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Trailers from Hell: Karyn Kusama on Kathryn Bigelow's 'Near Dark' -- Cowgirls, Vampires and Flaming Flesh!

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood August 8, 2012 at 2:28PM

"Kathryn Bigelow Week" continues at Trailers from Hell, today with director Karyn Kusama introducing Bigelow's 1987 "Near Dark," a vampire Western. As Kusama puts it, "That concept had been pretty much unexplored."
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Near Dark

"Kathryn Bigelow Week" continues at Trailers from Hell. Director Karyn Kusama introduces Bigelow's 1987 vampire Western "Near Dark." As Kusama puts it, "That concept had been pretty much unexplored."

For her second film, director Kathryn Bigelow's original intention had been to make a revisionist western, but when it became apparent nobody was funding horse operas in 1987 she and co-writer Eric Red decided to turn their project into a genre hybrid--a vampire western. Aside from Curse of the Undead (1959), Billy the Kid Meets Dracula and Jesse James vs. Frankenstein's Daughter (both 1966), that concept had been pretty much unexplored.  Boxoffice returns were unexciting, but it found an appreciative audience on video. A modern remake co-written by Bigelow started shooting in 2007 but remains uncompleted, having been put on hold due to its perceived similarity to the Twilight series.

A far cry from "Near Dark," the other Bigelow film with "dark" in the title, "Zero Dark Thirty," had its first trailer land this week. Check it out here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.