Blade (1998) Wesley Snipes plays the Marvel Comics vampire slayer in a rare R-rated comic adaptation. Stephen Dorff plays the young (but still old) vampire who is ready to take over from the ancients and their outdated ways. He smokes a lot of cigarettes, which is kinda funny since he hocks vapes on TV commercials now. Blade, a half vamp himself who can walk in the sun, is after him and his army of undead with the help of Kris Kristopherson, his human father figure and gun expert, and a bitten doctor who specializes in blood abnormalities. Lots of cheeseball action and fun with a cast that also includes Donal Logue, Traci Lords and Udo Kier.
Blade 2 (2002) A new breed of more hideous vampires that feeds on traditional vampires is threatening the vampire population. That forces the vampires to team up with their hated and feared rival, Blade (Wesley Snipes), the daywalking half-vampire vampire slayer. First though, Blade rescues his presumed dead partner, Kris Kristopherson, who had been vampire for the past few years, but fortunately has some sort of cure that doesn’t work on anyone but him. Norman Reedus (Walking Dead) plays Blade’s new weapons guy, and Ron Perlman plays a vamp that insists on making the partnership with Blade a difficult one. Guillermo Del Toro takes the helm in this sequel, and introduces the worm-mouth bloodsuckers that he would bring back years later in the Strain.
Blade: Trinity (2004) Wesley Snipes returns for a third time, and one-time-too-many, as the title vampire hunter. This time, his foes have resurrected the King of Vampires himself, Count Dracula (Dominic Purcell). The bad guys include Parker Posey and the WWE’s HHH. The good guys are Jessica Beil, a wisecracking (i.e. never shuts up) Ryan Reynolds, Natasha Lyonne and Patton Oswalt. James Remar is a cop, and Kris Kristopherson returns as “Whistler” the weapons man. The first two entries had similar over-the-top action and plot, so why was Three significantly worse that than One and Two? I don’t know, perhaps I’d just had enough. David S. Goyer was the director, there’s a name I’ll try to avoid in the future.