Decades of Horror 1990s Episode 18 â€“ Blade (1998)In 1998, comic book movies were in a pretty rough spot.Â Batman & RobinÂ made the entire genre a flashy joke. A series of flops likeÂ The PhantomÂ orÂ The ShadowÂ had sunk the box office potential to nothing. Things were looking bleak… until the Daywalker himself, BladeÂ made his presence known and kicked all sorts of ass. The film creaked the door open, allowingÂ X-MenÂ to walk right in andÂ Spider-ManÂ to flip the table into a massive success. Still,Â BladeÂ has plenty to love on its own. Heroin chic reinventions of vampire lore. Wesley Snipes at his absolute peak as an action star. Some kick ass choreography that’s supported by surprisingly emotional pathos. The supporting cast along is pretty killer fanged as well. Such as Kris Kristofferson as his tough as nails mentor and villainous vampires like Donal Logue ringing in some comedic brilliance. Looking back,Â BladeÂ is honestly a refreshing reminder of the compact yet gloriously entertaining potential of a self-contained superhero film. To talk about all of this, Thomas Mariani welcomes returning guests Adam Thomas and Santos Ellin Jr, but also brings on a new voice Shakyl Lambert. All four discussÂ BladeÂ and its various components. There’s plenty of praise for the martial arts choreography. Each cast member gets a bit of praise thrown at them… except maybe Stephen Dorff. The direction from Stephen Norrington gets a fair amount of love and even a bit of sadness given his career came to an abrupt halt after The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Tough break, dude. The group even dives intoÂ howÂ BladeÂ opened the door for modern superhero films and what the future of the character could be. It’s a blood suckin’ good time!
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