For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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…
Dug up this long forgotten treasure to see how it held up after all of these years.. not only did it hold up well it makes the current vampire offerings look 2nd rate!
Bill Paxton's "larger than life" performance reminded me once again of just how underrated he truly is!
The electrifying Bar Scene has been forever etched on my cornea's and is a fan favorite! My one and only complaint was the lame Hollywood ending!
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…
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.
this movie perfectly shows the biggest buzzkill of the vampire lifestyle. too much time management.
Every so often I watch "Near Dark" and try to like it. I know I should, it's filled with stuff I love. Nasty vampires. Clever subversive tics. A Tangerine Dream score. But each time I watch the picture, I'm shocked to find so little of it resonating or exciting me. I honestly prefer 2007's "30 Days of Night" in the "band of hungry vampires fucking everything up" category. The prolonged bar sequence is incredibly kick-ass, but the other 80 minutes built around it leave me cold, and a little bored. Most of the villainous performances are great, and it's aesthetically memorable, but ultimately "Near Dark" is a horror romp that doesn't sit right. Here's to 2020, where I invariably make an attempt to watch it for the fourth time, hoping something changes. For now, overrated.
Bill Paxton as the crazy Severen is the highlight of this cool vampire flick by Kathryn Bigelow. Soundtrack by Tangerine Dream, a sexy Jenny Wright and nice visuals are some of the other elements that create this iconic atmosphere and its cult following.
Absolutely gorgeous to look at, and the visuals and iconic characters (a combination of Lance Henriksen's great performance and one line--"I fought for the South"--goes a lot farther than any traditional expository dialogue would have) generally do the work of a somewhat blank script. The character of Homer (an adult in a boy's body) is so disturbing it kicks the whole film up to a higher level--his fixation on Caleb's sister Sarah is unsaid but all the more touching for that: he just wants a playmate! The film is also smartly structured, withholding the gore (the scene where Henriksen and Goldstein are accosted by the rapists is, pointedly, cut away from before we see the final result) until the film explodes in a paroxysm of violence in the hillbilly-bar sequence. After that incredible section it's kind of a case of diminishing returns, with a slight uptick for Homer's astonishing death scene. A beautiful, weird, and distinctly American horror movie.
Gunfight involving navigating sunlight notwithstanding, this is a pretty rote vampire narrative with a little Western charm (read: hackneyed 'cowboy' trope) thrown in for good measure.
So poorly written, with a crazily uncomfortable sequence near the film's end that positions one of the vampires as about to engage in a presumed act of paedophilia as a sullen reaction to being alone.
Bigelow doesn't really do much to impress visually either (save the aforementioned sequence), shots of sunrises feel culled from second unit, detached from any distinctive sense of individual style.
The marketing of the film, positioning it as a horror film, was also a big mistake. Having really enjoyed Strange Days, I was very excited to see Bigalow at work with another well-worn genre, only to find no real shocks in sight, only a very familiar vampire-by-way-of-street-gang narrative.
While most films on the subject are quite content to rehash the same old material, "Near Dark" is a revisionist take on the vampire legend. It's a beautiful looking film that combines several different genres into one unique and extremely satisfying horror film.
What starts off as a standard "boy meets girl" love story quickly descends into a nightmarish and completely original horror/western that works simply because of the solid storytelling. With Kathryn Bigelow and Eric Red pooling their considerable talents, the movie was destined to be something special.
The mix of genres is only part of the fun, and there's an unmistakably nasty vibe that runs through the picture. The brutal, hard-to-watch bar scene is arguably the best one…
My first thought when I got this was "fuck all my friends for not telling me about this!" I mean it's got Hudson, Bishop AND FUCKING VASQUEZ! AND Tangerine Dream. Holy cow. All I can say is that you need to see this if you're a dorkus like me and hadn't yet. Guess I'm not a dorkus anymore...
My one regret watching it was that I watched it alone. I kept wanting to be like "Lookit how cool Bill Paxton is!!!" Well I still said that it's just no one was around to agree.
I've added all Kathryn Bigelow's movies to my watchlist.
Creative adaptation of the vampire myth to the modern days. After this film many others followed the same line, but it was Kathryn Bigelow who had the original idea. In Near Dark the vampires drink blood in their mugs.
A great vampire film, mostly because it's not just about vampires, it's about life. No usage of the "V" word either, which is always welcome.
Films like this one, are definitely the result of a clear comprehension of a particular Zeitgeist and for that reason, I'd recommend this to anybody who's either nostalgic about the late '80s or simply interested in checking out a world with legit teenage angst and lack of cellphones.
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- The Seventh Victim
- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…