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Near Dark [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.
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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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?Read more ›
After ages, Bigelow proved to be a better director than this debut, but still I think she does not have a real personal touch: probably she can shoot and direct like a man, but this is not an added value to me.
Sorry to disappoint her fans (I'm myself a fan of her, anyway) but you can watch it just to enjoy some atmosphere: not to find clues of her future successful career. The blu ray quality is ok, but nothing stunning
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
Getting To Quality, It's Great, It's Obviously Remastered, But This Has Hardly Any Age Spots Or Grain Present, Making It Feel Like A New Film, But It's Obviously An Old One When You Look At The References The Film Makes. All In An Excellent Piece Of Overlooked Cinema.
It is haunting and does what it aims to do. Not everything is great, and at times it can seem a little bit amateur and rushed, however I think it stands up well to the rest of Katherine Bigelow's work and definitely is worth a watch.
It is certainly one of the more interesting takes on vampirism I have seen, without ever coming right out and saying so, therefore it works as a parable to all the other things Vampirism stands in for, addiction, sex, ennui.
Overall a recommend this to all fans of genre film, however be aware that it is an older film and needs to be judged in that context.
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This film is a must for all horror fans. It does encapsulate many emotions.The acting is certainly good.It does draw some sympathy for the vampires plight. Read morePublished 2 months ago by johnboy
This film is a classic watch. An enjoyable take on Vampires with a cure !Published 3 months ago by Ms. S. J. Hennessy
One of the best vampire movies because of it's refusal to fit in with the many others. The vamps aren't glamorous, all-powerful, rich, or hip, they survive the best they can. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. A. Irvine
This movie was released in the late 80s, and remains arguably the best modern-vampire-as-protagonist tale ever made in my view. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rory K. Hughes