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Indie Screams Goes ‘Near Dark’

Indie Screams Goes ‘Near Dark’ (photo)

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Long before Kathryn Bigelow won her Academy Award for directing the heck out of Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker, she was hatching a grisly tale out in the Oklahoma farmlands. Near Dark is a pupu platter of vampire legends, cowboy westerns, and biker movies, a combo in unskilled hands could be queasy-making, but under Bigelow’s charge it is a deliciously darkly erotic horror fest.

Adrian Pasdar, who you might recognize from his recent stint on Heroes, stars as Caleb, the hapless farm fellow who falls for the beautiful blonde Mae (Jenny Wright). Mae happens to be a vampire, but they don’t let this fact stand in the way of their love. I mean, if those crazy Twilight kids can make it work, why can’t every vampire human couple? Well one problem is that Mae’s crew of vagabond vamps are definitely not on the Cullens’ “vegetarian” diet. The head of the vamp family is Lance Henriksen, who is creepy as ever as the ancient leader. (I mean, there is no way that Lance is ever getting the lead in a rom-com, right?) Bill Paxton is in the mix, too (no co-wives, though).

This film marked Kathryn Bigelow’s first solo directorial effort and it is a striking one. According to IMDB, the film’s producer, Edward S. Feldman told her that if she couldn’t handle it after five days, she would be replaced. She handled it with panache and created a film so hard edged and violent that it would put most men to shame. When watching Near Dark it is easy to see the seeds of Bigelow’s Oscar-winning turn in the director’s chair. Clearly a woman who has no qualms about chucking a bunch of violent vamps in a Winnebago will have no issues blowing up a leading heartthrob in the first ten minutes of her film.

Watch the trailer for Near Dark and then tune in tonight at midnight:

Near Dark airs at midnight E.T., as part of Indie Screams

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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