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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.
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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Kathryn Bigelow (written by) and
Eric Red (written by)
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Release Date:
2 October 1987 (USA) See more »
Killing you would be easy, they'd rather terrify you...forever. See more »
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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1 win & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"We keep odd hours." See more (206 total) »


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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
Steve Doolittle .... leadman
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
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
Carey Loftin .... 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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94 min | Sweden:86 min (cut version)
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Did You Know?

When Severen and Jesse torch the motor home, Severen asks Jesse if he had remembered about a "fire that they had started in Chicago". It is assumed that they mean the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that left more than 100,000 people homeless and destroyed businesses. Though apocryphal legend attributes the fire to a cow who kicked a lantern, the cause still remains a mystery.See more »
Continuity: When Caleb runs from the bungalow with the blanket over his head, we see the bullet wounds to his legs. In the next shot we see the bullets being fired and entering.See more »
[first lines]
Caleb Colton:[crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in The Mao Game (1999)See more »


What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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60 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
"We keep odd hours.", 15 September 2003
Author: Backlash007 from Kentucky

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 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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