His subterfuge does not really matter, as he gets bitten again later in a less discreet place.

!!''Vampires: Los Muertos'' provides examples of:

* ChillOfUndeath: Shows the vampire's body as being blue through a heat sensing goggles-type thing.
* BookEnds: In the earlier portions of the movie, Derek Bliss rants how his superiors task him to go after the vampiress when he was supposed to go surfing in San Diego. In the end, [[spoiler: after the villainess has been killed, Derek and Zoe travel to San Diego.]]
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: How Una is killed.]]
* CoolGuns: Derek Bliss' custom spike gun.
* DaywalkingVampire: [[spoiler: Zoe thanks to her pills. Una, briefly, after she steals Zoe's pills.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: see [[BookEnds Book Ends]] above
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: The vampiress Una. Apparently all the masters vampires are this.
* GenreBlindness: Despite being a vampire hunter, Ray isn't suspicious at all when a mysterious woman comes on to him during his guard shift at night.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Several points throughout the film.
** Una slashes all the throats of the customers and the employees in the diner, save for Bliss who was in the bathroom at that time. When Derek comes out of the bathroom, he is greeted by sight of the victims still clutching their bleeding wounds. One of the waitresses manages to ring the police alarm before collapsing due to blood loss.
** Derek Bliss finds a person who committed suicide by way of blowing his head off with a shotgun. The congealed blood is splattered on the nearby wall.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: [[spoiler: Zoe is actually a vampiress.]]
* ICallItVera: Ray calls his shotgun "Miss P".
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: The climax of the film occurs on the titular Day of the Dead (Di­a de los Muertos).
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Derek's primary weapon is a katana which he keeps hidden in a surfboard.
* KidSidekick: Sancho who is almost 16.
* LesbianVampire: Brief hint of it where the two female leads (both technically vampires) have an exotic moment leading to an almost kiss.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Ray becomes one after Una seduces him to Zoe's pills, causing Una to be immune to the sunlight's effects.]]
* MostDefinitelyNotAccompanyingUs: Sancho is given 20 bucks and told to go home. Later he is found hiding in a tree outside of a massacred monastery. He's followed the main-character on his dirt bike and has a letter of recommendation from his mother.
* NonActorVehicle: [[Music/BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi]] is the leading man of the film
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Vampire-turned Ray apologizes to Bliss for "fucking up" (i.e. stealing Zoe's pills and giving it to Una). While Bliss accepts his apology, he stabs a stake through his heart to end Ray's misery.]]
* TheRenfield: [[spoiler: Darius becomes a thrall to the vampire, making him steal Zoe's pills.]]
* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: An alternative way to kill vampires besides the tradition stake-to-the-heart method. See BoomHeadshot above.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: [[spoiler: After the battle with Una the vampire princess, Derek and Zoe ride off towards the sunset on their way to San Diego.]]
%%* SexyPriest: Father Rodrigo.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Ray Collins is armed with a shotgun with custom-made 12 gauge slugs meant to instantly kill vampires. After [[spoiler: Ray's death]], Derek takes the weapon and uses it to [[spoiler: blow Una's head off]].
* ShoutOut: Derek Bliss' surfboard armory of anti-vampire weaponry is a direct nod to Film/{{Desperado}}.
* SouthOfTheBorder: Takes place in Mexico.
* SuperSpeed: Una is able to kill a whole diner full of people by the time it takes for a paper towel thrown by Bliss to land in a bin.
* TheUndead: Well, it's a vampire movie after all.

!!''Vampires: The Turning'' provides examples of:
* TheAtoner: Sang, for unintentionally siring the ''jai tham'' vampires.
* BettyAndVeronica: Amanda and Sang respectively for Connor. The former is his actual girlfriend who was captured by the BigBad and the other is a sexy female vampire whom he falls in love with over the course of the movie.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: All the vampires and our lead hero know Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) which relies on the use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins to attack and block.
* HolidayInCambodia: The movie takes place entirely on Thailand and follows a Muay Thay fighter and his girlfriend vacationing there.
* InNameOnly: This third entry in the series has no relation whatsoever with previous movies.
* IWillFindYou: The driving force of the film is Connor's relentless search to find his missing girlfriend despite everybody telling him to forget it and go home.
* MartialArtsMovie: The
* MightyWhitey: Downplayed for most of the film where Connor is a hapless tourist (while good fighting skills) that needs saving but come the end of the film [[spoiler: chooses to become turned, fights better than all the other vampires, defeats the BigBad and saves the day after literally all the other song neng die.]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The local vampire hunters are driven mostly by monetary gain rather than personal reasons or any sense of justice like previous slayers. [[spoiler:At the end, they double cross the heroes and attempt to prevent them from ending the curse so they wouldn't be out of the vampire business]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: There are two types of them in the movie - the good ''phi song neng'' vs the evil ''jai tham''. They don't appear to be related to Valek and other vampires in any way.
* PoliceAreUseless: The Thailand police treat the fact that Connor's girlfriend has been kidnapped like it's a lover's quarrel and tell him to go away, wait for two days, and then file a report. Up to the viewer to decide if they know about the rampant vampire population in town or they're just incompetent.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Connor must slay the vampire lord before his girlfriend is turned.
* WarriorMonk: The Song Neng who live in a monastery. The main one looks a lot like a traditional Shaolin monk.