This week’s Fangs God It’s Friday falls into a weird no-man’s land between vampire and vampire hunter. Before Norman Reedus became the hottest guy on TV popping zombies like zits (that’s Daryl Dixon, for the uninformed), he played sidekick to the hottest guy slicing off vampire heads like a cuisinart with legs (that would be Wesley Snipes as Blade).
Blade II faced a tough act to follow, because the first Blade movie delivered a brilliant take on Marvel Comics’ badass, fanged vampire hunter. Plenty have made a strong argument that Blade was even the movie that truly launched the modern superhero film, eventually spawning the Avengers movie franchise and many others.
And while Blade II found a way to bring back Blade’s surrogate father figure and weapons supplier Whistler, the film introduced a new guy to create Blade’s weapons for hunting bloodsuckers. Scud was one of the best parts of the sequel, because he delivered some of the funniest lines in the film (Ron Perlman had the rest). Some of his dialogue even had a certain meta quality, at one point referring to Blade as “the Dark Knight.”
It’s a tricky matter to call Scud a vampire hunter (and for many reasons), but the only one I feel appropriate to share here is Scud’s own admission to being a lover, not a fighter.
In the same way Daryl Dixon steadily found his place in the hearts of fans of The Walking Dead, Scud slowly charms the filmgoers in Blade II. Sadly, Scud doesn’t make it into the third Blade film (although, given how bad Blade: Trinity was, that might be a good thing). Whistler best sums up my feeling on the matter in his last remark about Scud. “I was just startin’ to like him.”