Do you remember when this classic was in theaters when it first came out, I bet most of you really do not. If you do remember you are one of the very few who do because this was in theaters around the same time as the mega popular "The Lost Boys". This like that film is all about a young man who is brought into something he didn't really want, and like that film has to protect his family from the family of vampires that are after them. This how ever though is more of a serious film were as the other was more of a over the top/fun type film. Don't get me wrong I love both of these films and consider both of them classics.
The story is all about a young man who is out drinking one night and comes across a young lady who just happens to be a vampire. I guess it is love at first sight because she does not kill him but turns him and convinces her family to take him in. Of course he has to prove him self and the film is all about that scenario, and time after time he tries but his human side keeps him from doing so. Of course there is a lot more to it then that and a lot of really negative stuff happens between him and them and things get great then. This film really doesn't feel like a vampire movie at all but more like a really good dramatic film that just happens to star a family of vampires. I think that the fact this film didn't do well really killed off this type of film from being made again which is a shame. This film did not really play to the usual rules of a vampire movie, I mean other then the day light thing and the blood sucking not much resembles other films in this genre. I even think that the curing thing that happens in this film is excellent, mainly because this is that type of flick.
Eric Red and director Kathryn Bigelow came up with a brilliant screenplay and created one of the most original films in not only vampire cinema history but in film history all together. Not only did this film have a wonderful people working behind the camera but it also had some great actors. The great Lance Henriksen is marvelous as the head of the vampire family, and his no nonsense take of the character really adds a lot to the film. Bill Paxton is brilliant as the wild crazy member of the vampire family who is all about killing people even if it isn't with his teeth. Adrian Pasdar who is the lead of the film and the unlucky guy who gets turned in the beginning does a really good job in this film and is very believable. Jenny Wright who is the love interest of Adrian and is also the one who turned him also turns in a good believable performance. Jenette Goldstein is the co head of the vampire family along side Lance and gives a wonderful performance, her truck scene is great. Tim Thomerson and Marcie Leeds are excellent as Adrian's father and little sister and really tie this film together. Everyone else in the film also deliver as there really aren't any bad performances in it.
The cast is really well put together and they work together marvelously, take the bar scene for instance. This scene in particular is one of the most fascinating scenes I have ever witnessed, me and my brother watched this again the other night and once again we were hooked. I think any body that has the chance should see this movie, especially if you have never seen it before. This set in particular is amazing as it comes with a great booklet, a wonderful audio commentary and a jam packed second disc with a great documentary and more. For all those who have already seen this should see it again, I know I will.
Released in 1987 with a dismal performance in the box-office after the release of “The Lost Boys”, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Near Dark” made its reputation through word of mouth and its release in HBO. The film had gained a cult following because of the way it re-invents the vampire genre and offers something fresh for horror fans. It found an ever-growing “cult” of fans that has swelled through the past few years. “Near Dark” is a simple … more
The cast is really well put together and they work together marvelously, take the bar scene for instance. This scene in particular is one of the most fascinating scenes I have ever witnessed, me and my brother watched this again the other night and once again we were hooked. I think any body that has the chance should see this movie, especially if you have never seen it before. This set in particular is amazing as it comes with a great booklet, a wonderful audio commentary and a jam packed second … more
The mid 90's were kind of a weird time for me. I was still sort of obsessing over vampires (after getting into the Vampire: The Masquerade role playing game, reading Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite for the first time, and getting into flicks like Blade and Dracula), I was just graduating high school, and I found myself with a job and actual cash to spend on stuff like comics and videos. I had just stared putting together my first movie collection when I began to realize that a lot … more
In 1987, two vampire movies were released. The teen audience went to see "The Lost Boys"; the older audience went to see "Near Dark". Perhaps unfortunately, more people went to see "Lost Boys" than "Near Dark", forcing the latter to drop off the face of the earth for years. Until 2002, actually. DVD wonder company Anchor Bay released a 2-disc special edition of the film, prompting a new generation of horror fans to investigate the film. One of them was me. The biggest problem … more
"Near Dark" is one of those obscure cult movies that was overshadowed by a bigger budget, better looking cast, & special effects - the likes of the blockbuster film "Lost Boys". However, this is one of the few vampire movies, save for Romero's "Martin" not to use the word "vampire" nor have any fangs, mirrors, crosses, garlic and the ordinary lot.Young Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) meets Mae ( a young, Jenny Wright from "St. Elmos Fire" and "Garp"). Passion ensues and Mae "nips" Caleb. Uh oh! As Caleb starts … more
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The word "vampire" is never mentioned inNear Dark, but that doesn't stop this 1987 cult favorite from being one of the best modern-era vampire films. It put then-unknown director Kathryn Bigelow on Hollywood's radar and gave choice roles toAlienscostars favored by Bigelow's ex-husband James Cameron: Lance Henriksen is the leader of a makeshift family of renegade bloodsuckers, nocturnally seeking victims in rural Oklahoma; his immortal gal pal isAliensandTerminator 2alumnus Jenette Goldstein; and Bill Paxton is the group's deadliest leather-clad ass kicker. Fellow traveler Jenny Wright lures Okie farm boy Adrian Pasdar into the group with a love bite, and he's soon turning toward vampirism with a combination of frightened revulsion and relentless desire. With Joshua Miller (River's Edge) as the youngest vampire,Near Darkis Bigelow's masterpiece of low-budget ingenuity--a truck-stop thriller that begins well, gets better and better (aided by a fine Tangerine Dream score), and goes out in a blaze of glory.--Jeff Shannon