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.
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…
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.
“Howdy. I'm gonna separate your head from your shoulders. Hope you don't mind none.”
-Severen (Bill Paxton)
This is part of Sean’s Movie Club: A Crazy Experiment List – My review for Near Dark, the third film chosen.
Near Dark follows a mid-western farmer’s boy whom is reluctantly drawn into a vagabond, rag-tag band of vampires after pursuing a beautiful girl. Whilst it sounds simple from that brief synopsis, there is a lot more going on. It defies classification in terms of genre. Although at its heart Near Dark weaves an uncompromising and often horrific tale of a vicious vampire gang, it also seamlessly blends in elements of crime, thriller, black comedy and even some romance for good measure.
"Boy, you people sure stay up late."
Western meets vampire mythology with a Tangerine Dream soundtrack. a perfect set-up put together by Kathryn Bigelow.
The isolation of the cinematography, the dream like scenarios and the enough amount of violence, to tale a story about lust and existentialism.
Kathryn Bigelow casting was sensational from the lovely Jenny Wright, her selfishness guided by her loneliness put in motion a peculiar chain of events, the father figure played masterful by Lance Henriksen, the man can do no wrong in my eyes, to the bombastic over the top Bill Paxton. This is an awesome cast, full of big personalities and charisma.
Kathryn Bigelow Near Dark is unique in the genre of vampire films, it never tried to be romantic or a horror film, is just a story about a boy meeting the wrong girl in a chaotic dream world.
I watched this as part of Sean's Movie Club.
This is yet another film I would never have seen if it wasn't for this movie club. If you know anything about me, you know that I hate horror films. I can count on my hands how many I've seen in the past four or five years. However, I tend to put vampire films in a separate category because there's just something inherently sexy and enigmatic about the source material. I'm usually not afraid, I don't find the gore to be disgusting, and I enjoy the discussion that usually comes up surrounding morality and ethics. Near Dark handles all of this well, and is probably in my top five vampire films…
I remember watching this many many years ago, and didn't really remember it as anything more than a middle of the road vampire film. So it surprised me when I came across it on here and imdb and noticed all the 4 and 5 star ratings. I decided to give at a second viewing.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton, this film centres on the character of Caleb (Pasdar) as he tries to seduce a girl that takes his fancy (Wright). The pair have an instant attraction to each other and share a kiss. Unbeknown to Caleb, the girl is actually a vampire and bites him on the neck during the…
One of the best vampire films from the 1980s.
Damn, this is a fantastic vampire film. I really like The Lost Boys, but I think this is a bit better. Kathryn Bigelow does a fantastic job setting everything up, and the cast delivers in folds. Great, great movie.
Cool western vampire flick.
In 1987 this was a cool movie. Bill Paxton's Severn was nasty and mean and felt very different for that year.
Seriously amazing horror film. One of the best vampire films ever made. I love this one... and the Tangerine Dream score is awesome.
"We keep odd hours." - Severen
I've come across films with severe structural problems in my time, but I don't think I've encountered one quite like Near Dark. Instead of just petering out in its final act, it also falters for the first one too. Not a good sign, right? As it turns out, the middle act of the film is exceptional. But it's bookended by a painfully 80s wallow in synth scoring and tacked-on romance. It's an odd beast indeed.
What's even more astonishing is the fact that this is a vampire movie directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Famed for her more recent work in her Oscar-baiting contemporary war films and THAT 1991 surfing-bank-robbing-sky diving thriller, this is an odd…
Disappointing vampire film, some great shot blocking and set pieces however the entire film felt entirely flat to me.
The Lost Boys is one of my favourite films, so it is with a little bit of disappoint to me that this has almost the exact same plot - just swap California for Texas and a street gang for a pseudo biker gang. It is a shame because that plot beats are almost exactly the same and as such this failed to deliver many story-telling surprises.
But none of this makes Near Dark a bad film, in fact it is a very good film. Unlike The Lost Boys, this doesn't have any of the 80s camp and comedy that made that such an endearing classic. Instead this is a gritty, bloody and action-packed extravaganza of horror, thrills and explosions. Bigelow's…
Very entertaining and just with a small part of the story creates a vampire romance much more believable than the Twilight films did with 5.
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- The Shining
- The Thing
- The Night of the Hunter
This list has been incredibly difficult to compile let alone rank. I have a horrible feeling I've missed some notable…
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
- Rosemary's Baby