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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The lack of almost any material relating to traditional vampire mythology (at least as it related to how vampires were common represented in movies up to the 1986 time when this film was in production) except for their vulnerability to being burned to death by sunlight or common fires was intentional on the part of Kathryn Bigelow. She wanted to make the vampires into a cross between traditional horror villains and Western gunslingers, because that would make them characters who could drive the narrative--not least because of the also-deliberate denial of a traditional heroic role to Caleb Colton--but who were able to be, through great effort and sacrifice, destroyed by the film's conclusion. See more »
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 »
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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