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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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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$3,369,307 (USA)

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Did You Know?


While shooting in the desert, Lance Henriksen relieved the boredom between takes by hopping in his car and taking short drives through the desert, still in costume and often staying in character. According to Henriksen and Bill Paxton, the two were stopped by a policeman who became so unnerved questioning Jesse about his speeding that the officer became visibly uncomfortable, stepping back and placing his hand on his firearm. The obviously flustered officer decided to send them on their way rather than write them a ticket. See more »


When Caleb approaches Mae for the first time. See more »


[first lines]
Caleb Colton: [crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Featured in Facts and Fiction in the Life of Mr. Henriksen (2012) See more »


Performed by George Strait
Written by Sonny Throckmorten and Casey Kelly
Courtesy of MCA Records
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One, two, four... BANG! Bullseye!
15 August 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best vampire flicks I've ever seen. These aren't your standard sharp fang having, flying, cool contact wearing, red cape sporting vampires. Rather these vampires look like nomads, leftovers from a roaming biker gang. They drive around in a trailer that has aluminum foil covering the windows to block out the sunlight. They drink blood. They spit out the bullets you shoot them with. They're a tad different than your classic vampire but different enough to keep them interesting. Fans of Cameron's Aliens take note, you have a triple score here with Lance Henriksen (Bishop), Jeanette Goldstein (Vasquez) and Bill Paxton (Hudson) teamed together again. Not too surprising being that Cameron and director Kathryn Bigelow have worked together several times on various films. Bill Paxton is hilarious in this, I have to say. Fans won't be disappointed. I really like this movie. It never gets old, the special effects/make up are pretty decent (nothing too fake looking) and the characters are more than one-dimensional, supported by satisfactory performances throughout. There's enough gore here to satisfy the modest gore-hound and it's entertaining throughout. Give this movie a shot if you're looking for something different. It's a hip vampire movie that works simply because it's not trying to be hip, you follow? Rating: **** out of *****.

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