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…
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.
“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.
Kind of like Twilight, but it's good and has a badass Tangerine Dream score.
“Near Dark” is as 80s as 80s-movies get. The blueish color palette, the synthesizer-soundtrack, the costumes, the atmosphere… it lives and breathes the 80s. As a huge fan of this peroid in movie-making, this part of “Near Dark” definitely spoke to me. Kathryn Bigelow’s direction is also really excellent. It is exquisitely shot, with some beautiful, haunting images and many dark, moody scenes. The cast is also (mostly) great. Adrian Paster is a little bland as the main protagonist, but that’s not really a problem when you got such a strong ensemble that features, among others, three “Aliens”-alumni (Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton & Jenette Goldstein), an enchanting performance by Jenny Wright, as well as a super-creepy turn by Joshua Miller. I…
The Blu-ray artwork sucks
The movie looks great, has a fair amount of action and really captures vampires in a different "light". The chemistry from most of the Aliens cast kept me engaged but the movie felt a little long to be honest. All in all though I believe its a slightly different look at a vampire film and one in which True Blood obviously borrowed from.
Bill Paxton, you sly dog. It figures that you would feature in one of the most poetic vampire movies this side of Herzog's 'Nosferatu'.
The first hour or so of this is one of the best things I've ever seen. It drops off but still incredibly solid.
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