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.
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 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.
Una película de vampiros —que en ningún momento son llamados así—, astutos viajeros que además de huir del sol, engañan a sus víctimas para alimentarse. Caleb seducido por Mae es mordido y secuestrado. La conexión de estos dos personajes hacen que termine viajando con sus captores, pero sus diferencias hacen que las cosas se compliquen.
Con un toque de western, Near dark le da una esperanza de expiación a los jóvenes vampiros, luz contra oscuridad y al final Kathryn Bigelow responderá si puede sobrevivir el amor en tal oscuridad, el bien contra el mal. El sol los quema, los destruye ¿se puede acabar ese temor?
Un gusto ver que tres actores del reparto de Aliens (1986) trabajando de nuevo juntos.
I really love the less traditional take on modern vampires where they're filthy hedonistic drifters (I read "Lost Souls" by Poppy Z Brite a lot as a young teen). The side characters are electric (particularly Bill Paxton's Severen) and making it more of a western was a really unique take that could have backfired easily. Not wild about the romance between the two leads and it definitely drags the film down, but Bigelow's talent was obvious even early on.
Assume I'll get flack for this but I found this particularly pedestrian with very little going for it. Big fan of Bigelow's work but this was a poor girls Lost Boys.
The two leads are dreadfully dull and the only sparkle comes from Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein who are fantastic as evil bastard vampires.
Aside from a remarkably nasty bar room scene there isn't much to recommend here.
Kathryn Bigelow's vampire movie unsettlingly roots itself in reality enough to make it truly terrifying. And also very funny, thanks to Bill Paxton.
"I hate 'em when they ain't been shaved."
What the hell went wrong with modern-day setting vampire films? This film is exactly what I've been waiting to see for so long....this is what vampires should be like in today's world; immortal drifters roaming from place to place in their trenchcoats, hiding from the sun, and feeding off the locals, as well as themselves....they are so crazy, evil, sinister and yet so sexy...i wanna be one haha 😋
The best part of the film is that it doesn't just come across as a vampire film, it's also combines the genres of westerns, Gothic, and even noir, making them combine to make something so unique....it's beautifully shot, and the effects are very…
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).
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