Justin Bower

Justin Bower

Cigars in Cinema

Cigars in Cinema – John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)

It’s October and that means; all things spooky. If anyone knows me, you would understand that this is my favorite time of the year. Cooler weather, spooky movies and all things horror/scary. Now, John Carpenter’s Vampires might not have been my first choice for this month but I already did From Dusk Til Dawn. Had I known that vampire would be the theme for the beautiful Miss Spooky Smokin’ October spread, I would have saved it. I had to do some digging. I came back to this gem of a movie that upon further viewing realized it had more cigar footage than some of my other selections! 

And so for this month I chose John Carpenters Vampires. Tons of cigar smoking, bad ass vampire hunters, great acting, great cinematography, the list goes on. Say what you will about James Woods but he plays a badass in this movie. Between him and Daniel Baldwin (yes, a Baldwin that can act) these guys light up the screen. The movie follows Jack and Anthony (their respective characters) as their team goes around taking out vampires and their nests, only to run into a master vamp that gives them a helluva run for their money. Do they have what it takes to end that vampire? I don’t want to give too much away so I guess you will have to watch the movie. This movie has a little something for everyone. Some horror, action, romance, some T&A and a little comedy …. it has it all. To be honest I hadn’t seen this movie for probably 10-15 years but now, I will make it a regular showing! James Woods as an action star doesn’t seem very liable but I will say he indeed plays the part perfectly! 

Now, why did I pick this movie for cigars in cinema? When I was asked to do this article, I was under the impression that the cigar didn’t have to play a huge role in the movie as long as there was a cigar in it. This might be on the thin side of that argument but here we are none the less. The first cigar we see is actually from Daniel Baldwin about eight minutes and 40 seconds in, a quick shot of a very short and skinny cigar, almost a swisher sweet cigarillo. At 14 minutes and 20 seconds in we see the first cigar sequence from the awesome James Woods, lighting his stogie with a match lit on the skull of a killed vampire. BAD ASS! The rest of the movie we see James Woods smoking a stogie (at least 5 different times) to just cement his badassness! James Woods cigars don’t have any bands so its hard to say what exactly he was smoking but it defiantly adds to how awesome his character is! 

Movie Trivia! 
1.) Despite being a horror movie, John Carpenter stated on the audio commentary that he did this movie because it closely resembled a western to him. 
*John Carpenter – IMDb
John Carpenter, Writer: The Fog. John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Ca…
2.) Gene Siskel enjoyed the film and James Woods in such a radical departure from his usual fare so much, he suggested that Woods be nominated for an Oscar for his performance in this film. 
3.) The Slayer van is a 1980 Ford F-800 Armorer Truck. 
4.) The shotgun Father Adam Guiteau finds and uses at the end is a J.C. Higgins Model 21 Deluxe. 
5.) Jack Crow’s handgun is a Jericho 941 R.