Blade II, released in 2002, has been the most intriguing and the most underrated monster movie made to date. The franchise sequel movie, directed by Guillermo del Toro, carried his (Hellboy) personality and delivered a jaw-dropping horror and action-packed masterpiece in the times when superhero (or monster) movies were still under-explored.
The Next Level Super-Vampires Are Blade’s New Targets
While Blade (1998) was a movie based on a Marvel comic, Blade II grew apart from it by giving its chief character incredible superpowers that didn’t require visual effects to portrait its superiority. Blade I showed Blade (Wesley Snipes) as a vampire-like monster who had a thirst for human blood and derived great pleasure to watch the monsters turn to dust. While in Blade II, del Toro decided to take it up a notch. As if the bloodsucking Titans weren’t enough, he introduced a petrifying race of infected super-vampires, called reapers. Reapers are even more robust, creepier, and harder to destroy. Their pale face and the extended mandibles were the horrifying addition to the already-freaky movie.
Growing Reapers Is Blade II’s Main Aim
The reapers are a result of a genetic experiment. They have a modified DNA strain that makes them the kind of monsters they are now: stronger, faster, and even deadlier. But despite these aggravated abilities and strengths, they still have their weaknesses. Their increased thirst for human blood makes them starve and burn out more quickly. They are also yet sensitive to UV radiation. Exposure to sunlight still burns them out like normal vampires.
The ‘Blade Mythology’ Keeps Growing
In the first film, vampires wore coats and were assigned to different clans. They were even shown to be attending meetings and having discussions in Los Angeles. While in Blade II, the set was even horrifying, in the streets of Prague. Because now the vampire wears different, collared garbs. This part focused more on the bloodsucking creatures’ backgrounds and cultures and gave the story a greater depth.
No One Can Miss The Gadgets!
The movie has upgraded, hi-tech gadgets just like any good action movie has and just the kind any action-lover would die for! Blade has a samurai sword made of silver, sidearms upgraded to fire silver stakes, Beretta 92FS handguns, and so much more. The stringed UV-detonator, in the end, might just be the coolest of Scud’s creations for Blade.