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"BLADE II"
(2002) (Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild Mild Extreme *None Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Heavy Moderate Mild Mild Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Horror: A half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter reluctantly joins his prey in finding and killing a new and more dangerous breed of vampires.
PLOT:
Blade (WESLEY SNIPES) is a half-human, half-vampire whose mission in life has been to find and kill all vampires. His mentor, Whistler (KRIS KRISTOFFERSON), the man who invented a serum to allow Blade to be in the daylight - thus his nickname of "Daywalker" - has been missing for years and presumed dead.

Yet, Blade eventually finds, rescues and gives him an antidote to counter the vampirism that now afflicts him. Blade's new technician/inventor partner, Scud (NORMAN REEDUS), isn't thrilled to have the old man back in their fold, but the three soon learn they have bigger fish to fry. It seems that a mutant super-vampire, Nomak (LUKE GOSS), is on the loose and killing other vampires.

Accordingly, vampire overlord Damaskinos (THOMAS KRETSCHMANN) has sent his daughter, Nyssa (LEONOR VARELA) and her co-warrior, Asad (DANNY JOHN JULES), to convince Blade and his team to join the vampires in an unusual alliance to find and kill Nomak before he infects and creates a multitude of other super-vampires, known as Reapers.

Realizing the potential global Armageddon Nomak and the others could wreak on the world, Blade cautiously agrees and then meets the Bloodpack, a group of vampires led by Reinhardt (RON PERLMAN) that were specifically trained to find and kill Blade. Among its members are Chupa (MATT SCHULZE), Priest (TONY CURRAN), Snowman (DONNIE YEN), Lighthammer (DAZ CRAWFORD) and Verlaine (MARIT VELLE KILE), and they're just as unhappy about working with Daywalker as he is to allow them to live.

Nevertheless, the unlikely team then sets out to find Nomak only to discover, among other things, that he and the other reapers are more powerful than originally thought.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they liked the first "Blade" picture, other vampire films or are fans of anyone in the cast, they just might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong pervasive violence, language, some drug use and sexual content.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • WESLEY SNIPES plays a half-human, half-vampire being who's made it his mission to kill all vampires. When he's informed of a race of super-vampires that threaten to kill and/or infect everyone, he cautiously aligns himself with other vampires to find and kill them. In the process, he kills many vampires (regular and super) and uses some strong profanity.
  • KRIS KRISTOFFERSON plays his crusty mentor who assists him and uses some profanity.
  • NORMAN REEDUS plays Blade's new techno guru who also assists him, smokes, and uses strong profanity.
  • LUKE GOSS plays the initial mutant vampire who's infecting or killing many other vampires.
  • RON PERLMAN plays the leader of the Bloodpack who doesn't like Blade or his companions and uses some strong profanity while attempting to kill as many reapers as possible.
  • LEONOR VARELA plays the purebred daughter of the vampire overlord who befriends Blade while working as his partner to kill as many of the reapers as possible.
  • THOMAS KRETSCHMANN plays the vampire overlord who enlists the aid of Blade to find and kill the reapers but also has other motives for doing so.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick look at the content found in this R-rated horror film. Violence is listed as extreme due to a tremendous amount of lethal and bloody violence that occurs throughout the film where various forms of vampires and others are killed in various fashions (gunfire, stabbings, decapitation, explosion, etc.) when not attacking others in a more traditional vampire style. Other brutal but non-lethal fighting is also present. Many of the killings and other material have extremely bloody and/or gory results, and such moments and others may be unsettling, suspenseful or downright scary to some viewers.

    Profanity consists of at least 28 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Some brief, sexually related dialogue is present, while a character visits a sex store/strip club and some paraphernalia and photos are briefly seen. Various characters have bad attitudes, some smoke and a few miscellaneous ones do drugs. Some imitative behavior is also present.

    Should you still be concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with the repetitive flashing of bright lights on the screen, some strobe-like effects are present in a vampire hangout/club.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • A vampire snorts what looks like cocaine, while a bottle of liquor is near him and others.
  • Blade equates Whistler's vampire state being like a heroin addict going through withdrawal.
  • A miscellaneous woman snorts some drugs after buying them from a dealer.
  • Various vampires drink in a club.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Nomak has a large scar running down his chin to his neck and his face becomes all discolored and gross looking when he "de-cloaks."
  • We see some blood in vials.
  • Nomak bites into a woman's neck and blood squirts out onto the wall and he has blood all over his mouth. A guard then shoots him in the back and blood comes from the holes.
  • We see a flashback that shows a bloody baby after childbirth.
  • As Blade and others shoot vampires with special bullets through the movie, we see them burn up and/or dissolve, occasionally leaving brief skeletal remains.
  • Blade decapitates a vampire with something akin to piano wire (we see the initial bloody cut and severing before the man dissolves), while another injured vampire's head is bloody.
  • We see a flashback to Whistler have a very bloody face and hand.
  • Scud has some blood from his mouth after being hit.
  • Damaskinos has all sorts of ugly veins in his face/head.
  • Nomak smashes a drug dealer through a car, pulls a bloody shard of glass from him and licks it.
  • We see a tiny bit of blood around a small, explosive device that Blade has jammed into the back of Reinhardt's head.
  • Blade and the others go to a vampire hangout called the House of Pain where we see various grotesque displays, such as a person's back that's been completely cut open, exposing their spine and other organs, and another person whose arm has been similarly cut open (both are still alive).
  • Scud shoots one of the creatures in the head (we see the bullet hole).
  • One hunter stabs a reaper with a sword and impales him against a wall, but the creature simply rips his body up through the sword and escapes (creating a huge, bloody wound on its body as it's split apart).
  • A reaper licks a bloody vampire's head, and then the reaper's mouth and chin spread completely apart at the chin and he then bites into the victim's head.
  • Another reaper claws a man's back (with bloody results) and then its mouth and chin spread apart and he then bites into the vampire's neck (with bloody results).
  • We see the inside of one of the reaper's mouths and its very bloody.
  • We see stuff bubbling and moving under Nomak's skin.
  • Blade has some blood on the side of his head after being hit there.
  • A reaper is partially burned from being exposed to sunlight.
  • We see an injured vampire who's starting to transform into a reaper. As a result, another vampire cuts off part of the top of his head to kill him and put him out of his misery. Blade then shoots a hole in the ceiling, allowing sunlight to burn up most of the man, except for part of his face and eyeball that are left behind.
  • Damaskinos eats some sort of very bloody meal from a plate.
  • Nyssa does an autopsy on a dead reaper (that has bloody cuts on it) and has Scud open its mouth (that splits wide apart at the chin and we see the gooey and meaty insides). She then cuts open its chest and we see the gooey, slimy and bloody guts and chest cavity of the creature. She then cuts her own finger and lets blood drip into the open chest cavity and the body reacts.
  • We see various human remains (skulls and other piles of bones) down in some tunnels.
  • We see blood all over a reaper's face after it comes back together as we see him feeding on another being.
  • Many reapers attack a vampire in a body of water (where we see lots of blood).
  • A UV light grenade kills more reapers and leaves several burning and charred bodies.
  • Whistler has blood on his face as does Nyssa. Blade then cuts his own wrist to allow Nyssa to feed on him (but we don't see the blood).
  • Reinhardt's face is torn up and bloody.
  • Blade is shot in the leg and some blood squirts out.
  • Some sort of metal rods erupt through parts of Blade's body (with some bloody results) as he lies on a table.
  • A person is shot dead and blood squirts out.
  • We see blood on the floor beneath various bodies and on the walls after Nomak has fed on various guards.
  • Reinhardt shoots at Blade and Whistler and then hits Blade, causing him fall into what looks like a big vat of blood. Blade then gets up, covered in what looks like blood.
  • A character slices another completely in half and there's a little bit of blood before the latter dissolves.
  • A vampire bites into another vampire's neck and blood squirts out and runs out of his mouth. We then see a pool of blood spreading across the floor.
  • Blade and a vampire get into a brutal battle that includes Blade running a sword through the character (that then pulls it back out with blood squirting and coming out).
  • A character is bloody after being attacked.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • The vampires and reapers have both for killing and/or infecting people, while some vampires and others set-up Blade to take a fall and don't care who's killed in the process.
  • Reinhardt jokes that he and others were wondering if Blade, who's black, can blush.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" and "Blood/Gore" may also be unsettling, suspenseful or scary to viewers.
  • A man is taken down into an underground blood bank where it appears he's going to be the victim of a surprise vampire attack, but he turns the tables and kills the various vampires.
  • Blade and others slowly make their way through a vampire hangout/club where they see all sorts of grotesque displays while searching for the reapers. They then get into various violent confrontations with the vampires, while Scud, who's outside in his truck at night, hears things on the roof and then has his own violent encounters with the reapers (after briefly getting out of the truck only to see the creatures scampering across the ground toward him).
  • A reaper licks a bloody vampire's head and then the reaper's mouth spreads completely apart at the chin and then bites into the victim's head.
  • Another reaper claws a man's back (with bloody results) and then its mouth comes apart and bites into the vampire's neck (with bloody results).
  • Various hunters slowly make their way through wet and deep tunnels as they search for more reapers and there are various attack and chase scenes that follow.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Machine guns/Throwing blade/Swords: Used to threaten, wound or kill various characters.
  • Explosives: Worn by Blade in case the vampires try to double-cross him and used to kill one character.
  • UV Grenades: Used to kill reapers and vampires via the sunlight that emanates from them.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases (some in subtitles): "F*ck this sh*t," "What the f*ck /is your problem/is it doing/are you doing?" "They're gonna f*ck us the first chance they get" (nonsexual), "Shut him the f*ck up," "Put him out of his f*cking misery," "You've got to be f*cking joking," "Maybe I f*cked up," "You don't know who you're f*cking with," "Where did you pick up this sh*tbird, anyway?" "Like I give a sh*t," "Jack sh*t," "Sh*t kicker," "What is this sh*t?" "Bullsh*t," "You little sh*t," "Chicken sh*t," "You're about one c*nt hair away from hillbilly heaven," "Jerk off," "You ass-wipe," "Suckers," "Bastards," "Chicks" (women), "What the hell /is that supposed to mean/is this?" "Suck this" and "You can kiss your ass goodbye."
  • Various characters have tattoos on various parts of their bodies.
  • Two vampires put razor blades into their own mouths and then kiss with them.
  • Reinhardt mouths "f*ck you" to Blade.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • An unconscious man suddenly comes to.
  • Sudden music might startle some viewers.
  • A reaper suddenly pops up and grabs Nyssa.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful and ominous music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • Various songs have lyrics that can't be understood, thus offering the possibility of them potentially containing objectionable material.
  • PROFANITY
  • Some of the following occur in English subtitles. At least 28 "f" words (5 used with "mother" and 1 that's visibly mouthed), 13 "s" words, 1 slang term for female genitals ("c*nt"), 6 asses (2 used with "hole"), 3 hells, 3 S.O.B.s, 2 damns, 2 uses of "G-damn" and 1 use of "God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Some suggestive dancing occurs in a vampire hangout/club. Two vampires there (male and female) put razor blades into their own mouths and then kiss with them.
  • When asked how he and Blade met, Scud mentions that he took two women back to his place for a little "three's company action," but they turned out to be vampires and Blade saved him.
  • Nyssa shows some cleavage.
  • A vampire visits a sex store/strip club that shows some black and white photos of some scantily clad women. We also see what look like sex toys (such as dildos) and the vampire then enters a viewing booth with a bunch of tissues (but nothing sexual happens as Blade surprises him there).
  • SMOKING
  • Scud smokes more than 5 times, while some miscellaneous characters also smoke.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Nyssa becomes disappointed in her father, the vampire overlord, particularly when he indicates he's not above sacrificing her for the long term good of all vampires.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Vampires and whether they really exist (for kids who might be worried about that).
  • Why filmmakers seem to think that an abundance of blood and gore is as effective as old-fashioned thrills and chills that use one's imagination.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Nomak is taken down into an underground blood bank where it appears he's going to be the victim of a surprise vampire attack, but he turns the tables and kills the various vampires. He bites into a woman's neck and blood squirts out onto the wall. A guard then shoots him in the back and blood comes from the holes, but he grabs and then slams that man against the wall hard enough to break the tiles. He then grabs a man by his face and all sorts of tentacle-like objects come out at the victim's face.
  • Blade chases after and then shoots various vampires with a machine gun loaded with special bullets that cause the vampires to burn up and/or dissolve. As one tries to slide down a metal ladder, his hands burn from the friction, and he falls to the ground. Blade then shoots another vampire that dissolves. He then throws a throwing blade at several others who duck out of its way. As one passes by, he kicks him, and then causes a motorcycle and its rider to flip over onto the street. Blade then uses something akin to piano wire to decapitate the vampire, also causing him to dissolve. Blade then grabs the injured rider and presses his helmeted head against a spinning motorcycle tire, which causes the helmet to shatter and fall away. He then holds that man's bare head near the spinning wheel, but the scene ends there.
  • Blade comes into a room with a hostage and shoots various vampires who then dissolve. Others attempt to shoot him, but hit the hostage instead. Blade then hits, kicks, head-butts and kills various vampires in a prolonged fight sequence with many harsh blows being delivered.
  • When Scud gets in his way, Whistler hits him in the face with a machine gun. He then fires upon two intruders with the machine gun, but they elude his fire and one hits him in the face, knocking him to the floor. They then draw their swords and then get into a battle with Blade and his large sword that also includes a great deal of punching and kicking that goes on for what seems like a minute or so.
  • Nomak smashes a drug dealer through a car, pulls a bloody shard of glass from him and licks it, and then bites the man on the neck, injuring or killing him. We then see other reapers feeding on that man on the ground.
  • After hitting him a few times, Blade jams a small, explosive device in the back of Reinhardt's head (to keep him in line).
  • Blade and the others go to a vampire hangout called the House of Pain where we see various grotesque displays, such as a person's back that's been completely cut open, exposing their spine and other organs, and another person whose arm has been similarly cut open (both are still alive). We also see vampires feeding on a victim.
  • The vampire vigilantes open fire on the reapers and otherwise fight with them in a prolonged sequence where many rounds are fired (and martial arts blows delivered) but the creatures aren't killed despite being riddled with gunfire. Blade shoots Nomak in the head, but that doesn't kill him. One vampire clocks a reaper on the head with a large mallet-like device, seemingly breaking its neck and leaving its head sideways, but it comes back. Other regular vampires are caught in the gunfire, however, and dissolve. A creature throws one of the hunters through a window and many different instances of fighting simultaneously occur. One hunter stabs a reaper with a sword and impales him against a wall, but the creature simply rips his body up through the sword and escapes. One smashes another man around and then breaks his wrist, causing him a great deal of pain.
  • Scud shoots one of the creatures in the head (we see the bullet hole). As others try to break into his truck, he drives forward and crushes one against a wall (and then turns on his UV lamps that dissolve the creature).
  • A reaper licks a bloody vampire's head, and then the reaper's mouth and chin spread completely apart at the chin and he then bites into the victim's head.
  • Another reaper claws a man's back (with bloody results) and then its mouth and chin spread apart and he bites into the vampire's neck (with bloody results).
  • Reinhardt uses his UV light to kill a reaper (causing it to dissolve).
  • Blade fights Nomak on the stop of a construction catwalk, with both delivering kicks and punches to the other. Nomak then drives Blade down to the floor and they crash through various things. He then tries to hit Blade with a large pole (and gets him on the side of the head) who defends himself with his large sword.
  • We see an injured vampire who's starting to transform into a reaper. As a result, another vampire cuts off part of the top of his head to kill him and put him out of his misery. Blade then shoots a hole in the ceiling, allowing sunlight to burn up most of the man, except for part of his face and eyeball that are left behind.
  • Two vampires throw Whistler down in a tunnel and kick him. One then leaves and allows the other to hit Whistler in the face.
  • We see blood all over a reaper's face after it comes back together as we see him feeding on another being. Another vampire then shoots him with a machine gun but it does no good. She then climbs up a ladder as he chases her but she opens a manhole cover to expose both to the sunlight (and thus kills both of them as they dissolve).
  • Many reapers attack a vampire in a body of water.
  • Many reapers attack another vampire.
  • Blade, Nyssa and Reinhardt shoot many of the reapers as they chase after them.
  • A UV light grenade exposes a great deal of light that kills many reapers, while Blade shoots others.
  • Blade, Nyssa and Reinhardt shoot and strike many other reapers that are attacking them.
  • A UV light grenade kills more reapers and leaves several burning and charred bodies.
  • Blade cuts his own wrist to allow Nyssa to feed on him (but we don't see the blood).
  • Vampires shoot Blade with some sort of electrical devices that shock him and Reinhardt then kicks him in the face. Whistler is then shot with the same thing and shocked.
  • Blade is shot in the leg and some blood squirts out.
  • Reinhardt hits Whistler, and another character does the same twice to his face.
  • Blade sets off an explosive that vaporizes a character and many guards then shock him again.
  • Some sort of metal rods erupt through parts of Blade's body (with some bloody results) as he lies on a table.
  • Damaskinos grabs his daughter by the throat in a menacing fashion.
  • Guards try to shoot Nomak as he storms the vampire headquarters and hits many of them.
  • Some characters punch and kick others.
  • A person is shot dead and blood squirts out.
  • We see blood on the floor beneath various bodies and on the walls after Nomak has fed on various guards.
  • More guards riddle Nomak with bullets, but to no avail.
  • Reinhardt shoots at Blade and Whistler and then hits Blade, causing him fall into what looks like a big vat of blood. Blade then gets up, covered in what looks like blood.
  • Blade punches and kicks many guards who rush him, and breaks some of their necks and uses the wands to shock some of them as well. He even uses a wrestling move on one, driving him into the floor.
  • A character slices another completely in half and there's a little bit of blood before the latter dissolves.
  • Whistler fires a machine gun into jars of vampire embryos.
  • A vampire bites into another vampire's neck and blood squirts out and runs out of his mouth. We then see a pool of blood spreading across the floor. He then bites into another character's neck as well.
  • Blade and a reaper get into a brutal battle that includes Blade running a sword through the character (that then pulls it back out with blood squirting out). Brutal punching and kicking between the two then follows, with both knocking and throwing the other around the room. Blade then breaks the character's arm, head-butts him several times and stabs him in the side with his sword, delivering a fatal blow (he then dissolves away).
  • A vampire disintegrates when hit by the sun's rays.
  • Blade breaks through some glass and stabs a vampire in the head with his sword, killing him.



  • Reviewed March 18, 2002 / Posted March 22, 2002

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