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Near Dark -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Kathryn Bigelow (written by) and
Eric Red (written by)
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Release Date:
2 October 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Killing you would be easy, they'd rather terrify you...forever. See more »
Plot:
A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Bite the Dust See more (200 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Kathryn Bigelow 
 
Writing credits
Kathryn Bigelow (written by) and
Eric Red (written by)

Produced by
Mark Allan .... associate producer
Edward S. Feldman .... executive producer
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... producer
Charles R. Meeker .... executive producer
Diane Nabatoff .... associate producer
Eric Red .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Tangerine Dream 
 
Cinematography by
Adam Greenberg 
 
Film Editing by
Howard E. Smith 
 
Casting by
Karen Rea 
 
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
 
Art Direction by
Dian Perryman 
 
Costume Design by
Joseph A. Porro 
 
Makeup Department
Derek Howard .... sfx makeup artist
Daniel Marc .... hair stylist
Linda Nottestad .... hair stylist
Davida Simon .... makeup artist
Gordon J. Smith .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Mark Allan .... production manager
Joe Dishner .... unit manager
Brent Sellstrom .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy J. Louthan .... first assistant director
Ian McVey .... first assistant director: second unit
John Scherer .... second assistant director
Chuck Williams .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
John Bucklin .... set dresser
Findlay Bunting .... set dresser
Jay Burkhart .... scenic artist
Eduardo H. Esparza .... set construction
James Monroe .... set dresser
Alan Munro .... storyboard artist
Brett Palmer .... set dresser
Jennifer Pray .... set dresser
Thomas P. Wilkins .... scenic designer (as Tom Wilkins)
Eileen Winterkorn .... scenic artist
Gregory R. Wolf .... property master (as Gregory Wolf)
Chris Tashima .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lee Chaloukian .... sound director (as Leo Chaloukian)
Holly Davis .... sound effects editor
Ted Goodspeed .... sound effects editor
Grover B. Helsley .... sound re-recording mixer (as Grover Helsley)
F. Hudson Miller .... foley editor
R.J. Palmer .... supervising sound editor
Steve Rice .... adr editor
Steve Rice .... dialogue editor
Richard D. Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Rogers)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Steve Sollars .... boom operator
Don Summer .... sound mixer
Kelly Tartan .... sound effects editor
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
David Lewis Yewdall .... sound designer
 
Special Effects by
Ray Beetz .... special effects assistant
Al Broussard .... special effects assistant
Edward J. Franklin .... special effects assistant
Dale L. Martin .... special effects coordinator (as Dale Martin)
Joseph C. Sasgen .... special effects assistant (as Joseph Sasgen)
 
Visual Effects by
Bruce A. Block .... matte cameraman
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping
 
Stunts
Mickey Alzola .... stunts
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Bob Ivy .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Paul M. Lane .... stunts (as Paul Michael Lane)
William T. Lane .... stunts
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (as Mike McGaughy)
Eddie Mulder .... stunts
Stevie Myers .... stunts
Lee Poppie .... stunts
Kristen Suzanne Raden .... stunts (as Kristen Suzanne)
Michael Raden .... stunts (as Mike Raden)
Bob Terhune .... stunts
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Jerry Wills .... stunts
William Yarbrough Jr. .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chuck Colwell .... director of photography: second unit
Alicia Craft .... second assistant camera
Richard Crompton .... grip
Gary Farr .... still photographer
Ben Felthouse .... electrician (as Ben Feldhouse)
Robert Gray .... key grip
Khan Griffith .... grip
Scott Howell .... best boy grip
Jono Kouzouyan .... lighting gaffer
Kyle T. MacDowell .... best boy electric
Hugh McCallum .... grip
Michael Ohrling .... camera operator: second unit
George Palmer .... electrician
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
John Pierce .... electrician
Vance Piper .... first assistant camera
Lou Weinert .... assistant camera
Jack Yanekian .... best boy electric
 
Casting Department
Glenn F. Haines .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Tereschuk .... wardrobe assistant
Leslie Weir .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Sally Dixon .... negative cutter (as Sally Dodge)
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter
Mary Ann Skweres .... second assistant editor
Arthur Tostado .... color timer (as Art Tostado)
Grace Valenti .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jim Weidman .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Jeri Kelley .... transportation captain
Fred Robbins .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Larry Bartels .... double
Laura Cartwright .... assistant production coordinator
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Kim Deen .... production auditor
Lisa Etherington .... assistant production accountant
George Herthel .... location manager
Constance L. Hoy .... script supervisor: second unit
Henry Humphreys .... set medic
Carol Shapiro Janson .... publicist (as Carol Janson)
Karen Altman Morgenstern .... production coordinator
Connie Papineau .... script supervisor
Wally Uchida .... location manager (as Wallace Uchida)
 

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Runtime:
94 min | Sweden:86 min (cut version)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Unusual for a vampire movie, the word "vampire" is never mentioned.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the bar, when Jesse is igniting bottles to torch the place, we see several of the bottles shatter in their hands prematurely before they're thrown, obviously break-away props gripped too hard by the actors.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Caleb Colton:[crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
THE COWBOY RIDES AWAYSee more »

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What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Bite the Dust, 7 February 2010
Author: wes-connors from Earth

"Country boy Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar) whittles away the quiet rural nights hunting local girls - but, when he falls prey to the mysterious and beautiful Mae (Jenny Wright), Caleb unknowingly becomes the hunted. Mae is no ordinary girl, Caleb soon learns; she is part of an outlaw band of vampires, and their love is about to lure him into a terrifying world of blood-lust, mayhem, and absolute horror. Will Caleb pay the ultimate price for love and eternal life - or, will he find a way to defeat the evil growing inside him each night...?"

Here is a "vampire" film which is a little disarming because it operates outside the range of (once upon a time) accepted, recognizable vampire rules. These bloodsuckers do not bare fangs, avoid garlic, or shun the Christian cross. In a sense, the "Near Dark" vampires are a continuation of the genre's evolution - cousins of wrist-suckers like Jonathan Frid's "Barnabas Collins" and Anne Rice's "Vampire Lestat". Interestingly, "Barnabas" and the similarly reluctant vampire "Caleb" are changed by the presence of an innocent little sister named "Sarah".

Director Kathryn Bigelow, with assist from Eric Red, does a bang-up job with her vampires; slow moody shots and explosive action sequences are almost equally spellbinding. The film is paced beautifully, and is forgiven for some moments where it becomes difficult to suspend disbelief. The young leads are very attractive. And, Civil War veteran Lance Henriksen (as Jesse), bosomy girlfriend Jenette Goldstein (as Diamondback), sadistic pal Bill Paxton (as Severen), plus adolescent punk Joshua Miller (as Homer) set the screen on fire.

******** Near Dark (10/2/87) Kathryn Bigelow ~ Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

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