|Directed by:||Kathryn Bigelow|
|Written by:||Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red|
|Cast:||Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton|
|Genre:||Horror, Romance, Thriller|
* SPOILERS BUT THIS MOVIE IS OLD SO YEAH *
They were vampires, right? Because let's see:
They burn up upon coming into contact with direct sunlight.
Feed on human blood as their only real object of nourishment.
They embrace the night and sleep during the day.
Are practically indestructible even when met with otherwise fatal wounds.
They never really did say (or at least I didn't catch it) that they were in fact vampires. What if this were a movie about a band of people who all happened to contract the same rare disease that bears many of the symptoms related to vampirism, but they are not necessarily vampires? Even the process of turning was almost instantaneous and there was no death.
^ This whole situation is either brilliant and this movie is smarter than it's aware of, or the whole vampire concept is pretty weak considering all it took to cure it was a little bit of old Kenny Chesney's Dad's Transfusion Miracle Juice and *poof* no more vampire symptoms. You even get to take home the girl as a way of the whole lore saying, "Thanks for playing!"
I'd really like to know how many lines the people in the editing room were doing when this film was put into the can I'll tell you that much! The scene when Homer runs out after Sarah, and into the burning sun, pay close attention to the car Jesse is driving ... or not driving ... or kinda ... ya know, parked while he's supposed to be driving it ... in the opposite direction. Ha ha! Fail.
But seriously folks, I did enjoy the movie. It kept me interested the whole way through and it was fun to see a film that I'd clearly missed back in the 80's. It's a hoot going onto imdb and checking out all the actors and everything they've done since and going, "Oh wow! It's that guy." I really love the idea that they never really confirmed whether or not the outlaws were truly vampires. Sometimes it's just a small lack of information that can keep the mystery in a movie and I always enjoy those moments. We don't always have to have a definitive answer to everything. Sometimes less is more and leaving up to the viewers imagination can really pay off.
Big thanks to Supermarcey for cluing me into this one. I had a really good time with it.