Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

John Carpenter’s Vampires


Director: John Carpenter
Starring: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Thomas Ian Griffith, Maximilian Schell, Tom Guinee.

Summary: The movie opens in present-day New Mexico with a team of trained slayers clearing out a vampire nest. They go back to their motel (the “Sun-God”) to celebrate that night, but their party is interrupted by the powerful vampire Valek, who kills all but two of the team. The two surviving slayers, Jack Crow and Tony Montoya, then set out to kill this notorious Valek. Valek gained his power centuries ago through a incomplete reverse exorcism and now he is seeking a certain Berziers cross and a reenactment and completion of the exorcism in order to give him daywalking abilities.

–Marthe Schroeder

Vampire Films