FINAL GIRL explores the slasher flicks of the '70s and '80s...and all the other horror movies I feel like talking about, too. This is life on the EDGE, so beware yon spoilers!

Mar 9, 2010

54:32 - Near Dark

11 comments:

Stacie Ponder said...

Man, it's RIGHT after the roadhouse scene.

andrew said...

Ha! I guess I have to retract my comment from the last post. Still, I have high hopes for 54:32.

The Creep said...

This is one of those movies I've been meaning to add to my collection for a while now. I think I've been a little resistant to fully embracing this movie because I liked the badguys more than the protagonists. They could have ditched Nathan Petrelli and his entire plotline and the film would have been better for it. Two hours of Easy Rider vampires killing their way through the desert would have been a perfect movie.

And the bad science behind all the blood transfusions always bothered me. Everyone was swapping blood at the end as though mixing blood/pH types wouldn't kill you faster than a bullet.

Am I over thinking this?

Stacie Ponder said...

Heh, it's probably best not to think on the science much.

Actually, Near Dark gets me thinking about movie scores. I love this movie, but the music is horribly dated. I don't know if anything can (or SHOULD) be done about that, like updating music every once in a while...eh, probably not. It's just that some 80s horror music is SO BAD (A Nightmare on Elm Street, I'm looking at you).

The Creep said...

Yeah, I'm not a big fan of synth scores, either. I don't think anyone who grew up in the wake of Jaws every really likes scores that don't feature full orchestras.

It doesn't help that synth scores are all about using state-of-the-art technology that is noticeably obsolete about 10 seconds later.

Was the Near Dark score by Tangerine Dream?

Stacie Ponder said...

Indeed, it's Tangerine Dream. NOT THAT THEY'RE DATED MUCH. :D

mrgordo said...

Actually, I kinda like Tangerine Dream. Not some much this score, but definitely risky Business & Firestarter, among others. did they do Sorcerer? that was good, too. Dated but still cool!

Chicken Wire, the Harbinger of Heavenly Annotation said...

Hey, Tangerine Dream's still hip!*



*The above statement is a total lie. Listening to a Tangerine Dream soundtrack is akin to watching a Punky Brewster marathon.

The Creep said...

Hey, a marathon of the Punky Brewster cartoon would be awesome. Or something.

Anonymous said...

But Wendy Carlos's "Clockwork Orange" electronic music still sounds awesome -- all analog, and handcrafted from individual modules, before the "synthesizer as keyboard with presets" came into existence and led to a thousand bad (but cheap for the producers) synth scores.

She also did Kubrick's "The Shining."

Rik

knobgobbler said...

One of my all-time favorite vampire movies... that takes a big dump at the end because of the need for a 'happy' ending... well, color me 'unhappy' with that stupid transfusion-cure bullshit!
I wanna see the Rob Zombie version...