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.
Surprised on the re-watch by how many film noir elements it incorporates alongside the blending of horror and western genres. I also found myself more invested in the love story.
Cf. No Country for Old Men
Much more of a hang-out flick than an actual story, but it's got one heck of an appealing tone.
Slick, gory and stylish Vampire movie set in the West that understands what makes vampires so fucking cool by pitting them as outlaws, capturing what makes them so tantalising to audiences and ultimately what makes them so threatening. It doesn't make the most amount of sense, and there is one child actor who is particularly annoying (one the flipside there's a good one in here as well that you spend a lot of time with) but the film is really just going for fun and hyper stylish.
Props for featuring a scene where a kid sets ablaze alive and then explodes. Partiularly brutal.
second best vampire movie ever!
Southern vampires. Hit me, baby.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The ending is beyond bad.
Basically what I guess you'd expect if you made a modern western movie about vampires, but it's also really really moody. Also the gross little brother from Teen Witch is in it, and all I could think about every time he was on screen is how gross he was in that.
Near Dark is an early Kathryn Bigelow vampire movie, and apparently it has quite the cult following. It's not hard to see why, because the film is really cool, with lots of style, a distinctly 80's soundtrack and a bar scene that really stands out.
The cast is fine as well, and Jenny Wright is the one who stands out. I knew there was something familiar about her, but it wasn't until I looked her up that I realized she plays Bob Geldof's American groupie in Pink Floyd - The Wall. The relationship between her and Adrian Pasdar's character isn't much to write home about, at least not at first, but somehow I started to buy it towards the end.…
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