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Near Dark suffered in it's initial theatrical release due to it's resemblance to The Lost Boys. They share a storyline (Hapless young man falls for a girl who turns him into a Vampire, and he's forced to deal with her crazy running buddies.), and even a release date; Lost Boys blew Near Dark right out of theaters, but Near Dark found an appreciative audience on video, and deservedly so. The cast is uniformly great, especially Lance Henrikson and Bill Paxton as the lead Vamps. The script, by Director Kathryn and Eric Red, is perfect- we learn little tidbits about the history of the Vampires, but we're always kept at arms length from them. We see them as alien and threatening, and they see us a food. Bigelow does a great job, especially considering it was her solo directorial debut. The only gripe I had is the Vampirism "Cure" which seems like a Deus Ex Machina, but that's a small quibble. The Tangerine Dream score also made some scenes seem really cheesy...FAR from their best work. I think an orchestral score would have been much better, but budget constraints....
The 2-DVD set is beautifully packaged, with a die-cut inner package inside the box, and a great looking (and informative!) booklet. The film looks great; As usual, Anchor Bay does great work on their DVD transfers. It also has a commentary track from Director Bigelow, which is kinda dry and technical. Disc 2 has tons of storyboards, a weak deleted scene, a new 47-minute documentary, cast & crew bios (Very extensive!), still & ad galleries, and tons more.
Near Dark is one of those films that has flown under the radar for FAR too long, and I can't recommend it highly enough!
The ploar opposite of the 'grand' depiction of the vampire is one that was very prevelant in the 90s and still turns up quite often today. The 'lowlife' vampire, with many of the supernatural aspects played down, the charisma and the mystery often missing, very human in appearance at all times, riding around in beat-up old cars and vans, and spending the daylight hours in cheap motels or the basements of bars instead of in eerier, more impressive haunts. Most of the movies in this vein I haven't really cared for (although "The Forsaken" - heavily influenced by the movie I'm now writing about, was a pretty good watch) But one movie in this vein - and I believe it was the first of its kind - really stands out, and that's "Near Dark".
Basically, a farm kid (played by Adrian Pasdar) of about - what, maybe 18 or so? - falls in love with a girl (Jenny Wright) of his own physical age, before learning she's a vampire. Wanting to be free of the vampiric curse, the pair is aided by the boyfriend's father in an attempt to become human again, which leads them into conflict with her 'coven' - a clan of not particularly awe-inspiring, but scary, believable and highly dangerous vampires led by Lance Henrikson in one of his best roles.Read more ›
However, this is one of the few vampire movies, save for Romero's "Martin" not to use the word "vampire" nor have any fangs, mirrors, crosses, garlic and the ordinary lot.
Young Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) meets Mae ( a young, Jenny Wright from "St. Elmos Fire" and "Garp"). Passion ensues and Mae "nips" Caleb.
Uh oh! As Caleb starts to "turn" in the sunlight of early morning, he is hijacked in a rickety Winnebago by vamp family, Mae, Jesse (Lance Henriksen), Jesse's woman for eternity, Diamondback (Jenette Goldstein), their little pseudo-son, Homer & savage & sadistic vampire, Severen, played perfectly and to the hilt, by Bill Paxton.
Caleb tries to fit in but just can't seem to get the "killin' part down".
His father, Loy (Tim Thomerson) and little sister, Sarah (Marcie Leeds from "Beaches") are searching for Caleb. Will they find him in time? Watch for yourself and find out!
Another cool thing that I noticed is when Caleb staggers through town, before he goes to the bus stop to try and get home, the cinema behind him is showing "Aliens" which also featured Paxton, Henriksen and Goldstein.
If you like vampire movies like Lost Boys or Bill Paxton, this is highly recommended!
Happy Watching and Unpleasant Dreams!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
some parts of this flick are a definite must experience. most of the movie is: meh. but you have to give respect to Kathryn Bigalow (James Cameron's wife at the time), this was her... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Really cool vampire film. The case was a bit weathered which admittedly fit the film's character, but everything inside was in great shape. Disc plays totally normal. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jaf94
Strange and gritty vampire movie, although the term vampire is never mentioned. For those that want to see something different in this genre with good performances from familiar... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roger H. Mitchell
My favorite vampire movie hands down. Bill Paxton steals the show. This is one of those movies that is more gritty and impactful than you expect.Published 5 months ago by Mack S.
No closed caption. Both the amazon specs and the dvd itself say this movie has closed captions but there are no subtitles in the main menu and the subtitle button on my dvr doesn't... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hugh Pickens
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It also should be said that those films were not made specifically for a teen girl audience either. There are very few comparisons with the "Twilight" films. Films such as "Fright Night"(original) and "Near Dark" have more substance and appeal to a larger audience.... Read More
May 1, 2012 by Metalhead Jay | See all 2 posts
|Near Dark Bluray: Extras?||
The Blu-Ray includes:
Commentary with Katheryn Bigelow
Living in Darkness: Making of..
Deleted Scenes with Commentary
Nov 11, 2009 by J. Burgos | See all 3 posts
|Anyone else getting "Profit" as the bonus disc?||
Hi, That just happened to me! The 2nd disc is the Profit disc (which is a series I remember by the way). I'm glad you posted this. Because now I'll contact Anchor Bay and hopefully I can get the 2nd disc with the Near Dark extras. Thanks!
May 12, 2008 by Hellion | See all 4 posts
Boy, is the "Twilight" crowd gonna be surprised if they get lured in by that abysmal cover! This, my friends, is a REAL vampire movie.
May 26, 2009 by J. Hall | See all 6 posts
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