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.
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?
Another Kathryn Bigelow movie that I’m catching up on to pretend I’m an expert come hurt Locker. Anyway, this one holds up a bit better than Point Break. Basically this was a hybrid of vampire movie, western, and biker movie, it frames vampires outside of the wealthy trappings of European castles and Louisiana Mansions and places it in an area of the Southwest reminiscent of Raising Arizona and My Name is Earl. That’s a cool idea and there are some pretty awesome scenes here. However it is marred by three pretty big flaws: it takes a good half hour to finally get going (a third of the running time), its budget is a lot smaller than it should have been, and it has a dumb happy ending which feels tacked on. Still, I’d say its passable.
A solid vampire film set against the west with silly and fun characters to follow.
"Near Dark" is thematically about hanging with the wrong crowd and at the core of it is just a new way to tell a vampire story. Bill Paxton and Lance Hendrickson are a great joy together and there is enough of interesting morality for a recently turned vampire.
A 10 out of 10 cast. A clever mythology. And one hell of a bar fight.
Mae reminded me of Layne Staley. HOT.
If the 1970s was the golden age of the American horror movie, the 1980s saw a collapse, the pushing on with worn out conventions, the regurgitation of slasher movie after slasher movie, the fall into easy pastiche and witless black comedy. Within this context Near Dark is a genuine attempt to rethink the genre while keeping within the 1970s horror movie’s fascination with the family. It begins superbly: a young man in small town Mid-West picks up a young woman, a stranger – the lines between playful courtship and sexual aggression are vague: but if we are aware this is a vampire movie it is not difficult to recognise a reversed sense of danger, it is the sexual aggressor who…
Things I liked about this movie: Lance Henriksen's braided rat-tail.
Things I didn't like about this movie: Everything else.
So boring I opted to finish the laundry instead of the movie.
A truly hilarious 80's horror film. Acting, special effects and nearly everything else screams the 80's. It's pretty enjoyable in how cheesy it is.
I was excited about Near Dark, but it left me almost totally cold. The scene at the bar toward the middle of the movie is the sort of extended fun I have with most 80s sci-fi or action flicks that I'd say I like, but it's a little too light on great details to be essential. Probably worth seeing, but not my cup of tea.
Film 18: Near Dark
Near Dark is an atmospheric, beautiful shot vampire movie. It has a different aproach and so don't expect violent transformations, but expect a western-like movie. Altogether is Near Dark a little Horror-light movie. Recommnended.
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