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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.
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 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.
In recent years one would recognize Kathryn Bigelow for her more politically-oriented collaborations which have received Academy Awards recognition: those two films being The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. I've admittedly put off Near Dark for the longest time because vampire fiction generally never grabbed my interest enough, but eventually I came around to having watched it only to have my expectations blown further away. Near Dark is not only one of the most compelling pieces of contemporary vampire fiction put to the screen, but it works the way many other monster films in the 80's have done so: all to a truly glorious effect.
From the way Near Dark is composed, whether it be from how Kathryn Bigelow…
80's Vampire Western.
Katheryn Bigelow’s Near Dark takes the aesthetics of a vampire film, the tone of a western and sets them in modern times.
Bigelow does a fantastic job of humanizing the characters rather than present them as mere monsters. For example, even the most pronounced characters like Severen, played memorably by my boy, Bill Paxton, manages to feel like an actual person rather than the cartoonish concept of what a vampire is.
In addition, I love how Bigelow goes against the norm of vampire lore and instead opts for a profoundly visceral, nightmarish approach. This is excellently displayed during the roadhouse sequence where Severen and Co slaughter and drain everyone inside a redneck bar. These creatures of the night are armed…
You'd never imagine a sun soaked western and a vampire film would make a perfect marriage, but in the hands of Kathryn Bigelow, the union is seamless.
Less successful genre mashes often end up undermining one in favour of the other, but that is not a problem here. There is plently bloodsucking, shootouts, horseback riding and everything.
The tone is also pitch perfect. The film is creepy, silly, cruel, sexy and romantic, but due to Bigelow's steady hands, they flow from one another perfectly. A joy to watch.
Fifteen for Halloween: 2016 Edition
Second film in a row on this list of mine that I'd say barely scrapes by as a "horror film", per se. Regardless, it's still pretty fuckin' phenomenal!
An action flick before anything else, Bigelow takes the road movie archetype and gives it a supernatural "bite". The roving band of vampire vagabonds (though they never actually use the word "vampire" throughout the entire film) are literally out for blood as they loot and pillage their way throughout the Midwest, with Pasdar's Caleb character wrestles with the upsetting ethics of his new existence. As gritty as it is emotionally nuanced, this is top-notch genre filmmaking at its finest, and I'm disappointed in myself for…
Hooptober 3.0 20/31
Twisting the sexy, sophistication of the aristocratic vampire into a rugged, grungy degenrate, Near Dark is about as 80's as vampire films get, right down to the mini-Aliens reunion in the cast (Bishop, Vasquez, and Hudson). There's a layer of dust and dirt over everything, including the actor's faces, and this subversion of vampire aesthetics is wondrous in today's era where all vampires are shiny, corporate overlords, or both. Importantly, at least to my recollection the actual word "vampire" is never used in Near Dark, but there's no mistaking what these neck-biting, blood-sucking characters are. And while Near Dark subverts many vampire cliches, Bigelow smartly manages to play their seediness parallel to erotic vampire tropes, just shifting…
31 Days of Horror
1987. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
Bigelow's first studio feature, Near Dark is a western horror hybrid that presents a unique take on the vampire while also overcoming its B movie roots through a strong ensemble and searing visual presentations.
Caleb is a cowboy who falls for a vampire named Mae. He's soon bitten and indoctrinated into Mae's murderous surrogate family. He continually refuses to kill, causing tension among the vampires, but his courage under fire is rewarded by a tenuous kinship with his new found tribe. His father and sister give chase and their arrival sets up a High Midnight showdown in which Caleb must fight for those he loves.
Near Dark is…
This movie fucks.
Film #15 of Neglify's Scavenger Hunt #19
Task 10/31 An Academy Award winning director
Near Dark is a film that I was completely unfamiliar with until recently. I’m not sure if that was just me or if this missed a lot of folks. It is strange that it was released in the same year as The Lost Boys because that one must have overshadowed it quite a bit. The two films are different but in a way, sort of identical. But Near Dark is still very 80s just the same and its very awesome too.
This is vampire gunslinger movie with a pretty great cast of B-list character actors as well as some faces I’ve never seen since. This is…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…