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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:
One of My Favorite Cult-Movies 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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Trivia:
The vampire mythology in the film is left deliberately vague. It is never seen if they cast reflections in a mirror or if they are affected by holy objects, roses, garlic, running water etc It is seen that they are extremely strong, non-aging, surviving on human blood, cold to the touch, destroyed by sunlight and fire but cannot be killed by most conventional methods.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Caleb is running from the motel and burning in the daylight at one point you can see the pipes running up the back of his jacket making the smoke.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Caleb Colton:[crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 17th Floor (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
NAUGHTY, NAUGHTYSee more »

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What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
One of My Favorite Cult-Movies, 13 September 2010
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Phoenix, the young cowboy Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar) meets the beautiful Mae (Jenny Wright) late night in town and she asks for a ride to her trailer. It is near dawn and Caleb brings Mae that is in a hurry; he asks for a kiss and she bites him on the neck. Caleb's truck does not start and he walks home. However, when the sunlight hits him close to his farm, he starts to burn. His father Loy Colton (Tim Thomerson) and his sister Sarah (Marcie Leeds) witness a van that appears out of the blue and kidnaps Caleb. He is introduced to Mae's family: the leader Jesse Hooker (Lance Henriksen), his mate Diamondback (Jenette Goldstein), the cruel Severen (Bill Paxton) and the boy Homer (Joshua Miller). In common, all of them are predator creatures of night that need blood to survive. However, Caleb refuses to kill and Mae gives her own blood to him to keep him alive. Meanwhile Loy and Sarah are looking for Caleb; when they meet each other in a motel, Caleb has to choose between his beloved family and his love for Mae.

"Near Dark" is earlier work of the Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, an original and gore road-movie and one of my favorite cult-movies. Mae and her family are never called "vampires" and they are very brutal and sadistic with their countless victims. Caleb is a family young man that is in love with Mae and is forced to live with these evil creatures. The plot blends romance, crime, violence, thriller and horror and the result is a great film. There is also dark humor in the lines and my favorite is when Severen says that he hates when his victims are not shaved. The soundtrack with the music of Tangerine Dream is another plus. I do not precisely know how many times I have watched this film but the previous time was on 30 December 2002. Unfortunately it has been only released on VHS in Brazil by Video Plus distributor and the image does not have good quality. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Near Dark – Quando Chega a Escuridão" ("Near Dark – When the Darkness Comes")

Note: Today (16 Oct 2010) I have seen "Near Dark" again, now on Blu-Ray that I have just bought. In the Extras, there is a 2002 documentary with the director, producer, lead cast and crew. Unfortunately Jenny Wright has not been located to participate in this nostalgic footage mandatory for any fan.

On 05 October 2013, I saw this movie again.

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