Nocturnal Emissions – Near Dark
$13 General Admission
Kathryn Bigelow’s (Point Break, Zero Dark Thirty) 1987 vampire-western-action film is focused on a young man named Caleb who finds himself in a group of violent blood-sucking drifters after being turned into a vampire by the alluring Mae. The film stars Adrian Pasdar (Heroes, Carlito’s Way), Bill Paxton (Aliens, Twister), and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Pumpkinhead). Near Dark came out the same exact year as a much bigger, more popular ’80s movie about a group of roving vampires who lure in a young, naïve man to their bloodthirsty ranks: The Lost Boys. Lost Boys was an ’80s genre classic, thanks in no small part to Joel Schumacher’s vivid shots and that one scene with the greased-up saxophone man… you remember. Kathryn Bigelow was largely an unknown voice at the time and was only really known as being James Cameron’s girlfriend (and later wife). Bigelow stands as one of the few major female directors working in the field of big-budget action movies, and used this movie to propel her career past girlfriend status.
The combination of the American Western and the Southern Gothic in the movie, is one that I’ve never seen before and wish I saw more. The cinematography in this movie of the blazing hot sun contrasted with the near dark (see what I did there!) conditions of the vampire’s camper creates really beautiful scenes. Bill Paxton is on some type of substance for most of the movie, Lance Henriksen is at his most sinister, and there is so much leather in this movie that it’ll make your nipples sweat. Sure, this movie doesn’t have a sweaty, ponytailed saxophone man, but it does have hillbilly vampires, so…
“There will never be another movie like this. Watching Near Dark feels like being stranded in limbo with the mutant offspring of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Last Picture Show…” – Joseph A. Ziemba, Drafthouse
“…an almost ethereally scary Southwestern landscape populated with an assorted of Peckinpah-style peckerwoods, unwitting victims, maniacs and bloodsuckers…” – Michael Wilmington, L.A. Times, Oct. 9, 1987
About your host:
Isabella L. Price is a filmmaker, writer, costume designer, podcast host, burlesque performer, and horror film aficionado who currently runs Seattle’s only paranormal radio show, Nocturnal Emissions, on Hollow Earth Radio 104.9 FM. Price has held panels and presentations focusing on genre film at conventions like Crypticon, Emerald City Comic Con, GeekGirlCon, PAXWest and New York Comic Con.