Cast and Crew: David S. Goyer (Script); Avi Arad, Stan Lee (Executive Producers); Kris Kristofferson, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Traci Lords, Gerald Okamura
What It’s About: Half human, half vampire Blade (Wesley Snipes) hunts down vampires. Vampires pull the string behind the scenes, ensuring they have a steady supply of blood and safety without the need for open attacks that bring attention. A group of young upstarts lead by Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) intend to change everything. Can Blade discover their plan and stop them before it is too late?
Why Watch it Today?: The character of Blade made his first appearance on this date in 1973 in Tomb of Dracula #10. Though The Matrix generally gets the credit for integrating CGI, Hong Kong fight choreography and “wire fu” and bringing it to mainstream Hollywood productions, Blade was there a year earlier doing the same thing. X-Men is generally credited with reviving the comic book movie’s fortunes, there was Blade two years before X-Men came out, doubling its mid range budget.