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  • Blade. Born in 1967 to an already dead mother. What a tragic start to life. Blade, the main character of the film is a professional vampire slayers who is half mortal and half immortal. He spends his days ridding the earth of these monstrous creatures due to a sense of duty to his mother.
  • Thirty after one years, the kid has turned into the vampire seeker Blade. He strikes a rave club possessed by the vampire Deacon Frost. Police take one of the vampires to the healing facility, where he nourishes on hematologist Karen Jenson and get away. Cutting edge takes Karen to a sheltered house where she is dealt with by his old companion Abraham Whistler. Whistler clarifies that he and Blade have been pursuing a mystery war against vampires utilizing weapons in view of their natural shortcomings, for example, daylight and silver. As Karen is presently "set apart" by the chomp of a vampire, both he and Blade advise her to leave the city.
  • In the interim, at a meeting of vampire senior citizens, Frost, the pioneer of a group of more youthful vampires, is reproached for attempting to affect war amongst vampires and people. As Frost and his kind were not conceived as vampires and are along these lines not immaculate bloods, they are considered socially second rate. Accordingly, Frost has one of the senior citizens executed and strips the others of their power.
  • After coming back to her flat, Karen is assaulted by a policeman, who is a "well-known", a human slave controlled by a vampire. Sharp edge represses the natural and utilizations data from him to find a chronicle of vampire history. Afterward, at the den, Blade infuses himself with an extraordinary serum that keeps him from capitulating to his longing to drink blood, which would at last transform him into a vampire. Nonetheless, the serum is starting to lose its adequacy because of abuse.
  • While exploring different avenues regarding the anticoagulant EDTA as a conceivable substitution, Karen finds that it detonates when joined with vampire blood. She figures out how to integrate an immunization that can cure the contaminated, however discovers that it won't take a shot at a human-vampire half and half like Blade. Ice and his men assault the fort, contaminate Whistler, and snatch Karen. At the point when Blade returns, he helps Whistler confer suicide and arms himself with uncommon syringes loaded with EDTA.
  • At the point when Blade endeavors to safeguard Karen from Frost's penthouse, he is repressed and taken to the Temple of Eternal Night, where Frost arrangements to play out the summoning custom for La Magra, the vampire blood god. Sharp edge is depleted of his blood, however Karen enables him to drink from her, setting off his vampirism. Ice finishes the custom and gets the forces of La Magra. Sharp edge murders the greater part of Frost's followers, including his mom, and goes up against him. Amid their battle, Blade infuses Frost with the greater part of the syringes, making his body detonate. Karen offers to help Blade cure himself, yet he requests that her make another serum. In a concise epilog, Blade slaughters a gathering of Russian vampires.

Sources:

Blade. Stephen Norrington. New Line Cinema, 1998. Film.

Blade's Portrayal of the Vampire Edit

Blade is US film from 1998 that has been described as an American vampire superhero film. Written by David S. Goyer and starring Wesley Snipes as Blade, a half-vampire who hunts vampires with superhuman abilities, Blade paves the way to expressing the modern and ever evolving image of the vampire. The portrayal of vampires comes from several factors, including: the fictional writer, and how they choose to perceive and create the vampire, and through the current environment and events of the time. The 1990s were a time when films started to exploit the new territory of special and visual effects and were constantly producing over the top action films. Blade as a film expresses a lot of these traits with its graphic and quickly paced scenes, even go as far as opening with a pregnant woman being attacked by a vampire while giving birth. Scenes throughout the film show how the late 1990s were also a time when special effects were really beginning to get real and engage the audience. Films would constantly win achievements for their visual effects, i.e. the film Armageddon winning  an oscar for best visual effects for their “disaster scene” in 1998. Blade took advant

age of the evolving depth and use of special effects and had decided to keep with the tradition of vampire stories being gruesome and gory, going all the way back to folkloric tales of the vampire, but giving it a modern twist. The film features a scene where Blade raids a rave club owned by Deacon Frost, a vampire. Wesley Snipes acts as an excellent portrayal of the modern, 1998, vampire in Blade, from the graphic scenes created by modernizing visual effects to the pacing and actions taken in the film itself, and it paves the way for the image of the vampire to keep evolving.

Blade and Frost Edit

Characters Blade and Frost:

Blade and Frost are the two main characters that carry a interesting relationship of evil and revenge. Frost the main antagonist in this vampire film, as Blade is the protagonist. Frost is not only an angry vampire who is in complete disregard of his actions but one with an unpleasing motif. Frost is close with a group of original vampires called the Erebus leaders who he has semi-close relations to, even though they are on the last thread with him and his threatening actions. His main objective was to become La Magra who is the vampire blood god. He aimed to take over and become the blood god so that he can get rid of all humans. He constantly breaks the originals rules and throws underground vampire parties that put their kind at risk. Frost is the one vampire who was responsible for Blades mothers’ death. Blade, being caring and trustful, does everything that he can to stop Frost from killing the innocent and converting himself to a blood god. As he continues to try and become this blood god he kills the Erebus leaders, which was the final step to the process. After becoming a La Marga, Frost and Blade began to fight in a sword battle. Frost is a strong character who seems to come back to life even after the most gruesome of attacks. Although he seems to be in the upper hand after becoming the La Marga, the remaining events still didn’t go his way. The film ended with a powerful scene of Blade and Frost fighting. Blade, being the super hero he is, shoots Frost with his darts resulting in Frost exploding and ending his not so immortal life.

Sources:

https://d2l.arizona.edu/d2l/le/content/563364/viewContent/4977132/View

Blade's Conception and Alteration from Comics to Film Edit

Blade Is a fictional character superhero vampire hunter created In the Marvel Comics universe. He was created by writer and author Marv Wolfman and artist gene Colan. His 1st appearance was in the tomb of Dracula issue number 10. Originally a supporting character he went on to accompany many crossovers throughout a multitude of comic-book series is moving over to film and television eventually starring in his own series. At this time actor Wesley snipes took on the role of blade in the film Series, and on the other hand Kirk sticky fingers Jones Portrayed the role for TV. 

Blade’s real name is Eric Brooks; this was not originally the case as this name was given to him in the film first before being mentioned in the comics. After the release of the 1998 film Marvel comics decided to take a note grin the film and give their character a given birth name. born to his mother Tara Brooks A prostitute who in the middle of labor was bitten by deacon frost and Killed. It was at this time that Eric attain his vampire like powers, in the film however Tara’s counterpart is named Vanessa who is played by Sanaa Lathan. Sanaa Unlike her original comic counterpart survived deacons attack. At this she became a vampire in later met her son as an adult. During this meeting Eric was forced to kill his mother. There are a wide variety of cast members and acquaintances throughout the blade film sequences that are missing throughout and are deferential to the growth & development of the character’s persona. These characters include doctor Strange, and Hannibal king among others. These differences may seem subtle and irrelevant at first glance but in fact play a major role in his development as character. These corrections and differences that the comic, film, & television portrayals of the character have engrossed onto each other making it so that even though the character has existed from a certain stand point he has been reviewed and revised so that he is not more familiar with his audience, but instead more recognizable to multiple audiences across his respective franchise.

Possible Connection to the AIDS Epidemic Edit

True to the roots of Carmilla and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the movie Blade’s portrayal of vampires is one coated in sexuality. One can interpret the movie Blade, and its portrayal of vampires, as a commentary on the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s. This is first portrayed in the beginning of the film, with the scene that takes place in the meat locker night club. The fact that Frost’s young vampires tend to congregate in special night clubs seems to be an intentional parallel to the unfair connotation that HIV had with the young and gay communities. The sexual deviancy portrayed in the club also seems to represent this fear. When blood pours out of the sprinklers above, the man lured into the nightclub begins to fear for his life. This seems to be a direct reference to HIV’s transferal through blood. This connection continues throughout the movie. The vampire virus is transferred through bites, which are often portrayed viscerally. Multiple characters discuss the possibilities for a cure to the disease, and both Karen and Blade take medicine to suppress their symptoms. This is apparent in the finale of the film, where Blade has gone too long without taking his serum. He begins to mentally and physically deteriorate, succumbing to the desires and will of the vampire virus, until he feeds on Karen to regain his strength. This is both similar to the search for an AIDS cure in the 1990s, as well as treatment of the HIV virus. Needles are often used in the film, and are the primary source of medicinal intake. This is an allusion to the connection between HIV and needles, as sharing used needles can sometimes cause a person to contract the virus. Karen also directly addresses the similarities between the vampire virus and HIV, when she insults Frost by calling his powers as a sexually transmitted disease.

Sources:

https://d2l.arizona.edu/d2l/le/content/563364/viewContent/4841247/View

https://d2l.arizona.edu/d2l/le/content/563364/viewContent/4935345/View

Historical Significance and Character Analysis of Blade Edit

The movie Blade breaks several different stereotypes regarding vampires and their history, but still sticks to their roots regarding some of the basic ways to kill vampires. In the film, Vampires are susceptible to mortal wounds from Blade’s silver sword, however they do not have to take a stake through the heart or become beheaded in order to be killed. This takes away from the older vampire stories such as Dracula where there are only a few ways to kill a vampire, and focuses on the romantic and violent aspects of older vampire stories. They are also susceptible to sunlight and ultra violet rays. This film (1998) takes nearly all vampire accounts into consideration when filming and writing and creates a thriller which is highly regarded by all. According to IMD, this is one of the most highly heralded and praised horror films of all time and this rating is rightfully earned to to the melding of old vampire culture, new romantic themes, and modern cinematic work.

Blade’s cinematics are relatively ahead of it’s time, as the film’s production is deceptive, seeing as the film came out in 1998 and it looks incredibly good. This set the standard for other horror movies of the time, being much more graphic than the Draculafilm released just six years prior, in 1992. Although violence is a theme which both of these movies share, Blade takes a more modern turn introducing science fiction themes. Blade deviates from the other horror movies, stating that a stake is useless to kill a vampire and mortally wounding one is good enough, although like previous vampire legends or tales, garlic and silver will seriously harm a vampire (and in the case of Blade, cure vampirism). Blade takes over the manly role whereas he is seen as the ultimate hero, saving the human race while still being under control of a vampire, which takes away from other such stories such as Carmilla and Dracula where the vampire type character is the antagonist. Blade takes a protagonist role while in the form of a vampire, which is a theme not seen nearly at all in vampire films or literature previously.  

One night Blade raids a club owned by a vampire named Deacon Frost. After an intense encounter a vampire is taken to the hospital for treatment. The vampire was Deacon Frosts errand boy Quinn. Shortly after, the vampire attacks and bites Dr. Karen Jenson and runs off. Blade comes to Karens aid and takes her to a safe house where she is treated by a friend of blades by the name of Abraham Whistler. Upon inspection of Karen, Abraham says that a secret war has been waged between Blade and the vampires in which elemental weapons are used based on the enemies weakness.  Karen is marked by the bite of the vampire and must now flee. (It really seems that no one ever flees when they are told to run for danger, why is that? Maybe all of the characters are really just adrenaline junkies waiting for a rush)

              The vampires continue their conquest to spark war between vampires and humans. Now would be a good time to introduce Frost, the leader of the youngins. Frost and his followers were not born as vampires and thus are not counted as “pure-blooded” and are considered as socially inferior, talk about bullies and exclusion…. Trying to create a name for himself and shows he means business, Frost executes one of the elders and strips the others of their superior authority. The name of the elder that was executed is Gitano and he is forced to watch the sunrise which causes his death because vampires cannot be exposed to the sun.

              Obviously, not listening to Abrahams request, Karen return to her apartment and is attacked by a familiar. A familiar is a human controlled by a vampire and that particular familiar was a police officer. Most familiars are regular people because they are human and wish to be turned into a vampire if they are loyal and perform duties for the vampires like Frost. Blade once again comes to her rescue. Blade follows the familiar to a secret hideout where he finds the record keeper, Pearl, and pages from the Book of Erebus or vampire bible. He also finds out what Frost is planning on doing where he is going to summon La Magra. La Magra is a powerful and ancient blood God. He created the first vampire, Drake, and can only be summoned through a ritual that requires the blood of a Daywalker and 12 other purebloods. They are then ambushed by Quinn and a group of Frost's vampire crew and they end up getting captured and Whistler comes to save them and they escape. Blade, fearing he will soon turn into a vampire, continues injects himself with a serum however the serums strength and effect on Blade diminishes due to his reliance and constant use. Karen tries to help Blade by creating a new serum however her concoction explodes when combined with vampire blood (this seems like it has potential to be useful….) While Blade is away the hideout is attacked by Frost and his followers. They abduct Karen and infect Abraham, This scene ends with Abrahams death and Blade preparing for warfare.

              In the final scenes of the film Blade ventures to save Karen but in the process is captured himself. He learns there that his mother is still alive and that Frost was the one who bit his mother. Blade is taken to the Temple of Eternal Night where Frost is planning to summon the Vampire God using Blades blood. Out of dire urgency, Karen convinces Blade to drink her blood to enhance his vampire side. During this time Frost continue to summon the Vampire God. The purebloods turn into bat skeletons and Frost absorbs them to become La Magra. He gains the power and abilities of the blood God which include, Accelerated Healing, Superhuman Resilience, Vamparic Transformation and Vamparic Empowerment. Blade regains strength and attacks killing all of the followers, one of them includes his mother. Lastly using the wonderful concoction, EDTA, Karen created before, Blade stabs Frost with a shot full of the vampire exploding serum killing him. In conclusion Karen creates a new serum to help Blade. 

              All in all Blade was not as creepy as Let the Right One In (http://www.veoh.com/adultwarning/watch/v197588916zB6HYeP) but was also a bit more serious than Twilight ( https://d2l.arizona.edu/d2l/le/content/563364/viewContent/4964458/View ). This move provided a fresh take on a vampire classic.              

Blade Huamn

Blade looking rather human...

              Sources used:

              http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120611/plotsummary?ref_=tt_stry_pl

              https://d2l.arizona.edu/d2l/le/content/563364/Home?itemIdentifier=D2L.LE.Content.ContentObject.ModuleCO-4872725             

Blade. Dir. Stephen Norrington. New Line Cinema. Film. 1998             

Blade vamp

Andddd here is the vampire form

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