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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 young man reluctantly joins a travelling "family" of evil vampires, when the girl he'd tried to seduce is part of that group. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An original and inventive cult classic 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)
 
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:
This film marked Kathryn Bigelow's first solo directorial effort and the film's producer, Edward S. Feldman told her that if she couldn't handle or didn't know what she was doing while filming after five days, she would be replaced. She kept the job.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Control cable visible during the car explosion.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Caleb Colton:[crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Devil's Rejects (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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An original and inventive cult classic, 24 January 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Released in the shadow of the higher budget and more audacious comic fantasy masterpiece 'The Lost Boys', Near Dark doesn't quite get the recognition it deserves within the horror genre. Although it's not as great as the aforementioned cult classic, Near Dark has it's own niche within the vampire sub-genre for being such an original take on it. The rules of vampire horror have been reinvented, changed or discarded completely and the result is something to behold. This allows Katherine Bigelow to do whatever she wants with the premise, and this makes for a very thrilling movie as we're lead to believe that absolutely anything can happen, which continually keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The story, which takes in various elements of common vampire folklore such as the transition from human to inhuman, follows Caleb Colton; a young farm boy that is taken in by a beautiful young woman (and you wouldn't blame him when you see her…), and soon finds himself battling with some strange ailment that makes him allergic to sunlight, shortly before being picked up by a rag-tag band of vampires that inhabit an old pick up truck. We then follow Caleb as he comes to terms with his situation and attempts to fit in with the pack...

For this movie, Katherine Bigelow recruited three of the support players from her then husband's fabulous 'Aliens'. Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen and Janette Goldstein bring life to the movie's core as the three major players of the vampire nomads. Bill Paxton in particular is fantastic as usual as Severen; the most pronounced member of the group. Bill is an actor that tends to get support roles that almost carry the film, and that's exactly the case here. That's not to say that Near Dark is only Paxton's movie, as Adrian Pasdar and the incredible Jenny Wright do well in the lead roles, as do the rest of the support players. But when the movie is over, it's Bill Paxton that sticks in your mind the most. The cinematography on show in Near Dark is superb and a delight for the eyes – as well as the brain, because Near Dark breathes a continual atmosphere of intrigue from the way it's beautifully shot. The music by Tangerine Dream is right on cue as well, and it brings a surreal, trippy sensation to the proceedings, which emphasises the dream-like state that our hero has been put into.

Near Dark is a vampire movie free of the usual clichés and one that makes it's own rules, which makes it must see for the vampire fan. I wouldn't recommend this movie to people who are new to the vampire movie from the off, however, as it's one that needs to be viewed after you've got used to the genre staples in order to fully appreciate it, but once you have got used to it; this isn't a movie you'll want to miss.

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