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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:
Howdy. I'm gonna separate your head from your shoulders. Hope you don't mind none. 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:
Both Johnny Depp and D.B. Sweeney auditioned for the role of Caleb.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Homer brings Sarah to the hotel room, it is night time, and Sarah makes reference to how late everyone is staying up. A minute later, Severen goes out and gets Loy, and it is still night. Two minutes later, when the Colton's flee the room, it is broad daylight out.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Caleb Colton:[crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Soundtrack:
MORSE CODESee more »

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What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Howdy. I'm gonna separate your head from your shoulders. Hope you don't mind none., 9 August 2010
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Near Dark is directed and written by Kathryn Bigelow with Eric Red also credited for the screenplay. It stars Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein & Bill Paxton. The score is provided by Tangerine Dream and Adam Greenberg is the cinematographer.

A small Oklahoma town and Caleb Colton (Pasdar) meets Mae (Jenny Wright), an attractive young drifter. They chat, they flirt and just before sunrise she bites him on the neck before running away. Welcome to your new vampire family Caleb……

It's now written in scripture that Bigelow's Vampire Western failed miserably at the box office and quickly vanished into the shadow of Joel Schumacher's popular Vampo piece, The Lost Boys. However, thanks to VHS interest, the film refused to shrivel up and blow away when the sun came up. Over the years the film has garnered a cult fan base and been reappraised by many of the front line critics to great reviews. So much so that now it's considered something of an enigmatic & poetic classic that's directed by a hugely talented female director.

With its core story the film offers nothing new to the vampire sub-genre. The blood as a drug/thirst motif was long ago penned by one Bram Stoker. But Near Dark is not interested in traditional vampire mythology, this is a modern spin where garlic, bats, crosses and stakes are neither needed or thought about. In fact the word vampire is never mentioned in the film. This is, all told, a film about the human side of the night dwellers, we hop inside their blacked out bus and hit the road; along with the confused and conflicted Caleb. What follows is touches of savagery and touches of ethereal beauty-beauty that comes not from Gothic touches, but from dusky Western surrounds. Photographer Greenberg blending oater stylings with moody horror atmospherics, his light work carrying a sexy sheen that dovetails smartly with the "family" and their life when the sun has gone from the sky. It's seductive, it's what Bigelow wanted and got, the mood created helps us to understand how easy it was for Caleb to be drawn to Mae in the first place.

That Bigelow chose to hire Greenberg {and to utilise him to the max} obviously aids the film no end. That she surrounded herself with quality character actors was something of a master stroke. This allowed her to focus on the tone and flow of the piece, safe in the knowledge that Messrs Henriksen (great character depth), Paxton (a bundle of film stealing energy) and Goldstein (savvy) were carrying the film safely to its Western style finale. Lest we forget the efforts of then unknowns Pasdar & Wright, both pretty and perky, for they too instill their characters with a warmth and tenderness that belies the blood shedding that surrounds their coupling. It's also noteworthy that we are not being asked to sympathise with the addiction plight of the "family," understand? Yes, but never sympathise. Even if the poetic noirish beauty of it all can lure you nervously into its seductive arms and make you feel at odds with your feelings.

Not many knew it at the time, but this was to be a hugely influential film. One that now still shows aspiring newcomers to the sub-genre how it should be done. 8/10

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