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.

Near Dark (1987) western cowboy vampire landscapes scenes

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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The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (1984) How The Blue Blazes Hadn’t I Seen This Before?

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First up please accept my deepest sincere apologies. Seriously how the blue blazes had I never seen The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension before I really have no clue! Yep that’s the title and yep it’s a wild ride. Big shout out going to the original card carrying Blue Blaze Irregulars member Todd over at Cinema Monolith. Thanks for giving me a gentle nudge with a tongue electrode.

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Who’s Harry Crumb? (1989) When Fletch Is Outta Town John Candy Is On Call

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When you need a master of disguise detective and Fletch is on vacation, who you gonna call? Well private investigator Harry Crumb is next down on the list.

Taglines – Nerves of steel. Body of iron. Brain of stone.

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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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Babylon (1980) A Movie That Helped Shape My Life Gets Its First US Theatrical Release.

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Babylon is one of those movies that helped shaped my life. One of those films that appear in your life at a certain age and hit that perfect note, right when you are discovering yourself. Continue reading “Babylon (1980) A Movie That Helped Shape My Life Gets Its First US Theatrical Release.”

Enemy Mine (1985) The Defiant Ones Battle It Out Like Hell In The Pacific

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Science fiction often finds the ability to tackle prejudice and racial discrimination through the medium of film. Brother From Another Planet tackled many race and slavery issues, District 9 had the theme of apartheid running throughout. Racial segregation swapped to species segregation. Even the X-Men series touched on prejudice with the oppression of mutants. It runs through many story lines from film to television and on the whole is played out thoughtfully with a deep underlying message. One of my favourite genres that tackles racist behaviour has been with the classic buddy movie trope. Like Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis battling it out in 1958s The Defiant Ones but lets flip it into space or something. Continue reading “Enemy Mine (1985) The Defiant Ones Battle It Out Like Hell In The Pacific”

The Brother from Another Planet (1984) An Alien In Harlem

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With his descending spaceship heading straight through Earth’s atmosphere. Our Brother from Another Planet has no choice but to crash land into the Hudson River. Losing half his leg, he emerges shaken alongside Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty. This alien visitor is humanoid in appearance and luckily looks like any regular black guy from Earth. He doesn’t speak our tongue, completely mute, we never get to hear his name. To all that meet him, he is The Brother (Joe Morton). Continue reading “The Brother from Another Planet (1984) An Alien In Harlem”

Android (1982) Video Store Action Heroes 4 x Action Packed Sci-Fi VHS Movie Memories

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Android had a tough journey to enter into my temporal lobe. Standing reading the VHS cover, it had excited this young Mikey with a saucy looking space romp. Sure to be boobs, some spaceships and going on the title it had to have an android. Yep I was ready for this. Handing over the empty cassette box to the guy behind the counter I waited for “are you old enough for this?“! A big smile, it didn’t come. To be honest I was quite tall and I’m sure the bored looking guy in the rental shop really didn’t care. Continue reading “Android (1982) Video Store Action Heroes 4 x Action Packed Sci-Fi VHS Movie Memories”

Millennium (1989) Kris Kristofferson & The Cyberpunk Charlie’s Angel

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Ex trucker Kris Kristofferson reminisces back to his old rig with a joyful smile. They were the days, stuck in a convoy traveling down the highway. Sat up high, blasting his horn and chatting to friends, Spider Mike and Widow Woman on his CB radio. Six years working on this new job as the chief investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board had taken its toll on poor Kris. Depressed, tired and desperate to get out, he’d promised himself a vacation. Maybe even quit all together. Continue reading “Millennium (1989) Kris Kristofferson & The Cyberpunk Charlie’s Angel”