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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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Homer (as Joshua Miller)
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Ticket Seller
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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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Cuando cae la oscuridad  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,369,307
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According to Lance Henriksen, he prepared for his role of Jesse by coming up with a background for his character and acting it out. The origin story he came up with was that Jesse was in the Confederate navy when he became a vampire. Henriksen painted his hair black with tar, since that was an actual thing seamen did in the 1800's. He then added broken fake nails to make his fingers look like the extensions of his finger bones and went to town at night like that while in character. He managed to scare a waitress in Denny's and a hitchhiker twice his size he picked up on the road one night. The hitchhiker quickly asked to leave the car as soon as they drove up to the first inhabited area, so Henriksen, without revealing that he was just an actor messing with the guy, gave the man all 80 dollars he had on him for being a good sport. Henriksen always jokingly adds that he was lucky, since the hitchhiker could have easily overpowered him in a fight and "make him cry like a baby." See more »

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Control cable visible during the car explosion. See more »

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[first lines]
Caleb Colton: [crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Referenced in Pumpkinhead Unearthed (2008) See more »

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NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY
Performed and written by John Parr
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Polygram International Music B. V.
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Bill Paxton stole the show
18 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film is obviously stolen by Bill Paxton and although the plot is very simple there are some interesting points of discussion for example the whole blood transfusion scenario. It is an enjoyable vampire western, however the word vampire is never expressed in the film. It neglects all the vampire clichés, and is impressive for it's time. It's quite obvious that films such as From Dusk Til Dawn and The Forsaken have taken there inspiration from this movie. The best scene is by far the bar slaughter. For Kathryn Bigalow's first film it is a triumph and a film to be proud of. I think that anyone who hasn't seen this film should give it a look, because it cleverly combines comedy, drama, horror and gore, but for people who are slightly sickened by the site of blood and horrific killings, be wary of Severens' spur to the neck slaughter.


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