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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'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.
Director Kathryn Bigelow is best known these days as the rightfully award-fêted filmmaker of two excellent modern wartime pictures, THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY. But like so many prestigious A-listers, she started out as a genre storyteller. Her first film, THE LOVELESS, was a biker picture starring Willem Dafoe. And her second feature, hatched with screenwriter Eric Red, was NEAR DARK.
NEAR DARK is a vampire story. That ain’t a spoiler. A young cowboy named Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) meets a pretty blond named Mae (Jenny Wright) and sparks fly. Before the night is over, she’s bitten him on the neck, which he finds is less foreplay than a more ancient tradition. Mae has marked Caleb as a vampire-to-be,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Very surprised (in a good way) with this film, I like the darkness, the extra noir factor that is present in every scene. It is a vampire film, with touches of other genres, carefully and masterfully crafted by Kathryn Bigelow.
Not so sure about the final developments, but overall it is an excellent film.
One of the most imaginative action movies of the 80s. The whole thing is smart: It takes seriously the ethical ramifications of being a vampire—that is, having to kill every night—and avoids clichés by doing without tiresome exposition and having its vampires act like a bunch of bored, violent hoodlums. The whole thing has a dark but romantic tone, like many vampire movies, but also, due to the violent, somewhat unsophisticated characters, it also has a visceral immediacy that is sustained throughout the movie. Some people object to the ending, which they see as tacked on and overly positive, but those people, I think, are not paying attention to that final shot.
It’s also visually lush, with gorgeous landscape shots and studied, textured compositions. The action scenes are, as ever with Bigelow, extremely well directed. This movie is highly recommended.
Unique modern vampire film from the 80's has Kathryn Bigelow's special action packed punch. Vampire film that manages to combine other genres such as the western, the biker gang, a romance, and an action film is certainly on the right direction for good entertainment.
Notable supporting cast includes members of the aliens marine squad including Lance Henrikson, Jenette Goldstein, and Bill Paxton.
Strong cinematography throughout as well as some nice touches in the makeup department help the film never lose interest while the script becomes a tad less interesting.
Great showcase directorial work by Bigelow.
Shoot out and pool hall scenes were great. Lots of cheese, but an all around good time.
I watched this last night after work because I'd red parts of Eric Red's screenplay and was fascinated by it's style; it's written in almost a kind of poetic verse, short lines describing definitive action. The entire 116-ish page screenplay is written in this style. It's very interesting and something I endeavor to try on my own.
This film itself is almost as a remember it even from my earlist viewing on VHS (the color on the AB is much better though) - it's a Vampire Action movie with some really great setpieces, some excellent pyrotechnics and some startling performances by Lance Henrickson and Bill Paxton but there's some elements which don't mesh at times, such as the Tangerine Dream…
Whilst it's always a pleasure to watch Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton, Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow's twist on the vampire mythology) was rather disappointing. It had a lot of hype around it but it failed to deliver anything particularly special. There's a handful of good scenes scattered throughout but they are more than the sum of its whole.
It's been a million years since I'd seen this movie (despite owning it on Blu-ray), so it was a treat to see it on the big screen for the first time.
Bill Paxton is worth the price of admission alone. Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar, and the others give fantastic performances, but Paxton is the stand-out.
I've always been a horror fan, so through the cast and the director together, and I'm in.
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