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Blade II
DIRECTED BY GUILLERMO DEL TORO
RELEASED: 2002

Why's it so good? Guillermo del Toro took over Stephen Norrington's job as director, and delivered something that begins to show his own style: the team of mismatched misfits, each with their own talent, Ron Perlman, Gothic stylings and vampires that are not sexy but positively plague-ridden. And who knew that dude from Bros could be scary?

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How does it stack up to the original? Not badly at all; the action's effective, the characters all given room to breathe, and the Reaper vampires scary enough to send a chill down the spine. It's arguable that Blade himself doesn't get quite enough to do here, but that's the biggest criticism.

Glaring error: With the exception of one killer insult and the attractive sight of Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel (delete as appropriate), the third film that follows this is a disaster.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 43 MONTHS


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