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>
Before it became a cult favorite, the film had a showing at New York's Museum of Modern Art with Kathryn Bigelow in attendance. See more »
In the bar, when Jesse is igniting bottles to torch the place, we see several of the bottles shatter in their hands prematurely before they're thrown, obviously break-away props gripped too hard by the actors. See more »
THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY
Performed by George Strait
Written by Sonny Throckmorten and Casey Kelly
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Near Dark is near dead
-- This 1987 Vamp movie, states that it is a classic on the cover box, and perhaps it is. But this reviewer doesn't think so. First off the plot line, story arch whatever you want to call it doesn't really mesh all together. Jesse ( Lance Henrickson) and his clan go from bar to bar, killing people and stealing cars. Add in Caleb and his refusal to kill and you have would a good storyline. It just doesn't all come out as well as I think it could have. Though there are good moments, like how each member has their own way of attracting their prey. But their are bad, and I mean bad moments, such as a blood transfusion being the cure to vampirism. Um.. No, that simply goes against the principals of all vamp. movies. The body is dead, just pumping some blood back into it isn't going to bring you back to life-- see what I mean it is moments like that, that just grind against the good parts. The production looks mostly stylized and why it never really gets to the point of being creepy, or ominous-- you can tell it really tries to get there. The acting is very good, Bill Paxton gives a crazed performance as only he can do. And the rest of the cast hold their own. The special effects are typical Vamp movie effects, Karo-syrup blood and sun-light burnt skin. But one irritating thing, at no point do the Vamp's ever have fangs, they bite people, but no fangs?? Another moment that just grinded my nerves like nails against chalkboard.
-- Let's face it, there is only a couple of good vamp movies, Dracula, The Lost Boys, and Interview with a Vampire. to name a few. The rest are nuts, trying to recreate the vampire rules every time, some things can kill them, some things can't. It begins to become overwhelming. Unfortunately Near Dark falls into the bad category. At no point were the vamps, scary or even sexy in that shirtless Lestat ( Queen of the Dammed) way.
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