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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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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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At dawn they hide. At dark they wake. At night they search for blood...pray for daylight. See more »


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1988 (Peru)  »

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Cuando cae la oscuridad  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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£93,055 (UK) (10 January 1988)

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$3,369,307 (USA)
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Future husband James Cameron suggested to Bigelow that she use the ready-made ensemble cast from his recent hit Aliens (1986), and thus Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Jenette Goldstein all appear in Bigelow's film. Michael Biehn had also appeared in Aliens and was considered, but declined to participate. 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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FEVER
Performed by The Cramps
Written by Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport) and Eddie Cooley
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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and they didn't even say the 'V' word!
14 January 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

One of the best modern vampire flicks around is this stylish, funny, and all around adventurous cult classic.

Young cowboy is literally bitten by a beautiful stranger and ends up joining a band of blood-suckers who roam the American heartland.

Although Near Dark is often over-shadowed by the ultra-hip vampire movie The Lost Boys (1987), Near Dark is a far more juicier treat for horror fans. Eric Red, who also wrote The Hitcher (1986), gives us a seemingly old-fashioned tale of struggle between human nature and savage lust with a nicely spun sense of modernism. Not to mention plenty of touches of dark humor. It's a story that does well with avoiding the obvious clichés of the vampire genre. Director Kathryn Bigelow gives this film terrific style, not only adding scenic beauty but sharply creating plenty of intense action sequences. Near Dark also packs some great makeup FX and occasional gore. The entire sequence in the bar has became a favorite among many. Adding even more to the film is the beautiful music score by Tangerine Dream.

The cast is quite good. Adrian Pasdar is believable as our formerly-human hero. Lance Henriksen is genuine in his role as the leader of the vamp' band. However it's young Bill Paxton who does most of the scene stealing (and the comic relief) as a scary, yet cheeky vampire thug.

A modern vamp classic that delivers on all levels, Near Dark firmly remains a favorite of the genre and one of the most entertaining horror films of the 80's.

**** out of ****


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