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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?
Es mag damals ein guter Film gewesen sein, aber unter heutigen Umständen ist es eher Vampirtrash mit guten Story Ansätzen.
Vampire movies will never be as cool as Near Dark. Never.
Bill Paxton tearing up a bar full of rednecks, Lance Henriksen threatening muggers on the highway. That motel shootout?!
The effects stood out a bit more this time - god damn Blu Ray - but it hardly ruined it.
The one thing that does bother me is the freeze frame at the end, it's the only thing that stands out as overtly 80's to me.
Apart from all the leather...and the hair...and Kathryn Bigelow. And Bill Paxton. And Lance Henriksen....
An interesting jumpstart into Bigelow's career, we basically have a new take on the vampire mythos (at that time, at least) along with Cameron's early influence on her work -- one obvious element being the presence of three "Aliens" actors as part of the roving gang of bloodsucking hellions. (I believe it's also Adrian Pasdar's first picture, at the ripe young age of 22; he's very pretty here, and it's no wonder Mae goes for him after he goes for her.)
The first bit of the movie feels aimless, just like the undead drifters it's following around -- and it ends a bit stupidly both in terms of the narrative as well as a solution to Caleb's difficulties.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Conceptually, a neo-western about grungy, redneck vampires - or more accurately, bloodsuckers - is right up my alley. And atmospherically it's a beautiful execution of that concept. Desert landscapes, leather jackets, the fog, the smoke, the horse - I had an excellent watching the movie unfold. Unfortunately the plot and the characters never left that concept page. Every gruelling turn this movie makes it makes to service the story and nothing more. The development is so weak our protagonist, Caleb, cures himself of 'vampirysm ' because he apparently he can and that's that. And I'm not one to care too much about plot anyway but it would as well if Caleb and Mae were at least interesting characters, but they're…
Stodgy, goofy goodness. Active directors in the 80s who don't have an entry like this in their filmography are universally boring.
Super strong direction, but other than that...
Tangerine Dream. An ensemble cribbed from Aliens (1986). Yep, we're back in the 80s ... Long before there was Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, there was Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark. Okay, yeah, I can remember the theater I saw this in and who I saw this with. But all nostalgia aside, this certainly deserves a spot on my B Movies as Art list.
But how would Raylan Givens handle Severen?
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