In one hot hungry kiss, he gave her everlasting love. She gave him everlasting life.
A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars.
Howdy. I'm gonna separate your head from your shoulders. Hope you don't mind none.
First off all I have to say that the cover for the Blu-ray of Near Dark is hilarious. They're obviously trying to lure in the Twilight crowd with it. They even have Adrian Pasdar's skin photoshoped to a pale white to resemble the vamps from Twilight, even though the vamps in Near Dark don't have pale skin. You can compare it to the Twilight Blu-ray cover here and see there is no doubt to what they were doing.
My first instinct to that was it might fool some of the Twihards in seeing a great and original vampire flick, but then I realized it could…
Kathryn Bigelow's thoroughly kick-ass, post-modern action vampire Western still packs a mighty mean punch.
Densely atmospheric (you can practically feel the dirt and grime on your fingertips), packed with spirited performances (especially a totally unhinged Bill Paxton), and very, very bloody.
“Howdy. I'm gonna separate your head from your shoulders. Hope you don't mind none.”
-Severen (Bill Paxton)
This is part of Sean’s Movie Club: A Crazy Experiment List – My review for Near Dark, the third film chosen.
Near Dark follows a mid-western farmer’s boy whom is reluctantly drawn into a vagabond, rag-tag band of vampires after pursuing a beautiful girl. Whilst it sounds simple from that brief synopsis, there is a lot more going on. It defies classification in terms of genre. Although at its heart Near Dark weaves an uncompromising and often horrific tale of a vicious vampire gang, it also seamlessly blends in elements of crime, thriller, black comedy and even some romance for good measure.
"Boy, you people sure stay up late."
Western meets vampire mythology with a Tangerine Dream soundtrack. a perfect set-up put together by Kathryn Bigelow.
The isolation of the cinematography, the dream like scenarios and the enough amount of violence, to tale a story about lust and existentialism.
Kathryn Bigelow casting was sensational from the lovely Jenny Wright, her selfishness guided by her loneliness put in motion a peculiar chain of events, the father figure played masterful by Lance Henriksen, the man can do no wrong in my eyes, to the bombastic over the top Bill Paxton. This is an awesome cast, full of big personalities and charisma.
Kathryn Bigelow Near Dark is unique in the genre of vampire films, it never tried to be romantic or a horror film, is just a story about a boy meeting the wrong girl in a chaotic dream world.
I watched this as part of Sean's Movie Club.
This is yet another film I would never have seen if it wasn't for this movie club. If you know anything about me, you know that I hate horror films. I can count on my hands how many I've seen in the past four or five years. However, I tend to put vampire films in a separate category because there's just something inherently sexy and enigmatic about the source material. I'm usually not afraid, I don't find the gore to be disgusting, and I enjoy the discussion that usually comes up surrounding morality and ethics. Near Dark handles all of this well, and is probably in my top five vampire films…
The vampire as a tragic figure. Lonely, half-insane, bloodthirsty and damn near invincible. Haunting the plains of the American midwest. Backlighting, backligting galore. Bill Paxton chewing the fuck out of the scenery. All soaked in gore, Western motifs, bizarre 80s synths and ass-kicking cinematography.
Kathryn Bigelow, you're my goddamned hero.
mais um daqueles que ao fim de tantos anos lá o vi,nunca é tarde para ver um bom filme de terror pela primeira vez...
Point Break not doing much for me, I am surprised by how much I love Near Dark. The film just exudes both coolness and horrific beauty. I feel Bigelow's directorial touches fit this material perfectly, highlighting the vampires' nastiness (that bar scene is something), touching love story, and western-like performances in a way that's hugely entertaining.
Very much stuck in the 80s but still pretty fun. Most of the acting is terrible but Lance Henrikson makes up for it with the sheer awesomeness of his presence. A few scenes (including the final one) are almost too cheesy to take, but all is forgiven thanks to the bar scene being way cooler than it has any right to be.
The best vampire film ever made.
A cool and beautifully shot movie, but the psychotic vampire clan (especially a scenery-chewing Bill Paxton) is way more interesting than the dull hero. Still, worth a watch for the badass roadhouse scene alone.
Kathryn Bigelow, known by most as the director of Oscar nominated films The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty also directed Near Dark. It was released in 1987 and is considered by many to be a cult classic. It's a vampire film with bloodsuckers who behave more like an asshole biker gang than vampires.
It's an ok film, but it's not scary and the attempts at cheesy 80's humor mostly fall flat. Between Bill Paxton's awful acting and the weak plot I just couldn't get into it. It's supposed to be good 80's fun but the fun was extremely lacking. Fans of this type of 80's cinema will no doubt like this more than me but I just wasn't feeling it. Cult hit or not it's an average film in my opinion.
After 25 years of nothing but praise from people I trust, I finally watched Bigelow's much-loved 'Near Dark'. "Near Dark is near perfect." one review I just made up read.
I was expecting something a lot more off-kilter and gory than what I got. A straight-forward narrative and a love story to put the cheese of Twilight to shame. It does feel like if kids loved vamps in the 80s like they do now, this would have been a much bigger hit.
Good performances and a funny turn from Hudson from Aliens and Chet from Weird Science sticking out his eyeballs on stalks to act mad like he does in those films too.
You don't get too many poetic, beautifully atmospheric vampire movies but Near Dark must be near the top of the list. Southern, grimy, and (ironically for a film about a group of undead suckers) full of life, Kathryn Bigelow's neo-noir horror is quite simply one of a kind.
This was rather fun. It was good to witness one of the Kathryn Bigelow’s earlier works, too. I wish I saw this when I was in high school or something. Like having friends come over and watching it away with lots of junk food in front of us. The film’s sense of humor would have worked a lot better. Good times, good times.