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Near Dark (1987)

Adrian Pasdar , Jenny Wright , Kathryn Bigelow  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein
  • Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002NIAZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Out along the isolated highways of the Midwest they wait...the undead, eager for the blood of their next victim. Kathryn Bigelow's grisly horror tale follows a young man who gets drawn into a clan of outlaw vampires and is soon faced with a dangerous decision: Destroy them or become indoctrinated into their ranks. With Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, and "Aliens" stars Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Jenette Goldstein. 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary by Bigelow; deleted scene.

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110 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Great DVD! September 16, 2002
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Near Dark is one of those great movies that it seems no one has seen. I hope this deluxe DVD will change that.
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!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First And Best In A Different Breed Of Vampire Movie October 20, 2006
I find that usually, vampire tales - whether filmed or written - have to have a large dose of grandeur and mystique to the vampires to make them work (the "Underworld" movies; "Blood: The Last Vampire", various successful incarnations of Dracula, etc.) Even "From Dusk Til Dawn", which was anything but a traditional take on the vampire, had the creatures so monstrously impressive and in some cases so exotically alluring (ex. Salma Hayek), that Dusk sort of fit the bill too, in some weird way.

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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "He's Been Bit But He Ain't Been Bled..." July 7, 2004
"Near Dark" is one of those obscure cult movies that was overshadowed by a bigger budget, better looking cast, & special effects - the likes of the blockbuster film "Lost Boys".
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!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre and clumsy movie
I just watched this movie yesterday for the first time. I was disappointed with it after seeing so much high praise. I liked the old school 80s vibe and music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Friday
1.0 out of 5 stars Vampires that can be brought back to life - Ha ha!!!!
This movie which I just got finished watching was not a Very Good Vampire Movie - once you turned into a vampire you can *never* be turned back to normal. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie!
Great cult hit!

Love the legend of the vampires!

Bill Paxton is hilarious as a devilish vampire!

I highly recommend this movie!
Published 6 months ago by Michael Caradonna
5.0 out of 5 stars Near Dark
I have this movie on VHS but had to replace it with the DVD. This is a cult favorite of mine. If you like horror movies you must have this one. It never gets old or out of date. Read more
Published 6 months ago by LT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great movie such a classic. Watched this all the time when I was younger. The effects still look good and hold up even today.
Published 7 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cult classic....
This is one of my favorite "Vampire" movies. Especially because they never once say the word vampire! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, classic vampire movie!
This is a very cool classic vampire movie! It should be included in any horror collection of must see movies!
Published 7 months ago by John B. Goode
4.0 out of 5 stars Why this rating was a necessity
It was a very interesting movie in its time. For a vampire movie, it is very unique in some odd ways. I wish that I could have seen it during the time it came out. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Clarence L. Polk II
4.0 out of 5 stars The Anti-Lost Boys that never says the "V word"
A gritty look at vampire mythology that was pretty innovative for the day. It was the opposite of the sleek, Mtv-ish Lost Boys (not that that was a bad movie). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jack Tailor
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
We enjoyed this movie, but of course we're horror movie fanatics who love so many different kinds of horror movies. This movie worked for us.
Published 8 months ago by Jelly Bean
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Every vampire film is not twilight!
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
5.1 DTS-HD
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
Terrible cover
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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