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.
Near Dark is highly praised for being the best vampire movie ever made. However that's like saying that the Pinto is the best car that explodes on impact ever made. Its the tale of a farm boy who falls in love with a wandering stranger that's not like any of the other girls. He then goes on a wild ride with a gang of nomads in a van until sunlight wins the day again.
Well....we don't like this movie. We found it to be a colossal disappointment with some really misses. In that, the primary problem with this film is that Bill Paxton is incredible. You heard it. Bill Paxton does a fantastic acting job. He nails it. He's infectious. He's memorizing. "Why is that a problem?" you might ask. Because there's far too little of him on screen. His role is super limited and angered us. Hey Bigelow, we want more Paxton!
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This might be my favorite Kathryn Bigelow film. I love Bill Paxton as a vampire. Actually, everyone who plays a vampire in this film is great. But Paxton takes the cake as a psychopathic bloodsucker who likes to use his spurs on people.
Bigelow knows how to stage her action. There's a great set piece in the middle film and some inspired large-scale stuff toward the end.
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Even better than I remember. A kick-ass vampire-western that's as dirty as it is bloody. Lance Henricksen and Bill Paxton give big, outrageous and intimidating performances.
Good mix of Outlaw, Western, and Vampire. Really offbeat, nice 80's vibe.
Had a fun time w/ this one!! Not super deep but very stylish & atmospheric w/ lots of interesting takes on vampire mythology. Loved the wardrobe & the synth soundtrack was unexpected & cool! There are a lot of iconic bits, especially the bar fight scene.
Cons are that the plot is a bit ...sludgy? & Caleb is dull as hell; personally think it would have benefited from having Mae as the protagonist instead.
Anyway I enjoyed it & will pull it out again for sure!
Lance Henriksen. Fine.
The technical aspects of the film are fine but I had no feelings for the characters and in a love story, that's poison. Very Hollywood film in a bad way.
Some questionable aspects, but overall a cool film, with a great (though hardly subtle) score by Tangerine Dream.
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