The New Cult Canon: Near Dark
The Kansas City Public Library screens cult films with broad appeal as the annual Off-the-Wall Film Series draws inspiration from The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment section for the satiric publication The Onion written by film editor Scott Tobias.
With The A.V. Club film reviews called The New Cult Canon as its basis, this monthly series continues with Near Dark (1987) on Friday, June 19, at 8:45 p.m. on the Rooftop Terrace at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Near Dark is the ultimate teenage vampire love story thanks to the innovations of writer-director Kathryn Bigelow, whose revisionist take on bloodsuckers seizes upon the grit of the traditional Western (and updates that genre as well). When a small town boy named Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) meets an attractive young drifter (Jenny Wright), he is adopted into a nomadic family of murderers. They lead him from a brutal barroom massacre to a standoff with Kansas policemen while trying to teach him to kill – and feed. But Caleb remains a pacifist, until his adoptive family targets his biological family. With Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen. Rated R. (95 min.)
Admission is free. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.
The Off-the-Wall Film Series advances its New Cult Canon theme on the third Friday of every month through September. Upcoming films include Fight Club (1999) on July 17 and Donnie Darko (2001) on August 21. Film goers are welcome to bring pillows and blankets or any preferred seating for this outdoor event. In case of inclement weather, screenings will be moved indoors to Helzberg Auditorium.