Reviewed by: Dave Rettig
Horror Thriller Action Adventure Fantasy
Year of Release:
August 21, 1998 (wide)
Demons in the Bible
Is Satan a real person that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer
What is the Occult? Answer
THE OCCULT—What does the Bible say about it? Answer
eternal death in the Bible
VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer
Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem? Answer
What is goodness?
FEAR and anxiety—What does the Bible say? Answer
How do I know what is right from wrong? Answer
How can I decide whether a particular activity is wrong? Answer
What advice do you have for new and growing Christians? Answer
“Against an army of immortals, one warrior must draw first blood.”
They have their claws into everything,” quips Blade (Wesley Snipe). “They” are vampires, and Blade is right. No longer the solitary nightstalkers, these vampires are into politics, international banking, and high tech computers. “They” meet everywhere and “they” are planning to crush the human race underneath their bloody fist. This plan of world domination is the vision of Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), a bold new leader of this ghoulish gang. “There’s a war going on” and Blade stands between the human race and annihilation by vampires.
A film adaptation of the Marvel comic hero “Blade,” director Stephen Norrington has done a wonderful job of creating a dark nihilistic world without making the film so poorly lit one cannot see what is going on (ala “Spawn,” “Crow” I and II, “Dark City”…) The villians are intelligent and diverse and the plot moves quickly enough to hold my interest. The film is very true to the original vision of the comic.
“Blade” contains excessive gore, language, violence and occult references. It would be naive to view a movie about vampires and not expect gore; however, “Blade” is shockingly gory with exploding bodies and walking, charred corpses. There are large amounts of blood and graphic deaths. “Blade” also contains huge amounts of violence, both excessive and graphic, ranging from sword play to automatic weapon fire. The language was rather harsh and was not necessary for plot. Even more disturbing was the centrality of the occult message, including the summoning of a cultic blood god. There is reference to a “vampire bible” and worse. Demonic entities fly about the screen, blood sacrifices are made in a pagan temple. The cross of Christ is labeled powerless against these vampires. All in all a very negative Christian experience.
The original “Dracula” by Bram Stroker was the tale a man who sought immortality outside of Jesus Christ. He achieved eternal “unlife” by drinking human blood, instead of eternal life through the blood of Christ. He had to continually seek sustainance through human blood, instead of the promise to “never thirst” (John 4:14). Dracula feared the power of God, represented in the crucifix and holy water. These vampires and the movie “Blade” represent the attitudes of this generation: surrounded by technology, seeking power in spirituality, and having no fear of God. Even the hero has a dark side and evil is displayed as powerful, beyond the influence of mere men.
I enthusiastically say “pass” on “Blade”. The excessive gore and numerous occult references make this movie inappropriate for a Christian viewer. If you have a hankering for vampires, read Bram Stroker’s Dracula and note the numerous Christian references. The next time someone talks about a vampire film, you can talk about your Savior Jesus Christ.
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.