EVIL EYE Episode 2: NEAR DARK (1987)

The Evil Eye is a podcast about goth movies. What exactly is a goth movie? Film writers Samm Deighan and Robert Skvarla are two old goths determined to answer that age old question by exploring various genres including horror, melodrama, and film noir. Each episode will dissect a film that fits the goth aesthetic and explore the music and culture in the year that film was released.

In this episode, Rob and Samm have gone to Texas with the 1987 vampire cowboy epic Near Dark. A milquetoast good ol’ boy rolls into town in his pickup and meets the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately for him, she’s a vampire. She turns him and he gets abducted by her merry band of vampire outlaws. They raise hell, as only a group led by Lance Henriksen could, until they end up on the wrong side of the law. Shoot outs, bloodshed, and exploding vampires ensue. But the real question is… are these vampire cowboys goth? Listen in to find out!

MUSIC CLIPS:
Roky Erickson and The Aliens – “Night of the Vampire” (off The Evil One)
Dee Barton – “High Plains Drifter (Main Title)” (off High Plains Drifter)
Manfred Hübler and Sigfried Schwab – “The Message” (off Vampyros Lesbos)
Donald Rubinstein – “The Calling” (off Martin)
Martini Ranch – “Reach” (off Holy Cow)
The Cure – “The Kiss” (off Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me)
Fields of the Nephilim – “Preacher Man” (off Dawnrazor)
Tex Ritter – “Blood on the Saddle” (off Cowboy Favorites)

Rob Skvarla

Robert Skvarla is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. His focuses include conspiracy culture, fringe communities, and new religious movements. He has written for Diabolique Magazine, Atlas Obscura, and Philadelphia City Paper, and served as a programmer for the Cinedelphia Film Festival.
Rob Skvarla
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