Editors' pick

Blade II

Blade II movie poster
MPAA rating: R
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Weekend's Desson Howe says, "To appreciate the movie you have to be okay with vampire violence." Style's Stephen Hunter calls the film "pure pagan glee," but he also says "You normal people stay away: You won't get it, you won't like it, and you'll feel violated by it."
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Tcheky Karyo, Luke Goss, Leonor Varela
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Release: Opened Mar 22, 2002
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Editorial Review

In "Blade II," [Blade (Wesley Snipes)] learns that his beloved mentor, fellow vampire-killer and weapons master Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), is still alive in Prague. (Whistler "shot himself" off-screen at the close of the last movie -- that should have clued ya.)

Whistler joins Blade and his new weapons specialist, Scud (Norman Reedus), to tackle the latest world problem: a plague of "Reapers," super-vampires who intend to destroy the world's existing vampires and build a more powerful vampire.

The Reapers have mandibles that can extend and superhuman power. They don't just drink blood from vampires, they drain them dry then turn them into Reapers.

The Vampire Nation, technically Blade's enemies, appeal to Blade, asking him to lead an elite team, known as the Bloodpack, to pulverize the Reapers. No problem.

Of course, the allegiance is only temporary. Blade has to watch his new teammates, who were originally trained to kill him. They include Reinhardt (Ron Perlman), who takes special pride in his ability to beat any adversary, and the mysterious, attractive Nyssa (Leonor Varela). A little trash talking and a little love in the room never hurt anyone.

-- Desson Howe, Weekend