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The word "vampire" is never mentioned in Near Dark, but that doesn't stop this 1987 cult favorite 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 favored 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 Terminator 2 alumnus Jenette Goldstein; and Bill Paxton is the group's deadliest leather-clad ass kicker. Fellow traveler 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 (River's Edge) 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
- Living in Darkness: a new 47 minute documentary on the making of the film
- Deleted scene with director's commentary
- Poster & still gallery
- Behind the scenes gallery
- DVD-ROM: Screenplay and screen savers
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The acting all around is great, well written as well.
I don't think it ever got the recognition it deserved, the bar scene is unbeatable to this day - anyone who loves Vampires and a good story should really like this film.
Lance Henrikson is one of my fave actors, though he didn't always get the best roles - still I think he is one of Hollywood's Best.
The others in the cast are very well placed , all around this is a Great Film.
the whole idea of placing vampires in modern times and having them come on as cowboys and driving around in a rv was brillant as far as i'm concerned.
the love interest between the hero and the girl is wonderfully played out. there is not real sex in this movie,which if not for all the violence and language whould probably rate this movie a pg13 or something.i'm sure the hero would have loved to get the girl into bed,unforunately for him the girl is a vampire and has other plans for him.
there is humour laced throughtout this movie and if you listen carefully you'll pick up on it. it's really difficult to make any horror movie and try to play it straight all the way through.to have tried that with this movie with all the intensity and violence would not have worked i don't believe.
it's a wonderful horror movie and i am please to see theyfinally released it on dvd. i guess voting for different movies via amazon to put on dvd does help.
do yourself a favor and purchase this dvd.
Maybe it was lack of expectations, but the latest DVD to get added to my collection oh-so-pleasantly surprised me. First off, it is beautifully packaged: two DVDs nestled among foldouts of characters and quotes, all resting in a lovely sleeve. Secondly, the movie itself was a treat to watch because it was the first time I had ever seen it in letterbox. Equally pleasantly was the way the film has held up over time, not becoming outdated the way so many horror films do.
Thirdly, let's talk about the extras. Oh yes, there are extras. A whole DVD of them; the original script, trailers, and the like. However, the real prize is the documentary that gives you more insight into the characters themselves, as well as the actors who played them. The most surprising factoids were how the film was cast. I am sure I'm not the only to wonder how so many members of the Aliens cast are in Near Dark.