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…
Dug up this long forgotten treasure to see how it held up after all of these years.. not only did it hold up well it makes the current vampire offerings look 2nd rate!
Bill Paxton's "larger than life" performance reminded me once again of just how underrated he truly is!
The electrifying Bar Scene has been forever etched on my cornea's and is a fan favorite! My one and only complaint was the lame Hollywood ending!
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.
This is a diabolical movie. On the one hand some scenes are truly eye candy, even the artistic direction is spot on. To the contrary, the script is utterly bullshit. First half hour is a drag, but after that you'll be drawn to the screen by satirical gore. The laughing and yelling will repeat.
Vampire western? More like Vampire rednecks, Would have been more fitting for Lance Henriksen and Jenette Goldstein to go by Pa and Ma. The bar scene is memorable and Bill Paxton is awesomely over the top. But I was just annoyed by Caleb the whole time, and how have these vampires lived so long by making such stupid decisions, its like they've been going all "Natural Born Killers" style for a lifetime without getting caught. I wanted to like this movie but no, leave this one out in the sun.
There's plenty to like about Kathryn Bigelow's modern vampire Western, but I'll forego discussing any of that and instead focus on my love of Jenny Wright. I feel like she could have had a huge career, but for whatever reasons didn't. She was the pale specter that haunted my adolescence, and it was all due to her appearance in a mere four films: The World According to Garp, Pink Floyd's The Wall, The Wild Life, and Near Dark. It isn't any wonder that Adrian Pasdar (the flying guy from Heroes) was instantly smitten when he encounters her in Near Dark.
Second watch. The last act didn't seem so out of place this time around. There's something about the characters acknowledging their demise that's certainly coherent with the thematic line of the film ( vampirism as drug addiction/blood transmitted disease).
Near Dark ist ein Frühwerk von Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) und mit einer der besten Vampirfilme. Großartiger Genremix. Da hast dus Twilight!
Still think this is excellent. The bar scene in particular is a long standing favourite of mine and while I'm a little lower on it than I was previously, there's still so much to love here.
Fuck Homer though, that little shit is the worst.
in my room on vhs. new favorite bigelow.
Even if it wasn't intentional, this is still the only vampire movie I've ever seen where you as the viewer experience a true sense of isolation that becomes almost claustrophobic. So, it doesn't matter that the ending is absurd (yes, I know I'm talking about a movie that has vampires in it; that's no excuse) and it maybe drags on just a bit too long. I also thought it was interesting how they are depicted as nomads (which honestly makes more sense then rotting away in a castle somewhere, waiting for someone to sell the land out from under you).
Vampires who make poor decisions. The humans are pretty stupid, too.
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