An attempt to redefine cutting edge horror, this techno-vampire pic is spoiled by the same weak storytelling and flashy, computer game visuals seen in the director's first feature Death Machine. Shortly before dying in childbirth, a woman is bitten by a vampire, and her son, Blade, becomes a hybrid, half-human, half-vampire. Suppressing a thirst for blood with garlic injections, Blade (Snipes) wages war against the bloodsuckers; however, he and his human sidekick Whistler (Kristofferson) meet their match in Deacon Frost (Dorff), who dreams of an apocalypse that will install vampires as rulers of Earth. Ostensibly this is about a complex, ambiguous hero, but too little time is spent exploring Blade's tortured soul. Instead, the demons get the best tunes and the best scenes. The rest is a series of messily choreographed, gloatingly sadistic fights, tricked out with embarrassing one liners and reams of exposition.