Movies that are slightly off.
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.
Caleb is a country boy who meets the ever so sexy Mae one night while out with his mates. They click instantly but something is wrong. Mae is a vampire and she has infected Caleb with a extra-kinky goodnight kiss. Caleb is adjusting to life as a vampire while dealing with Mae's dad and his bloodthirsty crazy vampire pack in Kathryn Bigelow's vampire road-trip action-packed adventure. Caleb's cowboy hat. Mae likes ice cream. Stars in the sky. Mr. Ed's stepson. Tug-a-rope. Near-dawn kissy kissy. Vampires don't like sunlight. RV snatch-n-grab. Hudson, Bishop, and Vasquez without the Aliens. Nut grab. Grand Theft Auto. Johnny Law. Vampire blood suck. Killer instinct. Hitchhiking. Daddy Tim Thomerson. Barroom beatdown. Extreme flirtation. The way Bill…
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…
Glitzy, noirish vampire movie where the word vampire is never used. A mix of a lot of genres (Horror, Western, maybe even road movie) before it became common to do so. The Tangerine Dream score is one of their best. Also a good collection of legendary character actors (Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Tim Thomerson) are given more than their usual screen time to revel in their bad assness. Although much like other '80s flicks, the child vampire can be annoying at times. The ending is fine but not as good as the development in the middle. The gang's encounter with all the tough guy prototypes at the redneck bar is classic cinema. Bigelow was good from the beginning, maybe never better.
Kathryn Bigelow may have found that critical acceptance when she bagged that Oscar for The Hurt Locker, but back in 1987 she made a cult film with bite. Rarely have vampires had so much attitude, and this slice of blackly comic horror ticks all the right boxes in its quest for shocks,blood-splatter, and the odd piece of sarcastic wit.
When cowpoke Adrian Pasdar meets a young woman in a bar car-park, little did he know he'd become one of the undead as he is taken inside a brood of roaming vampires. Pasdar may be the central character in the film but he is seriously upstaged by both psycho Bill Paxton and the leader of the bunch played by Lance Henriksen…
serious question of the day:
why the hell didn't Tangerine Dream just score
every film that came out in the 70s and 80s?
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.
Don't forget this one when you're watching your summertime flicks!
An interesting take on vampire romance bolstered by beautiful cinematography by Adam Greenberg and a great score by Tangerine Dream.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is a really solid movie with an ending that descends into utter incoherence. I also really have to question the group's motivations in coming back to Caleb and kidnapping his sister: is it really worth it for them? I suppose they've been shown to be sadists enough or they could not want to leave anyone alive who knows of their existence, but it seems like in terms of self-preservation they should just move on and leave him behind (not that they probably expected too much of a challenge from him).
Everything leading up to that final sequence, though, is pretty damn good (and formally accomplished as well).
“Near Dark is not a perfect film. It frankly gets by more on style & mood than it does on content, but it’s so stylistically strong that it can pull off a lack of depth with ease. Just the basic concept of a Kathryn Bigelow vampire-Western with a Tangerine Dream soundtrack is enough to inspire enthusiasm on its own.”
Influyente a más no poder, innovadora y tontorrona a la vez. La aproximación de Bigelow al mito vampírico, a pesar de cierto subtexto "consevador", se mantiene en plena forma con su estética heavy punk texmex, su enfoque antropológico, su hijoputismo... esto son vampiros oiga!!!
You don't need to watch another vampire movie ever again after watching this. Master work. Bill Paxton's best role.
Best eighties vampire western ever. Best vampire movie with love in it, ever.
Definitely wish for a more, er, fleshed out version of this, one where we don't switch from empathizing with the vampires to actively rooting against them so swiftly— the climax of this film utterly failing for me. But that's only the last fifteen minutes or so, and part of what makes the prievous eighty some of the best filmmaking (genre or not) I've ever seen is the briskness. For the longest time, this film works with the beauty and simplicity of a really great fairytale, just with more gore and (thank heavens) Tangerine Dream music. It's always a good sign when I pause a film to go to the bathroom, and I'm shocked to see that an hour has already passed.
(Viewing Format: 35mm Film, 1.85:1, Film Forum: Screen 3)
Kathryn Bigelow's vampire Western is silly, makes no sense, and is a little awkward at times - but it's also unique, really entertaining, and stylish as hell. I really wish Bigelow would go back to making nonsensical genre movies, because she is so much better at that than those stupid, over-serious military movies.
My canon. In (approximate) order of favorite films, not necessarily of best action sequences.
Trying to keep a relatively open…
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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