1998. Director: Stephen Norrington starring Wesley Snipes with Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Dorff and N'Bushe Wright.
First in the series.
The Vampire Bible is referred to as "The Book of Erebus". Erebus is a god of darkness according to Greek mythology.
The first cut of the film had a disastrous test screening with audiences, and heavy edits and re-shoots were implemented which delayed the release date more than half a year. The most significant change was the addition of the final sword fight between Blade and Deacon Frost, which did not exist in the original version of the movie.
Kris Kristofferson's character Whistler was created for Blade's cameo on the Spider Man cartoon show. He was liked so much by Marvel CEOs that he was adopted into the Marvel universe.