Near Dark (1987) Aliens Crew Go Bloodsucking Berserk At The OK Corral

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Ok ok okay! Hold the press. New headline! It’s a shocker. Sit down, please. You’ll never believe it. I don’t believe it. Not sure how it happened. I place the pointy hat of cult shame upon my head and walk out the door to ponder on life. This here Wolfman had never seen Near Dark before! I had always thought I had… I blooming hadn’t! Surely? If anyone asked I’d reply I had. There I was sat happily “rewatching” this cult classic when it dawns on me that “hang on a minute I don’t recall any of this!“. Looking for the positives. How amazing that I got to sit and watch this for the time. My shame turned to joy and the smile returned to my face.

Near Dark (1987) Adrian Pasdar Caleb Mae Jenny Wright love story

It was the moment I realised I was looking at a young Nathan Petrelli from Heroes in a cowboy hat that I knew I hadn’t seen it before. Or maybe you know him as Glenn Talbot from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yes it was him. Adrian Pasdar plays Caleb Colton a young buck, a rancher living with his little sister Sarah (Marcie Leeds) and their veterinarian Dad, Loy (Tim Thomerson). Caleb is a player. He knows all the girls. Until he’s confronted and transfixed with the blond stranger in town.  Mae (Jenny Wright) is different. An captivating drifter oozing mystery and sex appeal. Caleb wants to tap dat ass. He’s totally unaware that she’s wants to do the same. Well, tap that jugular. You see Mae is part of a demonic RV wagon of traveling trailer park psychotic deranged vampires.

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I’d knew Bill Paxton was running riot in Near Dark as he’s on the cover all burnt up and crazy. Bill plays Severen. Actually in a more mega douchebag mode than Chet from Weird Science! Certainly more unhinged and demented. Well the whole bunch are murderous bloodsucking nomads. Lead by the charismatic elder Jesse Hooker (Lance Henriksen) and loved and followed by his beautiful, busty girlfriend Diamondback (Jenette Goldstein). ….. HEY hang on a minute! That’s three Aliens cast members together. Private Hudson How do I get out of this chickenshit outfit?“, android Bishop I may be synthetic, but I’m not stupid” and the big gun toting latina with the muscles “Anytime, anywhere, man!Private Vasquez.

Tagline – Blood is our life, Darkness, our feeding ground and sunlight, our eternal damnation.

Near Dark was made by the wonderful director Kathryn Bigelow. Known for The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and my favourite of hers, the sci-fi thriller 1995s Strange Days. You see she was dating Aliens director James Cameron at the time (soon to marry). So I believe he recommended this trusted trio. I read that Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) “I say we take off, nuke the site from orbit.” was offered the part of Jesse Hooker but declined, opening the part for Lance.

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What we get to see within Near Dark is a hybrid of sorts. It’s a horror movie of vampires stuck in a western.  Kathryn Bigelow’s camera angles and shots of the landscape scenery are beautifully captured. Though we rarely see the Arizona desert filming landscape in the light. Haa living up to its name, it’s Near Dark at all times. Apart from the group desperately escaping the rising sun so not to burst into an inferno of flames and the need, thirst, for blood, the word vampire is never used.

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As a genre mixing story of midwest cowboys vs vampires it works surprisingly well. You get a Mad Max meets The Lost Boys with added True Grit. Stetsons, spurs and all. The midway saloon fight is a one sided massacre of horrific proportions. It insanely violent. Extremely graphic and very hard to watch. It just goes to show how deranged this group will go to feed. No one is safe. It’s all an initiation for poor Caleb as he’s still coming to terms after being turned. Still the human spirit and love for Mae and his family is just hanging on by a thread.

Tagline – At dawn they hide. At dark they wake. At night they search for blood…pray for daylight.

Can Caleb find his way back to his dad and sister? Can he keep them safe? Can they help him? Will he be able to escape the bloodsucking urge? Can he and Mae become more than murdering plasma guzzlers? Well you all knew many years ago but maybe there’s a few out there in the light of day that need to come into the Near Dark to watch it. Let me know your thoughts on this one if you wish.

A Few Things I learnt And A Few Things I knew

  • Writed by Kathryn Bigelow and Eric Red. Near Dark would be Kathryn’s first solo directing movie.
  • Co-writer Eric Red would also work on Bigalow’s action film with Jamie Lee Curtis called Blue Steel. He also wrote the story for the Rutger Hauer’s thriller The Hitcher.

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  • Private Vasquez I mean, Jenette Goldstein owns a bra company for the more buxom lady, Janette Bras.  Yep of course I had to go and have a look. The slogan – The Alphabet Starts at ‘D’. Darn it! I’m slowly getting to a C cup. One day I might be able to shop there!
  • Oh one more member of the crazy gang is the sweet innocent young Homer (Joshua John Miller)!! What am I saying he’s just as psychotic as the rest of the lunatics. Smoking like a trooper with an evil glint in his eye.
  • Tim Thomerson is a bit of a legend on the cult film screens. Check out Trancers (1984)
  • The brilliant electronic soundtrack is by those film score machines Tangerine Dream.
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Incredible artwork

All in all I really enjoyed it. Especially spotting the Aliens crew. Though I did know Paxton and Henriksen were in it, I didn’t have a clue about Jenette, so that was a nice surprise. It’s fawled at times and the pacing is slow, especially at the beginning. But what a treat to see this cult classic for the first time and to be able add it to my blog.

Private Hudson –That’s it, man. Game over, man. Game over!

I’ll leave you with Diamondback Jenette Goldstein’s entertaining set stories.

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Warning Sign (1985) A Predecessor To Resident Evil Or 28 Days Later? Rage Virus

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By the end of his horrific day, County Sheriff Cal Morse (Sam Waterston) sat thinking to himself, maybe, just maybe, he’d rather be back in the murder and mayhem of The Killing Fields of Cambodia! Wiping sweat and blood from his brow he sank back into his chair. One thing for sure, he’d definitely prefer to be sat in his squad car eating Popeyes chicken.

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Forbidden World (1982) Sleazy Space Nooky And Hungry Mutant Monster Fun

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Bountiful boobies and softcore sex in space from the wonderful Roger Corman studios. Seriously what more could you want? Ok, ok, let’s throw in an Alien rip-off to add to the bonanza of mayhem. Get ready for a slice of sleazy science-fiction cult action fun and who really cares if it’s actually any good or not? Forbidden World is a sure-fire, it’s so bad it’s good space romp.

Tagline – The seed is planted… the nightmare grows

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X The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) Roger Corman’s Optical Science Fiction Horror

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X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes has to be one of my favorite Roger Corman films and one I revisit on many occasions since I first saw it in 1989.  I know the year because it was shown on British TV as part of director Alex Cox presents Moviedrome series that featured so many classic films. Check out my Moviedrome appreciation post I did a while back to see what it was all about or get a nostalgia fix if like me, you fondly remember the series. Continue reading “X The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) Roger Corman’s Optical Science Fiction Horror”

4D Man (1959) Bongo Beat Jive Catwoman In The 4th Dimension

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Dr. Tony Nelson (James Congdon) had the crazy idea that he could fuse a 4th dimensional state with pulsating beatnik bongos. Was he insane or visionary? It was certainly a maverick idea and beyond the realms of experimental science fiction. He would be ridiculed in his scientific profession if he failed. He rest assured that with the help of his resourceful brother, Dr. Scott Nelson (Robert Lansing), that the impossible could be achieved. Continue reading “4D Man (1959) Bongo Beat Jive Catwoman In The 4th Dimension”

Phase IV (1974) Saul Bass Intelligent Killer Ant Attack

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What better film to follow up Them on a double bill than with another bunch of crazed, demented six legged psychopathic ant nut jobs, the 1974 film Phase IV. This feature is filled with visually luscious images and gorgeous landscape design, it’s quite the wonder to look at. But please be forewarned that you spend the runtime scratching like a shaggy dog. Oh my fur was twitching and an itching like crazy right through this creepy crawly movie. Even the eerie music gets under the skin. Essential item to have with you whilst watching is a personal back scratcher or two, down a bit, ooo to left a bit ooo that’s it, that’s the spot. A big thanks goes out to Lieutenant’s Nina Barry and Gay Ellis from UFO in helping me with my itching, you did a grand job…. Continue reading “Phase IV (1974) Saul Bass Intelligent Killer Ant Attack”

Creature (1985) What’s More Scary? Klaus Kinski Or A Xenomorph Rip Off?

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Had to squeeze a turkey in, hey it was just christmas after all. Yeah Creature does riff on and rips off Alien but maybe it’s revenge for 1958’s It! The Terror From Beyond Space?  As you can well imagine Creature is off in another part of the universe in the quality comparisons. But was it really that bad? By this tagline it sure sounds badass.

Tagline – First you die. . .Then the terror begins

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It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958) It Breathes. It Hunts. It Kills!

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Yeah I was only 2 at the time but you would of thought Mankind landing on Mars in 1973 would of made a significant mark on the history books! I guess what with the end of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal in full swing that a crew of 10 landing on the red planet 54 million kilometers away, just ain’t all that newsworthy!

I bet it was down to the Science Advisory Committee Division Of Interplanetary Exploration covering up the facts. They didn’t want the first successful mission to Mars to be surrounded by….. murder! Continue reading “It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958) It Breathes. It Hunts. It Kills!”

Society (1989) Saucy Debauchery Cult Of The Social Elite

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What with Halloween nearly upon us it only feels right to jump into a horror and one with a big pumpkin sized barrel filled with pitch black humour instead of sweet candy. Not sure how I had missed the delights of Society, it had truly passed me by. Luckily I had my younger brother Dan to disturb and warp my mind. And what with the riot that was to come forth, I don’t know whether I should be thankful or not? hehe of course I was, it’s a total blast but I assure you, it’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s saucy, sexy and rather naughty and, without doubt totally utterly bat-shit insane. Continue reading “Society (1989) Saucy Debauchery Cult Of The Social Elite”

Lady In A Cage (1964) Like An Animal Orgy House Invasion!

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Opening with one of the best opening credit sequences I’ve seen for sometime, inspired Saul Bass on speed. Fast paced bold graphics flashing up harsh lines to the sound of suspenseful pounding free jazz beats. Then the credits change to strange images, with a sinister notion, with snap shots of photography close ups to unease you into this manic rollercoaster ride of a film. This is the sixties alright, the cinematography filming style and music let us know that straight from the get go. Continue reading “Lady In A Cage (1964) Like An Animal Orgy House Invasion!”