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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 bitten by a beautiful drifter.

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Kathryn Bigelow
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Pasdar ... Caleb Colton
Jenny Wright ... Mae
Lance Henriksen ... Jesse Hooker
Bill Paxton ... Severen
Jenette Goldstein ... Diamondback
Tim Thomerson ... Loy Colton
Joshua John Miller ... Homer (as Joshua Miller)
Marcie Leeds Marcie Leeds ... Sarah Colton
Kenny Call Kenny Call ... Deputy Sheriff
Ed Corbett Ed Corbett ... Ticket Seller
Troy Evans ... Plainclothes Officer
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... Sheriff Eakers
Roger Aaron Brown ... Cajun Truck Driver
Thomas Wagner ... Bartender
Robert Winley ... 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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Vampires can only kill you once, but they can terrify you forever. See more »


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Trivia

Michael Biehn was offered the role of Jesse Hooker but turned it down because he was not satisfied with the script. See more »

Goofs

When Caleb approaches Mae for the first time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Caleb Colton: [crushing a mosquito] Dumb suck.
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Alternate Versions

The UK version released on video in 1988 was missing 14 secs of BBFC cuts:
  • Diamondback opening and closing a butterfly knife repeatedly before slitting the barmaid's throat
  • Jesse and Severen putting the barman's body on the bar and smashing bottles of spirits over and around him to fuel the fire while Severen quips "Hey, bartender salad".
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Connections

Referenced in Habit (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY
Performed and written by John Parr
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Polygram International Music B. V.
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mainly for cinephiles
18 November 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

The musical question is, with Bigelow behind the camera and big names in front, how can you go wrong? The answer? This is, was, and always will be a B grade film done on the cheap with a small ensemble cast. As such it does offer historical interest for cinephiles especially since the idea of looking at the "human" side of vampires was at least 10 years ahead of the curve and that deserves credit. Ditto for the fact that script -- which is sharp in some places and terrible in others -- does not even use the word "vampire" which, for the era, was a sign of great restraint.

However that said, the truth is that this is not really a classic and does not hold up that well over time. There is also an internal imbalance, the first half of the film is much tighter and more coherent than the second, as money ran out during shooting which, given the era and the genre, might have actually happened.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1988 (Peru) See more »

Also Known As:

Near Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Eloy, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$635,789, 4 October 1987

Gross USA:

$3,369,307

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,369,307
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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