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…
Dug up this long forgotten treasure to see how it held up after all of these years.. not only did it hold up well it makes the current vampire offerings look 2nd rate!
Bill Paxton's "larger than life" performance reminded me once again of just how underrated he truly is!
The electrifying Bar Scene has been forever etched on my cornea's and is a fan favorite! My one and only complaint was the lame Hollywood ending!
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.
Finally got around to watching this. It was alright. Honestly found it kind of dull though.
Also, as anyone who knows me will tell you, Bill Paxton is my nemesis and I have a hard time watching movies where he plays any kind of major role.
8/10: To all Twillight fans out there, this is how a vampire movie should be made! Kathryn Bigelow's second directorial debut - even back then her talents are obvious!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Near Dark (1987)
Now, Bigelow is always an interesting director, but she has never managed to interest me beyond that, and I don't even consider myself an expert on her, so I can end up being completely wrong once I delve deeper into her filmography, but this film, just like ZDT and THL, don't go beyond their premise in terms of becoming something transcendent beyond the time where it was made. Now, 'Near Dark' is still a really good movie, it manages to be one of the few decent horror action films of the late 80's while we were being boarded on by shitty sequels of established horror franchises (except for Nightmare 3, that one was awesome), this one…
I really liked what they were trying to explore here, if the pacing is a bit drawn out. A focused, intimate counterpoint to the epic vampire films of late.
A lot to like here, but there's not enough of it. The film is fattened up with slow pacing; almost a vampire take on "At Close Range." Paxton and Henriksen rule.
Near Dark (1987) takes place in a world where the word "vampire" doesn't exist, but boy oh boy are they around. Part vampire flick, part romance, part western, part thriller, this movie pack a punch for the relatively low budget it was shot with. Highly recommended if you have time to enjoy it, the characters (and acting at times) are a bit much, but I haven't seen another vamp movie like this one!
Bigelow's night scenes are exquisite, but the film is a giant contradiction because it pits a wet noodle with a stringent conviction towards inaction against a band of menacing vampires whose deaths appear to be based on their inability to wear watches. Each get away is made in the blink of an eye, and most of the menace deflates upon the baffling love scenes and lazy violence the vampires enact. Although the entire film wants to show us how outright rabid the vampires are in their total lack of morality (their necessity to shred apart their prey as essential as the feeding), the film never integrates this enough for there to be any fear that the protagonist or the sister are ever going to be harmed. In fact we receive a cop out that allows for the protagonist's dilemma to dissolve, and every act of violence is meted out against an anonymous dude in a bar.
Near Dark is a decent watch. I don't think it's quite worthy of the lofty praise that it's gotten, as I feel like the script has a lot of issues with regards to connecting scenes together in a satisfactory way, as well as having to rely on one of my least favorite tropes in order to get things moving (basically, guys who have been on the lam for a while and have done a good job of laying low, until this movie where they turn into loud idiots begging to get killed). I also feel like the character of Homer is a big missed opportunity in general, but I don't know if that's because the kid they got was really…
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