Sunday, October 28, 2007

Halloween Gorge-Fest, Day Seven: Near Dark

Movie: Near Dark (1987)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
...Who Went On To Make: The widely-known Point Break, the underrated Strange Days, and the Harrison Ford career-killer K19: The Widowmaker
Channel: Showtime

First Impressions: A good number of wild, fun, terrifying sequences, surrounded by a whole lot of tortured brooding. The good rule of thumb is that whenever Bill Paxton's onscreen, going crazy, cutting folks up, overacting like a motherfucker, being weirdly attractive for the first time in recorded history, the movie is good. Whenever fat-faced Adrian Pasdar is onscreen, being all whiny and indecisive and contemplative, the movie's not so good. That being said, it is a gorgeously shot film, with cinematography by Adam Greenberg, who nabbed an Oscar nomination for Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and then spent the rest of his career as DP on an almost unbelievable run of crap (Toys, North, Junior, First Knight, Inspector Gadget, The Santa Clause 2? Oh my God). Much of the movie is filmed in the in-between times of dusk and dawn, which is both thematically appropriate and aesthetically seductive.

Notable Edits: Nope, thanks to Showtime.

Scary Or Funny? When it's not moping around with Pasdar and his skinny vampire girlfriend, it's pretty scary, yes.

Best Killing? The entire sequence in the bar is the unquestioned high point, punctuated by Paxton's spur-slashing of the overmatched bartender. Everything that's great about this movie is wrapped up in that scene.

Future Airings: Tuesday 11:30 AM (Showtime)

Previously: Halloween, Evil Dead II, Pet Sematary 2, Hellraiser, The Howling, The Frighteners, Urban Legend, Hostel, Children of the Corn

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