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?
Kathryn Bigelow showed skill as an excellent genre filmmaker with this hybrid and later with POINT BLANK before selling out to middle-brow success. Here she successfully merges the Western with horror, two genres combined all too infrequently.
Except for bursting into flames when hit by the sun, this movie is essentially just about nomadic methheads.
I've banged the "NEAR DARK is better than LOST BOYS but doesn't get anywhere near the same level of recognition" drum for some time now. And that's not to diss LOST BOYS, which I also enjoy, and it's definitely a close call. But I think there's just that added touch of directorial flair and nasty grit in NEAR DARK that edges it for me.
Yes, there are flaws. I find Mae to be a pretty grating character, and I never found the love story between her and Caleb to be particularly convincing. In general, there were problems with thinly-drawn characters whose motivations behind wild swings and progressions in their behaviour were never adequately explained. But a lot of the holes…
There was a lot that I enjoyed in Near Dark, but there was also a lot that I didn't. it was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I did like that tradition was pretty much thrown out the window in terms of how a typical movie vampire was usually presented back then. The fact that the word 'vampire' is never even mentioned is something I also liked.
I felt that it started off slowly but picked up towards the middle of the film and the bar scene in particular, was tremendous.
I did have issues with Lance Henriksen not really having much to do in the film. I get that he's the quiet leader but i kinda wanted…
Southern vampire movie. Kinda cheesy but likable. Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen are excellent in their roles. I didn't enjoy it when I was a kid but now I get the pun.
As is to be expected from Kathryn Bigelow, "Near Dark" is a movie that exists strictly in the realm of macho attitudes. Not only is the film’s story mostly intent on showing the transition of its male lead, but the co-lead female is also presented within a centrally male-driven gaze - her first scene consisting of licking an ice cream cone with high sexual implications. That Bigelow has all these elements of vampire fantasy and horror placed under a world of a neo-Western style full of silhouette and shadow makes for deliciously rich material to chew on; blood-soaked and miserable with undercurrents of deeply-felt dread.
Los viajeros de la noche.
Curiosa y modernizada visión del mito vampírico, más realista a lo que podría ser.
Un joven es mordido por un vampiro y pronto notará los efectos de convertirse en vampiro. Con fotografía muy oscura.
n ella vemos a unos vampiros huyendo de un sitio a otro, sin rumbo, simplemente intentando alimentarse y no ser encontrados. Algunos de ellos tienen conflictos morales, y un poco la base es esa; como sería desde un punto de vista realista la vida de un grupo de vampiros. casi tratada en su forma como una road movie. La película como no, es muy oscura, pero es que además la fotografía es tan oscura que apenas vemos las siluetas, y le…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Horror is a genre where a lot of up and coming directors make their mark. The audience might not be huge, but it’s dedicated. Serious horror fans will see almost anything, and they’ll seek it out themselves. No massive marketing budgets required, no huge stars needed to put on the poster. Sam Raimi did it with The Evil Dead, then went on to pretty much invent the modern superhero movie with his Spiderman series. Steven Spielberg did it with Duel, then went on to be the most financially successful director of all time. And while it may not have been her first movie, Kathryn Bigelow used the genre to get noticed in the early days of her career, with Near…
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