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Near Dark (1987)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1988 (Peru)
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A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned on by a beautiful drifter.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Caleb Colton
... Mae
... Jesse Hooker
... Severen
... Diamondback
... Loy Colton
... Homer (as Joshua Miller)
Marcie Leeds ... Sarah Colton
Kenny Call ... Deputy Sheriff
Ed Corbett ... Ticket Seller
... Plainclothes Officer
Bill Cross ... Sheriff Eakers
... Cajun Truck Driver
... Bartender
... Patron in Bar
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Storyline

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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At dawn they hide. At dark they wake. At night they search for blood...pray for daylight. See more »


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1988 (Peru)  »

Also Known As:

Cuando cae la oscuridad  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,369,307
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1.85 : 1
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Future husband James Cameron suggested to Bigelow that she use the ready-made ensemble cast from his recent hit Aliens (1986), and thus Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Jenette Goldstein all appear in Bigelow's film. Michael Biehn had also appeared in Aliens and was considered, but declined to participate. See more »

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When Mae first meets Caleb she points out a star and observes that the light from it "might have been traveling for a billion years." No star visible to the naked eye is a billion light years away. In fact our entire galaxy is just 100,000 light years across, the stars actually visible in the sky only a tiny fraction of that. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Caleb Colton: [crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Referenced in Wir sind die Nacht (2010) See more »

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MORSE CODE
Performed by Jools Holland
Written by D. Woody and P. Simmons
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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"We keep odd hours."
15 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

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 country...you 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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