Hey there Los Angeles Fright fans! Time for another Friday Night Frights!

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Long before she was courting Oscars with Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, and even before hitting the director big-time with Point Break, Kathryn Bigelow decided to burst onto the scene with a vicious and grimy little vampire movie, 1987′s Near Dark. And as Ms. Bigelow is getting ready for battle at the Academy Awards, we thought it was a great time to explore her roots. Joining us for a Q&A this Friday is the wonderful and badass actress Jenette Goldstein and one of the best child actors of the era, Joshua Miller — who will be forced to battle me, Highlander-style, for name supremacy! There can be only one Joshua Miller!

Friday January 25th @ midnight.

Quoth the FNF power blurb:

1987 was an amazing year for young vampire love stories, with the release of both the flashy, angsty The Lost Boys, and this gritty ‘n gory western — one of the best fanged flicks ever filmed. Written by Eric Red (The Hitcher, Body Parts), and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (who would later win a Best Director Oscar with The Hurt Locker, and might again with Zero Dark Thirty), Near Dark was underappreciated at the time of its release, but is now regarded as a bona-fide cult classic, thanks in no small part to Bigelow’s muscular direction and Red’s crackling, ultraviolent script. Drawing from James Cameron’s stable of character actors (he and Bigelow were married at the time), the film boasts career-high performances from Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Joshua Miller, Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright and a scene-stealing Bill Paxton as arguably the greatest loose-canon psycho redneck vampire of all time. Wrap it all up with an ethereal Tangerine Dream score and you have one of the best horror films of its time. Join us in re-appreciating this blood-soaked gem from a director still on top of her game!

For theater info or ticket purchases go here.

CONTEST

I feel like this is fairly obvious, yet it apparently could stand to be more obvious: This screening is happening in Los Angeles.

As always I am giving away some free tickets (each with a +1). To enter all you need to do is send an email to wormmiller@gmail.com with NEAR DARK in the subject line. Include your full name. I will only be contacting the winners.

Good hunting!

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