Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Near Dark (1987)
It's no secret that vampires are HUGE these days. With those Twilight books and now True Blood, they seem to be popping up everywhere and people seem to be more into them then ever. If you're one of those people, i've got a bit of a lesser known gem for ya to check out. You've seen The Lost Boys, From Dusk Till Dawn, Interview With A Vampire, and Blade, but what you may not have seen is the best vampire movie of all time, Near Dark.
I say best vampire movie of all time with the utmost confidence. This movie is a masterpiece and probably even ranks somewhere among my top horror movies period of all time.
Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) meets a unique and mysterious woman named Mae one night and they immediately fall for one another. Turns out Mae is a vampire and she's just 'accidently' turned Caleb via bite to the neck. Now, Mae's vampire buddies Severen, Diamondback, Homer, and Jesse give him a week to prove he can be one of them. If not, he will die. Or rather, he will be killed. Caleb's dad is on the hunt for his son and may be his only hope.
Bill Paxton stars as Severen along with Lance Henriksen as the leader of the gang, Jesse. I'm a huge fan of both and they're both on top of their game in this one. This is by far and away my favorite Paxton performance ever. Every line he spews is pure gold. "It ain't what's goin' on, son. It's what's comin' off. Your face. Clean off!" In fact, all of the characters are interesting, complex, and likable, which is rarely the case in horror movies.
Now you're never gonna hear the word 'vampire' uttered in this one. It's a more unique human take on the whole thing. They can still be destroyed by sunlight and heal themselves, but many of the typical vampire rules don't apply. And you won't see any fangs either. So if you're bored with the whole vampire thing, Near Dark is a lot more then your garden variety crap.
Wait till you see the infamous 'bar scene', where the vampire gang slaughters the patrons of a local bar. It's one of the coolest scenes in horror history and the casual pacing and execution of it all is amazing. Just one of the many awesome scenes in a movie full of them.
I can't exactly pinpoint why I like this one so much. There's just something about it that I absolutely love. The music is awesome. The atmopshere throughout is incredible. This film just plain fuckin rocks and you must must see it if you haven't yet. I can't speak highly enough of it.
You can watch the entire movie on YouTube, broken up into 10 parts, beginning HERE!
I also recommend :
Story Of Ricky