Near Dark (1987)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  2 October 1987 (USA)
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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
Thomas Wagner ...
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 <>

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farm | vampire | blood | van | truck | See All (156) »


...pray for daylight. See more »


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2 October 1987 (USA)  »

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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 is running from the motel and burning in the daylight at one point you can see the pipes running up the back of his jacket making the smoke. See more »


[first lines]
Caleb Colton: [crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Performed by The Cramps
Written by Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport) and Eddie Cooley
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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Bill Paxton stole the show
18 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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