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Near Dark (1987)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1988 (Peru)
A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned on by a beautiful drifter.

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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. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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farm | vampire | blood | van | truck | See All (309) »

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Vampires can only kill you once, but they can terrify you forever. See more »


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1988 (Peru)  »

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Cuando cae la oscuridad  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£93,055 (UK) (10 January 1988)

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$3,369,307 (USA)
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Both Johnny Depp and D.B. Sweeney auditioned for the role of Caleb. See more »

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When Homer brings Sarah to the hotel room, it is night time, and Sarah makes reference to how late everyone is staying up. A minute later, Severen goes out and gets Loy, and it is still night. Two minutes later, when the Colton's flee the room, it is broad daylight out. See more »

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[first lines]
Caleb Colton: [crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) See more »

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THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY
Performed by George Strait
Written by Sonny Throckmorten and Casey Kelly
Courtesy of MCA Records
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18 November 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

The musical question is, with Bigelow behind the camera and big names in front, how can you go wrong? The answer? This is, was, and always will be a B grade film done on the cheap with a small ensemble cast. As such it does offer historical interest for cinephiles especially since the idea of looking at the "human" side of vampires was at least 10 years ahead of the curve and that deserves credit. Ditto for the fact that script -- which is sharp in some places and terrible in others -- does not even use the word "vampire" which, for the era, was a sign of great restraint.

However that said, the truth is that this is not really a classic and does not hold up that well over time. There is also an internal imbalance, the first half of the film is much tighter and more coherent than the second, as money ran out during shooting which, given the era and the genre, might have actually happened.


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