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Near Dark (1987)

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A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Homer (as Joshua Miller)
Marcie Leeds ...
Kenny Call ...
Ed Corbett ...
Bill Cross ...
Cajun Truck Driver
Robert Winley ...


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


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Release Date:

2 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Cuando cae la oscuridad  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$3,369,307 (USA)

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During filming, the cast and crew had to deal with a train that would stop at the same intersection every night. One night, Bill Paxton (in full make-up with half of his face missing) saw one of the train workers leave the diesel engine, and went up to him saying, "Hey, man, there's been an accident... and if you think I'm bad, wait 'til you see the other guy!" See more »


When Caleb shows Mae the horse, the man holding the animal when it rears is clearly not Adrian Pasdar. See more »


[first lines]
Caleb Colton: [crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Spoofed in The Mao Game (1999) See more »


Performed by Jools Holland
Written by D. Woody and P. Simmons
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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Bite the Dust
7 February 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"Country boy Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar) whittles away the quiet rural nights hunting local girls - but, when he falls prey to the mysterious and beautiful Mae (Jenny Wright), Caleb unknowingly becomes the hunted. Mae is no ordinary girl, Caleb soon learns; she is part of an outlaw band of vampires, and their love is about to lure him into a terrifying world of blood-lust, mayhem, and absolute horror. Will Caleb pay the ultimate price for love and eternal life - or, will he find a way to defeat the evil growing inside him each night...?"

Here is a "vampire" film which is a little disarming because it operates outside the range of (once upon a time) accepted, recognizable vampire rules. These bloodsuckers do not bare fangs, avoid garlic, or shun the Christian cross. In a sense, the "Near Dark" vampires are a continuation of the genre's evolution - cousins of wrist-suckers like Jonathan Frid's "Barnabas Collins" and Anne Rice's "Vampire Lestat". Interestingly, "Barnabas" and the similarly reluctant vampire "Caleb" are changed by the presence of an innocent little sister named "Sarah".

Director Kathryn Bigelow, with assist from Eric Red, does a bang-up job with her vampires; slow moody shots and explosive action sequences are almost equally spellbinding. The film is paced beautifully, and is forgiven for some moments where it becomes difficult to suspend disbelief. The young leads are very attractive. And, Civil War veteran Lance Henriksen (as Jesse), bosomy girlfriend Jenette Goldstein (as Diamondback), sadistic pal Bill Paxton (as Severen), plus adolescent punk Joshua Miller (as Homer) set the screen on fire.

******** Near Dark (10/2/87) Kathryn Bigelow ~ Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

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