Friday, October 21, 2011

Night 21 of the "Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween"

Welcome to night 21 of "Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween". Tonight we have a review of the next movie on our Halloween Movie List. Make sure to stop by our GIANT Giveaway and enter to win a goodie bag full of frightfully good treats from 17 different shops! But first lets get to our featured item of the night from Laughing Vixen Lounge.

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Night 21 - Near Dark

Tagline - Killing you would be easy, they'd rather
              terrify you...forever.

              Vampires can only kill you once, but they
              can terrify you forever.

              ...pray for daylight.

Directed by Kathryn Biglow (The Hurt Locker and Point Break) and released on October 2, 1987 by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (rated R). Cowboy (Adrian Pasdar) meets girl. Girl bites boy. Boy doesn't want to become Vampire. Ain't life rough?

This is a darkly fun little film about a cowboy who ends up part of a wicked and nasty Vampire family. Bill Paxton, a long time favorite here, steals the show. His "finger lickin' good" line is classic and he sports his best Jim Morrison look when he's hitchin' a ride.

Lance Henriksen also plays one of the family. If you follow horror you'll know him from Aliens, Pumpkin Head, Millennium (tv show) and lots more!

Some trivia about the movie...
1. Unusual for a vampire movie, the word "vampire" is never mentioned.
2. The writer and director both were intent on making a Western but realized that the interest in the Western genre at the time was almost non-existent, so it was recommended that they mix genres. Since the horror genre was in vogue at the time, the two decided to make a Horror Western.
3. As Caleb staggers through town, just before the bus stop scene - the cinema behind him in showing Aliens which also featured Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen and Jenette Goldstein.
4. Was the last movie produced and released by DEG (DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group) as the studio went bankrupt. As a result, the film did not receive much publicity during its release in the fall of 1987 which lead, in turn, to its box office failure.
5. Both Johnny Depp and D.B. Sweeney auditioned for the role of Caleb.
6. Michael Biehn (Aliens) was offered the role of Jesse Hooker but turned it down because he was not satisfied with the script.
7. According to the Making of Near Dark that appears on the DVD, the fog under Adrian Pasdar's shirt was caused by a complicated series of tubes leading to five lit cigars under his shirt.


  1. 5 lit cigars...that is awesome :) i find the movies that include actors familiar to horror, make for films with a sly sense of humour.

  2. I am definitely behind on my scary movies.

  3. Another "guilty pleasure" :))

  4. Wow... missed this one... have never even heard of it. I must remedy this at once!

  5. My boyfriend introduced me to this movie and i think we have a vhs copy of it,i would like to see it again! Very interesting that the word vampire was never mentioned.

  6. Never seen this movie, like the comments -put this movie to the Halloween list)

  7. I don't remember hearing about this at all. I'm intrigued that Kathryn Bigelow was the director. I'll have to check it out and compare her style to the Hurt Locker.

  8. I haven't seen this one either... boy, I'm getting quite a list for Halloween night...thanks!

  9. It was a okay vampire movie but I've seen better

  10. Hmm, I am not so sure if I should watch that movie judging from the cover...