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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.
I still can't figure out how these guys managed to live as long as they have if this was the kind of behavior they were getting into all along, but hey, the acting is strong across the board, Kathryn Bigelow already had some great chops as a director (come back to genre soon!), and regardless of how incredibly pat and convenient the finale plays out, the final scene of the film is still an all-time great. It always surprised me that Adrian Pasdar and Jenny Wright never got that big compared to the rest of the cast, but then I'm never one to fall in line with the mainstream selections potentially made in the place.
Great shootout during the 2nd (or is it 3rd?) act, otherwise just a so-so movie with a meh finale (the vampires turn into idiots, so do the humans for that matter for not anticipating that the vampires would come after them).
Bill Paxton is great in this. It's as if the punk version of him from The Terminator became a vampire instead of getting his heart ripped out.
Assieme a The Addiction di Abel Ferrara e a The Hunger di Tony Scott,
il miglior film sui vampiri declinati nel mondo contemporaneo.
La Bigelow ha classe e si vede, per un film importante che sradica il genere dei succhiasangue e lo trasforma in una allegoria di un'età e di un tempo, già nel 1987 il buio si avvicinava e oggi a trent'anni di distanza, è ancora più vicino.
Bill Paxton hmu
Future Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow(STRANGE DAYS,ZERO DARK THIRTY) collaborated with Eric Red(BAD MOON,BODY PARTS) on this superior modern day vampire film that is one of the 80s' best horror films,as it depicts a young guy(Adrian Pasdar) who meets a young gal(Jenny Wright) who leads him to join a murderous group of white trash vampire drifters who are led by Lance Henriksen and consist of (ALIENS co-stars) Jeanette Goldstein and Bill Paxton,and Joshua Miller(as an evil vampire kid) who travel from town-to-town brutally killing people for their blood. Pasdar tries hard to fit into their vampire lifestyle but learns that it just isn't for him as the police pursue after them and since they have no fangs,nothing is unable to…
The amazing bar scene at the halfway point is better than all of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN put together (and I'm saying this as a big fan of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN). It's also like a scene straight from a Tarantino movie long before there was such a thing. A true (and truly badass) action/horror classic.
Also: Tangerine Dream film scores for the win!
Extraordinaria en todos los sentidos. Narrativa. Personajes. Historia. Metáforas (Mae introduciendo a Caleb en el mundo de las drogas y alejándolo de su familia). Música (completa y absolutamente genial). Efectos especiales (Severen destruyendo el motor del tráiler que maneja Caleb, WOW).
Y por supuesto una cátedra de cómo contar una historia de vampiros sin caer en lo obvio, lo repetitivo y lo burdo.
Mis momentos favoritos:
El papá de Caleb cuidándolo y haciéndole la transfusión sanguínea.
Me enterneció y emocionó, MUCHO.
Caleb succionando la sangre de Mae (las dos veces).
Homer fingiendo ser un niño atropellado para cazar a una de sus víctimas.
Gracias @rotch por recomendármela.
Still so great.
Det här var en riktig mysrysare. Jag gillar att den inte är supertight rakt igenom och att skådespelarinsatserna är lite ojämna, den känns härligt ruffig samtidigt som den lever mycket på sin stämning. Klockren musik från Tangerine Dream. Jenny Wright äger den här filmen, och Lance Henriksen är sällan fel. Fick både Twin Peaks och Terminator-vibbar.
Movies that embrace an 80's-ish tone with synth or Vaporwave soundtracks or a neon aesthetic.
Suggestions are welcome of course.