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Near Dark (1987)

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A young man reluctantly joins a travelling "family" of evil vampires, when the girl he'd tried to seduce is part of that group.

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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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blood | farm | vampire | bar | sunlight | See more »

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In one hot hungry kiss, he gave her everlasting love. She gave him everlasting life. See more »

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2 October 1987 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$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 »

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When Caleb punches the truck driver in the bar, the driver goes flying. You can see the cord which helps pull the driver across the room and into the pool table. See more »

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[first lines]
Caleb Colton: [crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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MORSE CODE
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Written by D. Woody and P. Simmons
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"We keep odd hours."
15 September 2003 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Near Dark is the definitive vampire road movie. It's the most realistic and non-traditional portrayal of vampires in my mind. They're cruising the country...you know, just bored. And wouldn't they be bored? I mean if you live forever, wouldn't you run out of things to do? They spend their time getting in and out of trouble. And that's all they do. I love it. The cast (Aliens anyone?) is top-notch. Adrien Pasdar is as underrated as they come. He plays our likable hero who gets involved with our gang of vamps by accident. Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein (all from Aliens), Jenny Wright, and Joshua Miller are all perfectly cast as the nocturnal family. Miller, oddly enough, is Jason Patric's half brother and Near Dark was released just a few weeks after The Lost Boys. Henrikson is appropriately evil and Paxton's Severen character is highly quotable and memorable. Tim Thomerson and James Le Gros also put in an appearances. Eric Red's script is every bit as cool as his earlier road movie, The Hitcher. Kathryn Bigelow will go down in my book as having directed the best vampire flick that I can think of.

Note for genre buffs: The word vampire is never used in the film.


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