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.
serious question of the day:
why the hell didn't Tangerine Dream just score
every film that came out in the 70s and 80s?
31 Days of Halloween Day 7
(Note: I was originally was supposed to watch this on Tuesday, but I was so busy studying for a quiz going on in my school. Thats why).
Near Dark was fine. I find it funny that this and The Lost Boys came in the same year, but Near Dark is no where near as good as The Lost Boys. Just having a western take on the vampire in film just didn't work for me. I am just suprised Kathryn Bigelow known for directing The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty has a film like this. Oh well.
This movies ok
The bar scene is the obvious standout. Lance under the fan.
Some really great shots, especially for cowpoke enthusiasts
Other than that just kind of meh
I'm a bit torn on this. I really enjoyed parts of it while others just fell kind of flat or felt out of place with the rest of the film. Still a fun watch.
"I fought for the South. We lost."
An interesting take on vampire films that still feels relatively fresh & different even nearly 30 years later. (Maybe. Apparently a remake was in the works but was shelved after Twilight because of similarities, which I honestly don't see in any way, but the less remakes/reboots the better, right?) I guess it's kind of similar to The Lost Boys actually but still different enough to a majority of vampire fare.
I found it a little difficult to concentrate on but it was still interesting. I actually didn't realise it was sort of a vampire meets western (and a bit of a biker film) until right at the end and he's riding off on a horse and they're having showdowns in the…
Another film that I rented numerous times on VHS as a high schooler!
This is a case where a film's cult classic reputation is richly deserved. Beautiful cinematography, haunting score by Tangerine Dream, poetic dialogue and outstanding performances by the entire cast. Although Paxton has the showiest role and many of the film's most quotable lines, I think Joshua Miller is the creepiest of the bunch.
A fresh look at the vampire genre that had so many different story's and elements both old and new. Very nice mood that is set with great music by Tangerine Dream. The romance feels a little dusty and doesn't come across that great. Luckily there's the cast from Aliens that make this movie so much more. Also really great (action/horror) scenes. Especially the bar scene and the daylight shoot-out. Great visuals throughout too.
Fanged nihilism vs. Old West romanticism
Grimy original take on vampire mythology. Delightfully deranged characterisations.
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