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  • Actors: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jeanette Goldstein
  • Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb. 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MCH7BG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,970 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A vampire movie with a western backdrop. Caleb is a farmboy living in the midwest of America. One Friday night he gets involved with Mae, one of a group of vampires who roams America in a Winnebago. Caleb has a week to make his first kill to become a fully fledged blood sucker.

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The word "vampire" is never mentioned in Near Dark, but that doesn't stop this 1987 cult favourite from being one of the best modern-era vampire films. It put then-unknown director Kathryn Bigelow on Hollywood's radar and gave choice roles to Aliens costars favoured by Bigelow's ex-husband James Cameron--Lance Henriksen is the leader of a makeshift family of renegade bloodsuckers, nocturnally seeking victims in rural Oklahoma; his immortal gal pal is Aliens and T2 alumnus Jenette Goldstein; and Bill Paxton is the group's deadliest leather-clad ass kicker. Fellow traveller Jenny Wright lures Okie farm boy Adrian Pasdar into the group with a love bite and he's soon turning toward vampirism with a combination of frightened revulsion and relentless desire. With Joshua Miller as the youngest vampire, Near Dark is Bigelow's masterpiece of low-budget ingenuity--a truck-stop thriller that begins well, gets better and better (aided by a fine Tangerine Dream score) and goes out in a blaze of glory. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
Katherine Bigelow reportedly wanted to create an old-fashioned Western movie... mixed with a vampire romance. The result was something that could have been a disaster.

Instead "Near Dark" is a deeply underappreciated little cult movie, which demonstrates that talent and originality in vampire movies isn't quite gone. Bigelow smoothly intertwines eerie otherworldliness with a grimy, gritty Western flavour, and spreads the resulting atmosphere over a clever, tightly-written script and some solid acting from Adrian Pasdar and Jenny Wright.

Small-town boy Caleb (Pasdar) encounters an ethereal young woman named Mae (Wright) on the street one night. They seem to be shyly hitting it off... until she bites him and leaves.

Before Caleb knows it, the sun literally causes his skin to burn, and he's been yanked into the RV of a gang of vampire drifters -- Mae among them. They're a pretty mean bunch, and even their leader Jessie Hooker (Lance Henriksen) gives him only one week to prove himself. But Caleb refuses to give in to "instinct" by drinking blood and killing his victims, which causes some problems.

Meanwhile, Caleb's father (Tim Thomerson) and the local police are searching for the missing young man -- and when Caleb manages to save the vampires from the cops, they finally accept him. But then one of them develops a crush on Caleb's kid sister Sarah, and Caleb finds himself torn between his strange new life and his family's safety. Even if he can somehow be cured of his vampirism, can he hope to destroy an entire bloodsucker gang out to kill him?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bookmyster81 on 5 Jun. 2009
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I saw this years ago late one night as a teen and absolutely loved it. Up until then I had thought The Lost Boys was one the gems of 80s vampire flicks but when I saw this I realised how wrong I was.

Don't get me wrong Lost Boys is great but Near Dark is exactly that, dark. It doesn't have any of the hollywood gloss that some movies have, it strips the genre down to it's bare bones and shows a brutal but still likeable side of life as a vampire. It isnt some big budget affair with tons of effects but that's what makes it so great. It has humour, atmosphere and a good dose of violence for good measure but it isn't over the top and fits in with who the characters are. The scene in the bar is one of my favourites...If you love vampires you will love this movie
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2014
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This is an extremely stylish, gripping and involving vampire/western hybrid, but it is also a romance between the two central characters, Caleb and Mae. The tale is set in the arid lands of the American Southwest. Caleb is a handsome and charming young fellow, and out on the town with his friends one night, he meets a girl named Mae. He does not know that she is a vampire, a member of a group of bloodsuckers, and that her job is to entrap men through seduction. However, Mae is actually attracted to Caleb and not faking her interest, and wounds him with a bite instead of killing him. He manages to stumble home, knowing that he is very ill, but not knowing what is wrong with him. Mae can't forget him, and despite opposition from some of her clan, the vampires admit Caleb into their ranks. They travel in a mobile home, the windows spray painted black or taped up, to protect them from sunlight. There are five vampires in the group, their leader is played by Lance Henrikson, and you get to know the characters of each of them. Each vampire has their own particular method of seduction, which is revealed as the film progresses. To test Caleb's commitment to the cause, the vampires press him to kill a victim, and this is where the film rises to a breath-taking level. There is a brilliantly staged bar scene, where the vampires attack the patrons, the style is very reminiscent of a Walter Hill movie. I won't reveal what Caleb does next, but the attraction between him and Mae burns fiercely and complicates everything. The closing sequence, when the vampires lose the protection of their mobile home, and find themselves in a final desperate attempt to escape, is beautifully shot and choreographed. This film simply oozes style, it has the feel of a Luc Besson thriller, but is in the horror genre.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Feb. 2013
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A strange, sombre film, there's a reason why Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark has a cult following. It tells its linear story with strict fidelity, mixing horror, western and romantic tragedy to haunted effect. You may be surprised by how moving it is. It's not a typical 80s horror film - there's no real jump scares or busty teenagers - aiming instead for a more emotional tale which, like some of Wes Craven's best work, explores family dynamics, juxtaposing a savage, murderous unit against a traditional one.
Adrian Pasdar plays Caleb Colton, a small town farmer's son. One night he meets Mae (Jenny Wright), a young woman who claims to come from a local trailer park. She's really a vampire, and in a moment of passion bites him. As he begins to lose his humanity Mae begs her "family", a gang of fellow vampires, to let him join them. The gang's led by Jesse Hooker (Lance Henrikson) and includes his wife Diamondback (Jenette Goldstein), psychopath Severen (Bill Paxton) and Homer (Joshua Miller), a child with an older soul. Meanwhile, Caleb's dad (Tim Thomerson) and sister (Marcie Leeds) go looking for him.
What's interesting about Near Dark is that it needn't be about vampires, necessarily. It plays like a serial killer film along the lines of Badlands and Natural Born Killers, where disaffected psychos roam across a lonely world. Caleb's reluctance to kill for sustenance threatens his life while the family, except besotted Mae, tire of him. The gang, particularly its male members, are characterised as heartless sadists. Jesse's a Charles Manson-like figure and Severen's an obnoxious nutter, a role Paxton seemed to specialise in during this phase of his career (see also: Aliens and Predator 2). The most intriguing character is Homer, whose torment is that he's a boy with a man's needs.
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