Quick, what’s your favourite Guillermo Del Toro movie? Pan’s Labyrinth, probably. Maybe Hellboy? Mine’s Blade II. Bet you didn’t know he directed this movie. Where the first Blade falls somewhat under the category of “so bad it’s good”, Blade II actually manages to be a legitimately good movie. I mean, OK, it’s no Citizen Cane. It’s still pretty dumb, and very cliched, and there’s a lot or really cringe worthy early 2000s CGI; but Guillermo knows how to do horror. The movie is far less campy than the first one, and there’s a couple moments where I could see someone getting legitimately scared watching it (not me though, I’ve been watching horror movies since I was six years old, I’m completely desensitized). As for the plot, they do the whole “hero has to team up with bad guys to fight a common enemy thing”, which is a pretty typical sequel trope (see X2: X-Men United, T2: Judgment Day), but it’s done well. The story hangs together much more tightly than the first one, and there’s a few twists and turns that, though fairly predictable, do a good job of keeping things exciting. Probably one of the best compliments I can give this movie is that I don’t get bored at any point while watching it. It’s a tight, fast faced, fun as hell movie; and super vampires and Ron Perlman are just icing on the cake. Blade II is honestly just a really cool fucking movie, and I think it’s one that everybody should see at least once, if for no other reason to see where Guillermo Del Toro started his career.
Overall Rating: Bad Fucking Ass/10