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…
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.
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This western play on the vampire makes a unique move & sticks to the strict vampire basics, stripping all the Gothic undertones we're used to. Which means no crucifixes, no garlic, no fangs, no coffins, no Ann Ricey-TWILIGHTY-romanticized shenanigans... just the fear of the sun & the need for plasma. There's no sugar-coating these vampires' nomadic, poverty-stricken existence. They cruise around in a nasty old RV with blacked-out windows because they've got no other choice. It's a daily struggle for survival, & the RV says it all. Near Dark also offers bleak, morbid, unapologetic humor courtesy of Bill Paxton's no holds barred performance. He dances, he prances, he lacerates necks with a sharpened spur. He blows people…
Very, very silly but ultimately a lot of fun, this 1987 gemstone plays more like a melancholy farewell to youth, but ~with a twist~, than some gruesome horror bloodbath. Directed with great confidence from the wonderful Kathryn Bigelow, whose filmography grew to be kind of schizophrenic in the best way, there are some great shots of desertscapes, abandoned warehouses, mobile home Americana, shitkicker bars, and various interstatial geography. Imperfect enough to be perfect for 4 AM bong sessions or midnight pizza parties. Can't decide to give it an extra star or not for Bill Paxton's batshit crazy Nicolas Cageian performance. I guess I'll pass this time based on the fact that Bill Paxton should act like that more often.
This has to be one of the most underated vampire films ever, starring LANCE HENDRIKSEN and BILL PAXTON , a young boy unwittengly join a group of travelling vampire after meeting a girl (of course), this is a stylish modern take on the vampire genre, thoughly enjoyable plenty of gore for the horror fans out there..
The 80s had some very good vampire movies, remember when vampires were not a joke? Anyway, the script has flaws for sure, among them having this band of vampires behaving way too crazy for their own safety. Why bother chasing somebody who saw them when they are creating a ton of destruction everywhere they go? Paxton and Henriksen are the highlights acting wise. Script problems aside this movie is a ton of fun, just bit short of being a full classic.
Mae: The night has its price.
Severen: It's finger-lickin' GOOD!
Arguably the best vampire film ever made, and they don't even say the word in the film. Bill Paxton has never been better.
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