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Adrian Pasdar Adrian Pasdar
Caleb Colton
Lance Henriksen Lance Henriksen
Jesse Hooker
Bill Paxton Bill Paxton
Severen
Jenette Goldstein Jenette Goldstein
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Tim Thomerson Tim Thomerson
Loy Colton
Troy Evans Troy Evans
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Kathryn Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow
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Eric Red Eric Red
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5 years, 1 month ago at Jan 12 19:27
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Ferocious thoroughly tough and testosterone-loaded vampire-modern cowboy top-notch adrenaline-fuelled pulse-pounder action hard-edged, violent movie!
From beginning to end, Caleb (Adrian Pasdar as a James Dean-type ) is always all cowboyed out with boots with rowel spurs, hat, cigarette, and manly stud attitude.
Young cowboy Caleb is the male predator till he find Severen, a careless... read more

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4 years, 4 months ago at Oct 16 19:03
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I'm in the mood for an old school vampire flick with some great actors. Oh did you say check out Near Dark? Sure don't mind if I do. I can't believe this is the directorial debut of Kathryn Bigelow. This is what boosted her into a career that produced Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker. It should be quite interesting to see what she started with. Eric Red who writes here is also known for a few ... read more

Near Dark is as good as the genre gets

14 years, 6 months ago at Aug 17 16:16
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The best thing about this film (and it Must have been intentional) is that there is no mention of the word 'Vampire' on the box, or in the movie.

The entire genre of suave, sophisticated vampires drinking blood from a wine glass while listning to Handel with their pinky fingers extended was boring by the time someone got done describing it to me. Near Dark is a more gritty, realis... read more
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A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.
Release date: 8 January 1988
UPC: 013131212198
Tags: Vampires (44), Vampire (30), Horror (24), 1987 (13), Immortality (12), Gore (6), Blood Transfusion (5), Child Vampire (5), Oklahoma (5), Road Movie (5), Shotgun (5), Phone Booth (4), Immortal (4), Family (4), Police (4), Blood (4), Bartender (4), Father Son Relationship (4), Child Burning (3), Child Uses Gun (3)
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“I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but since I have a weak spot for Kathryn Bigelow's work, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though this movie has become a cult classic following its release, I actually had a hard time to really care about the damned thing. I mean, the beginning was not bad and they managed to deliver a nice mood with a nice soundtrack but, from the moment that Caleb turned into a vampire, it became just way too pedestrian for me. Sure,  it was still watchable but, in my opinion, Bigelow didn't add anything really new or interesting to the genre. In fact, the biggest issue I had was with the 3rd act which turned out to be even more tedious. Basically, somehow, out of completely nowhere, the main character managed to find a cure against vampir” read more

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