NEAR DARK
1987, De Laurentiis Entertainment, 94 min, USA, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow

Teenage farmhand Caleb (Adrian Pasdar), smitten by pale young drifter Mae (Jenny Wright), ends up shanghaied by her strange surrogate family (Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Bill Paxton, Joshua Miller), who turn out to be a wandering clan of vampires. Caleb’s father (Tim Thomerson) and younger sister (Marcie Leeds) try to track him down, to no avail. Can Caleb detach Mae and himself from the bloodthirsty pack before he becomes totally transformed into a creature of the night? Writer-director Kathryn Bigelow’s breakout feature skillfully blends cutting-edge horror, gothic romance and a modern Western.


THE QUICK AND THE DEAD
1995, Sony Repertory, 107 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

Evil sadist Gene Hackman meets his match when a gun-slinging Sharon Stone enters his town looking for revenge in Sam Raimi's hyperkinetic Western. A stellar supporting cast, including Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lance Henriksen and Woody Strode, adds energy to this love letter to the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone.


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