Blade

Trivia: In the Marvel Comic series where the characters originate from, Deacon Frost was actually an elder man, and an alchemist who dabbled in vampirism and - via one of his experiments - turned himself into a unique vampire who could create doppelgangers of his victims.

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Trivia: The original Marvel Comics' Blade was a member of a band of vampire hunters, who mainly fought Dracula (who also was a regular at Marvel). The others included Quincy Harker and Rachel van Helsing (both descendents of Dracula's enemies from Bram Stoker's novel), and Hannibal King (a vampire detective, and a victim of the original Deacon Frost).

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Trivia: During the chase with officer Krieger, the vampire on the side of the road biting the girl's neck is actually director Stephen Norrington. (00:40:15)

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Trivia: The film came about in-part due to the fact Wesley Snipes wanted to star in a Marvel superhero movie, but his dream project - "Black Panther" - got stuck in development Hell. Eventually, Snipes became intrigued by the Blade character, and helped get the film made. A "Black Panther" film was eventually made (without Snipes), and released exactly twenty years after "Blade" hit screens.

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Trivia: In the original comics, Blade was far less stoic and far more talkitive and colorful. This film's popularity ended up influencing future comic appearances of the character, and to this day, most "Blade" comics still strongly resemble the film, at least in terms of aesthetics and tone.

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Trivia: The visual effects in the subway scene were cutting edge at the time, and the visual effects artist working on the sequence had to match the digitally-created trains to the film frame-by-frame due to the camera movement and jitter. You can briefly see people inside of the trains as they pass by, which were just still images of people standing, since they went by so quick you could barely see them. One final amusing note about the scene: In the making of, the digital effects artist mentions that one day, he hoped the software would exist so that motion and camera movement could be digitally tracked so digital elements wouldn't need to be matched in frame-by-frame. This idea (motion tracking) is now - 20 years later - such a common effect technique that it's available in most animation software (including many free and/or cheap programs) as a very basic feature.

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Trivia: In an alternate ending, the vampire Morbius was seen, played by director Stephen Norrington.

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Trivia: At Deacon's place, the vampires are watching Mortal Kombat, also made by New Line Cinema.

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Trivia: The character of Whistler was taken from the Spider-Man animated series TV show.

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Trivia: Whistler was named Abraham as reference to Abraham Van Helsing, the vampire slayer in Dracula's novel.

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Trivia: Mark Wahlberg, Skeet Ulrich and Bruce Payne were considered for the role of Deacon Frost.

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Trivia: Jet Li rejected the role of Deacon Frost because he was involved in Lethal Weapon 4.

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Trivia: Denzel Washington and Laurence Fishburne were considered for the main role.

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Continuity mistake: When Blade gets his serum, Whistler holds his hand, then they see the girl run. In one shot, Whistler goes right, leaving the suffering Blade. In the next shot (close up on Blade), you can see that Whistler is still holding Blade's hand. (00:26:57)

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Karen: Why do you hunt them?
Whistler: I had a family once. A wife and two daughters. Then a drifter came calling one evening. A vampire. He toyed with them at first. Tried to make me decide which order they'd die in.

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Question: Whistler introduces himself as 'Abraham Whistler'. Could there possibly be a connection to Abraham Van Helsing in the original Bran Stoker writings, who also fought vampires?

Answer: There could be but there doesn’t really seem to be any information about where the name came from. The Whistler character was invented by Marvel for Blade's appearance in the Spider-Man cartoon show in 1996, but there he was simply called Whistler, the first name – Abraham - came with the Blade movie. Now there has been more than one character with the last name Van Helsing in the comic books and Abigail in Blade: Trinity was originally also a Van Helsing (until the producers found out about the Van Helsing movie). So yes they might have chosen Abraham as a subtle reference to Van Helsing.

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