It finally happened. After three long years of behind-the-scenes turmoil, Near Dark has made its way to Gobbledyween. A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis joins Paul and Arlo to discuss Kathryn Bigelow’s 1987 vampiric Western, which reimagined the creatures of the night as filthy, lowdown rednecks. The gang discusses the influence Near Dark has had on vampire fiction, the late great Bill Paxton’s immortal performance as Severen, the film’s surprisingly conservative stance on biological family, and how surprisingly difficult it is to get ahold of the movie these days.
Next: Gobbledyween lives in a society. Greg Sahadachny joins us to talk Brian Yuzna’s 1989 satire Society.
Total Run Time: 01:33:05
- 00:00:45 – Intro
- 00:03:44 – Near Dark
- 01:24:22 – Outro / Next
- “Fever” by The Cramps, Songs the Lord Taught Us (1980)
- “The Cowboy Rides Away” by George Strait, Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind (1984)
- “25 Things We Learned from Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark Commentary” by Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
- “Bloodthirsty and Lonely in the Heartland: Kathryn Bigelow’s NEAR DARK” by Jacob Mazer, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
- “The Deafening Night: Kathryn Bigelow’s NEAR DARK” by Jacob Knight, Birth. Movies. Death.
- “How Near Dark Explores the Dark Side of Family Structure” by Nat Brehmer, Wicked Horror
- “Near Dark (1987)” by Roderick Heath, Ferdy on Films
- “Sunlight Through Bullet Holes” by Tammy Oler, Slate
- “Near Dark” by John M. Miller, TCM