Blade II – Vampire Reviews

So is it true the second Blade movie is actually better than the first?

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  1. I think what the movies were trying to get two by showing everyday vamps being all rowdy and debouched is that once you remove death and ageing as a consequences to the human experience. people will seek out more and more perverse pleasures and pains to fill the void of their existence. as their humanity flits away as the time passes them by. until they cant see the different between pain and pleaser any more until their just fill their life’s with endless sensation to keep the emptyniss of their lives at bay.

    kind of like the dark elder from war hammer 40k or the senobites from hell razor

    • “Can’t see the difference between pain and pleasure anymore.” – Totally not like that guy with all the nails sticking out of his face. “We have such sights to show you!”

      “as their humanity flits away” – And I think that’s part of the problem with a lot of vampire fiction these days. We’re supposed to get the idea that they’re inhuman, but they are really too human when you get right down to it. That’s why modern vampires are largely so identifiable: we’re supposed to see ourselves in them. But in the old days, what terrified us about them was the loss of humanity and the fear that the same thing could happen to us. These days, the only real downside to being a vampire is that you can’t go to the beach anymore.

      I have often thought that the best way to tell a vampire story these days – in the post-Anne Rice, post-Twilight days – is to make the vampire story about something other than vampires. Zombies, maybe, but whereas the vampire is intelligent and calculating, zombies are mindless.

      • On your last point, there are too many zombies in movies, games and TV these days that I’m sick at the sight of them.

        Vampires can be scary again, but thanks to living in a post-Twilight time, nobody has the imagination to do so.

        • As I pointed out, zombies wouldn’t really work anyway, as they’re too mindless to make the kind of compelling villain that an intelligent, scheming predator would be.

          The Thing might work; it takes human form, it infects blood, it’s intelligent and calculating, and its intention is to take over the world if it can.

          • I mean the shapeshifting monster found in the Antarctic, not the big orange rocky guy who screams, “IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME!”

          • People, the problem is that we still talk here about cliches not what real folklore say about them, and blame is not only regard Twilight because romantic vampire existed from time of Carmen, and only influence of Twilight is that it is popular despite its shitty nature, so it become exemplary scapegoat of everything wrong in genre.

            Hell, we can’t even blame Hollywood even if they literally made up half of vampire cliches, but even Bram Stoker made up many parts of the lore as he was Irish and this folklore come from western Europe.

            First of all difference between Zombie and Vampire is semantic. Term “Zombie” originally was used to describe undead slave from South America, but over time it evolve to more scientific form usually created by wirus, and John Romero use them as symbol of blind consumerism (but even if his works they could talk quite fluidity). But in first Hollywood movie where term was used titled White Zombie, enemy was fully sane undead voodoo mage.

            In Western European folklore vampires were almost this same. A dead body possessed by evil power, what start to be animated again and hungry for blood (a source of energy, and they didn’t suck it.. usually they torn people on pieces). But in this same time when possessed body (sometimes called ghule at that state by fantasy writers for differentiation reasons) belong to someone evil it was possible to such vampire regain consciousness, and he could be way more dangerous.

            Here we have those classic noble vampires who keep own domain and use own authority and sometimes human servants in order to feed on peasantry or warlocks who can use magic of illusions (whole mirror gimmick in reality work that way that illusions don’t show on mirror, not that they are literally invisible) if not both in this same time, what was relatively rare though.

            As for countermeasures generally everything associated with holly did work, as vampires were unholy. That include some plants, metal like silver or iron (contrary to what Hollywood say it did work), fire and sunlight (what contrary to what Hollywood say only weaken vampire instead burning on crisp), and devotional articles if someone believe in they power. But generally Hollywood fetishize its use as dismemberment do work as well.. just generally it was advised to turn off vampire regeneration and magic with use of those gimmicks.

            Speaking about subject Warewolfs were also same curse, but persona was alive and could resist increasing insanity and thirst of blood. So in fact those tragic stories are abut them, not vampires. Also warewolfs despite then name didn’t turn in wolves but simply a monsters what resemble huge humanoid predator, but if someone want give them bat wings or other animal trait, then all that was totally possible. Generally those same remedies like in case of vampires do work, with annotation that werewolf don’t relay on magic itself that much, so you also need physically stop him. That is why swords and silver bullets are advised instead holly water. I remind that most bullets are made from lead what doesn’t work.

            It should be pointed out that in myths that was more a one way transformation, and shape shifting wolves are separate entities called Lycan (though they existence is up to debate, only they both myths come from separate sources). Also myths regard what fantasy writers call them Litch are this same as vampire warlocks. Just they usually turn all stolen life force in magic instead attempts to regenerate and animate body.

    • Dude. Blade is comic book adaptation (Marvel). It never meant to have depth, and it use those same cliche as any other similar works. Only difference is that protagonist himself is half-vampire, and by the way that explain his humanity, because other vampires aren’t more then just human looking monsters. So I’m not sure where you get those stuff from Hellraiser here?

  2. I wounder why she didn’t mention that del Toro in fact did make more vampire stories, specifically quite decent The Strain novel what was later adopted in quite decent TV series.

    • Only decent for the first 4 episodes of season 1 – it got pretty stupid after that (the main characters running across each other and deciding to “team up”, de-powering and humanizing the Master etc.).

    • She’s reviewed some of Del Toro’s other works; she probably figured that, if we’ve watched the show, we would have already gotten that info from previous episodes.

  3. Need to see it

    • Just needed to make sure to comments section saves my comments because now these days for some reason I need to login on this website everytime stinking time, because my username and password does not save for very long here which I can’t understand.

  4. “for some reason I need to login on this website everytime stinking time”

    So what you’re saying here is, it’s not just me!

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