Near Dark (1987) Script

[Insect buzzing]



Dumb suck.


Get off that truck, son. Oh, i'm sorry I put a dent in it...

Right up by the light there; I'm sorry.

[Mumbles] You son of a bitch.

Okay. Okay, come on. Go ahead. Go ahead.

Give it your best shot. Go ahead.

What the hell's eatin' you? Chuckles Your mama.

You wish. I wish i may, I wish i might.

Wish i was a thousand miles From here tonight.

Well, take off. Might just. You didn't Get me a beer, did you?

You're gonna have to support Your own bad habits.

You are a selfish on of a bitch.

What are you lookin' at? Turn around And feast your eyes.

I'm dreamin'. Well, you can go ahead And keep on dreamin', son.

Would you look at him?

Can i have a bite? Bite?

I'm just dyin' for a cone. Dyin'?

You're not from Around here, are ya? No.

You got a name? It's mae.

Mae. Well, That's a nice name.

I mean, it's pretty.

Where you from, mae? You ever heard of sweetwater?

It's down near snyder, Isn't it? Texas.

Who you out here with? Friends.

Boyfriend? - friends.

I'm just stayin' At the trailer parkDown by the highway.

Oh, yeah?

I need a lift home.

My name's caleb.

Now that's A real nice name.

Yeah. You sure are pretty.

I guess everybody Tells you that, huh?

You got a boyfriend? Sometimes.

What about other times? What about 'em?

I mean, i don't have A girlfriend. Exactly. That's too bad.

You plan to stay around For a while? Not long.

You're not leaving tonight? No.

You think maybe- There's a show down-Shh.

What? Here? Stop the truck.

Yeah. Now. - [tires screech]

There's somethin' I want to show you.

There's somethin' You want to show me? Yeah. The night.

What about it? It's dark.

I noticed. It's also bright. It'll blind you.

I can't see.

Well, listen.

Do you hear it?

I'm listenin'. I don't hear nothin'. Listen hard. Do you hear it?

Hear what? The night. It's deafening.

Well, i'll hold your ears.

Listen hard.

I sure haven't met Many girls like you.

No, you haven't met Any girls like me.

Look up.

Stars See that one?

First one i laid my eyes on.

The light that's leavin' That star right now...

Will take a billion years To get down here.

You want to know why you've Never met a girl like meBefore?

Yeah. Why? Because i'll still be here When the light from that star...

Gets down here to earth In a billion years.

That sounds like fun. It is.

I'd like To be there too. Maybe.


Well, who knows?

I sure haven't met Any girls like you No. No, you sure haven't.

You ain't in Any hurry, are you? Never hurry.

I see. You want To listen to the radio?

See if i can Find somethin'.

[Tuning radio] ???? [country]

How's that?

Where we going? You'll see.

I don't like Surprises, caleb.

Oh, you're gonna Like this one. Trust me.


I'm gonna introduce you To a friend of mine. All right?

I want you To close your eyes.

Close your eyes.


Keep your eyes closed.


[Caleb]What's wrong, boy? What's the matter with you?

Horses just don't like me.

No kiddin'. Why not?

They just don't. That's all right.

You're pretty strong. Yeah. Stronger than you.


What is it? What's wrong?

What time is it? I don't know.

What time do you Got to be home?

Honey, dawn Is a long ways off.

We got plenty of time.

Take me home, caleb.

What's the rush, mae? I have to go.

[Rooster crowing]

Hurry, caleb. Hurry! What is it?

I don't understand What's goin' on.

Let's go. Let's go. Okay.

Just a couple more miles. I can get there. They'll never know.

I didn't notice the time. What is buggin' you anyway?

It's your daddy, right? You don't get home on time, He's gonna give you a

Don't you worry about it. I'll just tell him The car broke down.

Just get me home!

Maybe i will. But you're gonna Have to kiss me first.

Come on, mae. Just a little touch. I ain't askin' for much.


Mae. Mae!

Sure was some kiss.

[Engine cranking]


Hey, dad, there's caleb.

About time he came home.

Daddy, he looks sick. What'd you say, darlin'?



[Tires screeching] Gotcha!



Howdy. [Grunts]

I'm gonna separate your head From your shoulders. Hope you don't mind none.

You put a hurtin' on us, Mae, but good. It was sort of an accident.

Nah, that was sloppy, mae. Real sloppy.

Let me do it, jesse. Let me tap dance on him, Won't ya?

It'll be so good. Do it, fast.

All right! Yeah. Let the good times roll.

Whoo! - no!

Him? - what the fuck Is goin' on?

It ain't what's goin' on, Son, it's what's comin' off Your face, clean off.

[Hisses] well, you might as well Just kill me then too.

How you figure that? 'cause he's been bit But he ain't been bled.

Ah, shit! He's turned by now.

Son of a bitch, jess.

He's turned. He comes with us.


It's all right.

You see these tire marks? That's four hours And nine minutes ago.

Meanin', lf they're on the highway At a steady 55, That puts 'em clear In the next damn state.

I wanna know what you boys Are doin' about that.

[Crickets chirping]

Look, i'll take care of it. [Boy]You can't, mae.

I turned you, I taught you.

Well, i turned him And i'll teach him.

What's the matter, homer, You jealous?

A little too little To be jealous.

You have any idea What it's like to beA big man on the inside...

And have a small body On the outside?

You have any idea What it's like to hear About it every night?

It's risky as shit, jess. He fucks up, it's our ass.

It's our ass, mae, It's your ass. You wanna give him a week?

Then it's decided. We give him a week to see If we can call him one of us.

Cut the shit. I know you're awake. I can smell it.

You slap me if i'm sleepin', Cause i wanna wake up.

Guess what?

Who the hell Are you people?

I'm jesse hooker. I believe you already Met mae.


I'm you're worst Fuckin' nightmare.


And i'm homer. That's h-O-m-e-r. [grunts]

Mispronounce it And i wouldn't wantTo be you.

Oh, baby, You are beautiful. Hmm?

Whoo! All right! [gunshots]

[Laughing] - [gunshots]

Hey, jesse, remember that Fire we started in chicago?

Let's get a move on. I think it's burnin'. [gunshot]


[Severen] Bombs away, little buddy.

Whoo! Come on, jesse.

[Imitating motor]

I don't feel so well.

I know. No, you don't.

Look, i don't understand What's goin' on here.

I like you. I really do.

But i gotta get home.

I'm sorry.

Let me go.

You won't get very far. We'll see.

I'll be seein' ya.

Before long.

Excuse me.

When's your next bus To fixx, oklahoma?

Where the hell is fixx?

Well, the nearest City's lauden.


Gate 12, 15 minutes, $14.


Um, i only have 11. [chuckles]

I got a bus ticket for 14.

Can you give me a break? I gotta get home.

You're three bucks shy.


What seems to be The problem, kid?

No problem.

[Coughs]I'm just $3.OO short For a bus ticket home.

Can you help me out?

Well, i got this.

Great. Come this way, please.

What's the problem? You.

You're not looking Too good, kid.

I ain't feelin' Too good, sir. What are you on?

You wouldn't believe me If i told you. Let me see your eyes.

You got blood on you.

Yes, sir. I got cut.

Look, i only got $11.

And i need three more To get home.

Can you help me out?

Get home.

And be a good boy.


Mm. Stop the bus.

I got to get off.

[Train horn blowing]



I'm dying.

You're just in time.

Drink this.

I asked you once If you listened to the night. Now listen to me.

[Heart beating]

[Beating stops]

Look, the night. It's so bright...

It'll blind you.

[Birds chirping]




Morning, daddy. Morning, baby.

You sleep some? - i sleep some You sleep a little?

A little. Bad dreams.

Me too.

Not much, loy, But the highway patrol found What might be your winnebago.

It was left in Some fill and torched. Nobody was inside.

Probably switched cars. Could be your boy's fallin' inWith some trouble.

What are you Doin' about that? All we can.

Well, it's not enough, Eakers.

Loy, you're just gonna Have to bear with us For a bit.

[No dialogue]

Yes, operator, I'd like to reverse charges...

On a long-distance call To oklahoma. [indistinct]


[Line ringing]


Caleb. Caleb. Look, caleb.

I wanted to go home too.

You know, i called, mae. Ain't nobody home. Nobody was home.

Jesus! This is fucked, mae. I'm scared.

So was i, but don't be. Just feel it. Feel what's in you.

That's what scares me. I feel it.

Look, you're in my hands.

You'll be fine.

What'll we do now?

[Chuckles] Anything we want...

To the end of time.

But y ou have To learn to kill.

I don't wanna kill.

You wanna die? Mae, i ain't no killer.

Well, just don't Think of it as killing.

Don't think at all. Just use your instinct.

It's just something that you do Night after night. It's only Ever a question of how.

Instinct. - instinct.

Evenin'. Whoo! [both] Evenin'.

It would be my pleasure And honor to invite you two Lovely ladies for a drink.

All right. All right.

It's making me shaky. That's because you have to.

Kill. That's right . The night has its price.

Where are we, diamondback? Hat road is this? You got me.

Isn't that where I had the flat tire?

You pulled over.

And there you stood By the side of that road.

And i just knew You were trouble.

And you were right. [Both chuckling]

How many years ago Was that?

Just remember, hon. You don't remember the dateOf that night neither, do you?

[Sighs] Oh, jesse.

Look. You see what i see?

Hey, whichever way You're headin', I'd appreciate a lift.

Sure thing. Climb in.

Turn off the car. Hey, asshole, my pal here...

Told you to turn off the car.

Now, you mind if iDance with your wife?

She's a real... Look at this one. Ooh, yeah.

You're not Gonna look so good... With your face ripped off.

Lord, did we Get lucky tonight. She is so beautiful.

And he is so fuckin' stupid.

???? [rock]


You kids, Y'all running from home?

Sure. Hey, that's okay by me.

Sometimes home is bad. Me, i got a truck For of home.

Nice setup you got here. How do you fly it?

Hey, you drive A truck before?

I've driven a semi. Semi... that's five.

Five gears, brother. This got thirteen.

You got two to the rear And the rest go forward. Anyone smoke?


Got a light?

What about the rest? Rest? Shifting.

You know how To shift, don't ya? [laughs]

Watch this. [Shifting gears]

Come on, baby, Talk to me. Talk to me.

Come on, baby, Talk to me. [engine revving up]

[Mouthing words] Come on, there.

[Upshifts, Engine revving faster]

Show me how to Brake and stop it.

Okay, now this is The most important thing When you wanna brake a truck.

You got to remember You got two brakes.

And one brake is for the cab. This one over here.

And the other one Is for the trailer. This one right here.

When you want to brake The truck, you gotta Brake the trailer first.

[Air hissing]Come on, baby.

Then, you got To brake your cab. [Air hissing]

Or else. Or else what?

Or else you jackknife.

The trailer hits the cab, No more truck.

No more truck, No more truck driver.


Hey, uh, you okay?

You got a problem, kid? [Turns off radio]


What's the matter, boy? You can't drink and drive? [laughing]

You want to be the captain Of a boat this big, boy, You gotta be able To stand the water, huh?


[Laughing stops]

What's the matter, boy? You really sick? Huh?

[Muffled yell]


[Thunder continues]


You could kill me If you drink too much.

Shh. Honey.

Let's you and me go make A phone call. See if anybody Knows anything. Okay?


Sheriff eakers? Loy colton here.


You did?

A positive make?

Where was he?

Hope, kansas, bus station?

Cop said He was goin' home?

Well, you checked the house? He should have been there By now.

No, i'm in waco, texas.

I guess i'm headin' In the wrong direction.

Think i'll turn around And head north.

Real brave boy.

Jesse, he needs More time. Please.

Look, one more night. One more night.

Then i'm gonna get My wet dream, boy!

Why wait? We're gonna do it anyway. He ain't one of us.

You don't belong.

Besides, you're so damn ugly, It makes my gums ache.

I wonder about you, mae. I should be wondering About you.

It ain't right for mae To be carrying you, caleb.

He makes a kill tonight!

I don't care how you do it. You do it, or you're done.

And done means dead Without guile.

It means you be Real uncomfortable...

For a long, long time.

That's your mama Talkin', boy.

[Train whistle blowing, Distant]

???? [rock on jukebox]

Well, i'll be goddamned. Shit-kicker heaven.

Hey, come on, caleb. Let's belly up to the bar And get us some refreshment.

Park your carcass.

Hi. Howdy.

Bartender, give me A couple of shots, Whatever donkey piss You're shoving down These cocksuckers' throats.

Hey. Hey! You spilled my drink.

Well, why don't you Lick it up off the bar, Meatball?

Why don't you Lick it up yourself?

Hey, i ever tell you The one about buffalo bill?


Ah, hell You're all right. Go on, give him another one.

Tequila. Beer in a glass.

Now pay the man. - [clears throat]

Oh, bartender? That'll be a double shot...

Of your very best Watered-down shit Right here.

There are two ways you can Leave these here premises.

Is that a fact? That's a fact.

On your feet Or on your back.


That's pretty tough words For a bartender, huh?

[Clears throat]

Gee whiz. If you're not gonna Serve me a drink, well...

I'll just Have to drink his.

How can you Drink that shit?

Go on, hit him a couple Of times. I'm tryin'To show the boy somethin'.

[Coughing]Now you hit Him back, caleb.

You son of aOhh!

Phew! [chuckles] Did i do that?

[Chuckles] "did i do that"? [All laughing]

Good times.

Just the glass. The glass. Just the glass?

You're shakin' all over.

You nervous? I would be too if i were you. But then again, I'm not you. [chuckles]

You know, Your skin is as soft As a preacher's belly.

You know that?

Don't you want the beer? No, honey The drink's on me.



[Body hitting floor]

[Sighs] What you people want?

Just a couple more Minutes of your time, About the same duration As the rest of your life.

???? [country on jukebox]

???? [continues] Oww!

Oww, oww, oww, hoo-hoo-hoo!


Oww, oww, oww!

[Knife hitting floor] You know what?

What? This is the best time I've had...

Since i nailed your mama In the back Of your daddy's truck.

He was there Watchin' too. I didn't see nothin', man.

To tell you the truth, I think he liked it.

I'm cool, man. I know she did.

Don't fuck with me. [gagging]


You know what I said to your mama?

You know what I said to her? I said, "shh.

This ain't gonna hurt." [Grunting]

I said... [grunting]

[Bones cracking] "shh!"

I hate 'em when They ain't been shaved.


[Severen laughing]

[Laughs] Whoo! Mmm!

It's finger-lickin' good.

Hey, jess, I think i smell like A dead polecat.


Well, this is a kick, Ain't it? [Grunts]

Holy shit!

Holy shit! Jess.

Am i alive? [Laughs]

Hey. You look like 4O miles of rough road.

Why don't you Sit this one out?

I'll take it from here.

Oh, yoo-hoo!


I got a new name for you. [Yells]

Mr. Pig knuckle. [Chuckles]

Are you havin' a little trouble With your hog-leg there?


[Spurs jingling]



There's a fly On the ceilin'.

???? [continues]

Come on. Won't you dance with me?

It's all right. Come on.

?? Now i just found a game That i can't play?????? [humming]

?? And this is where The cowboy rides away? [sobbing]

?? And my heart is sinkin Like the settin' sun??

?? Settin' on the things I wish i'd done??

?? It's time to say good-bye?? He's for you, caleb.

?? This is where the cowboy Rides away?? - No!


Bartender, set 'em up.


???? [continues]

[Severen] Yo! [laughing]

Here. Whoo!


This'll do. All right.

Allow me.

Please. Wait. Please.

Get in here!

You fucked up For the last time, boy. - Sorry.

Yeah? Why don't you do Your sorry ass a favor? Take care of him later.

Black out them Bulkheads and fantail. The sun is on the rise.

We should leave your boyfriend In the road and let him Get himself a suntan.

[Severen] good idea. We better move our ass. Here she comes.

[Severen] Come on, little boner.

We got five minutes Before sunup.

And we ain't found us A place to stay yet.

That goddamn kid you let go Is goin' straight to the law.

And they're gonna be Combin' the area For this shitbox.

You both fucked up.

Gonna keep talkin', jess, Or you gonna get us Out of the sun?



[Dinging] [Person coughing]

I'd like to rent One of your bungalows, sir. Huh?

I'd like to rent One of your bungalows.


The key.

[Keys rattling]

Uh, here's...

You were here once before, Wasn't you? Lots of years back?

Yes, i get through here About once every 5O years.

Make me a reservation.

[Knocking on door]


[Knocking continues]

[Knocking continues] [Man] It's the police.

[Groans][severen] Honey, wake up.

Jesse, wake up.

Wake up.

[Knocking continues]

Come out with your hands up! [Police radio chattering]

[Screaming] Fuckin' daylight!


Daylight! No! Please, no!

Pull yourself together, Old man!

Leave him alone, jess. Shh.

I'll give you this end of it. [jesse] Give him the piece, severen.

Severen, Give him the gun!

Don't shoot Your pecker off, boy.


We got the place surrounded! Come on out!

[Knocking on door] This is your last warning!

Checkout time.




How you doin', jess? Like shit! How you doin'?

[Severen] I'm down to My last inch of skin!

[Diamondback]Now, boys, it ain't over Till it's over!

Goin' after the van, jess.

That's a good one, shit bug! You go outside, they're gonnaBe servin' you in a you got a better idea? It's the only chance we got.

Give me the keys, grandpa.

Go ahead. We'll cover you, son.

Shit bug's gonna Get himself killed.

What have we got to lose? [Diamondback] Just a pretty face.

Get a move on. We'll cover you. - See you in hell!



[Shouting, indistinct]

[Groans] [engine starts]

[Horn honking]

You did it!

Goin' home.

[Groaning] Let me in! Let me in!

Let's get out of here!


Whoo-whoo! - [hooting]



[Severen] Come on, you little boner. Hurry your ass.

Wait! Get up here!

Wait up. Wait up!

Back there, You did good.



All right.



You bought yourself Some time, son.

Jesse, there's somethin' I've been meanin' to ask you.

Yeah? What might that be? How old are you?

Let's put it this way: I fought for the south.

The south?

We lost. [laughing] [chuckling]

Hey, caleb, let's go out And look at the night.

All right.

How about a little five-card Russian roulette?

Why not, severen?

It almost feels like You're one of us now.

Yeah, it does.

So what does that make me? I ain't exactly sure.

It's good, right? I guess so, yeah.

Do you miss the sun?

It's been so long, I can't really remember.

How long?

Spring, four years back, And i was in high school. Mmm.

Homer said he was in fifth grade And he needed help With his homework.

Little weasel.

Do you miss he day? - the day?

Nah. I can see better at night.

???? [rock on radio] [Bullets clattering on table]

Here we go. I don't want this.

Three cards. How many you want, Little boner?

How many for you, You old saddle bum?

Three. Three. There you go. One for her.

Three for the dealer.

Are you cheatin', Severen? I ain't cheatin'.

What's this then?

[All laughing]

Deal the cards.

I fold. I'm gonna taste the air.

Watch the time, boy. Deal the cards.

It's impolite to stare.


My name's homer. What's yours?


What are you doing down here All by yourself?

I do what i wanna do When i wanna do it.

Wanna watch tv? [Rooster crowing]

What's on? Whatever you want.

Is it a color television?


[Announcer over radio] Beautiful morning Coming up here.

Looks like Another sunny day also. And folks...

I'd like to introduce you To... Sarah.

Boy, you people Sure stay up late.

We keep odd hours.

Who ordered pizza? [Diamondback] Homer, sweet darling?

[Jesse] I tell you what. I'll play you for the pizza.

Homer, you look at me when I'm talkin' to you, now.


Deal 'em.

Sarah, you here With your family?

Just my daddy. And what room are you Stayin' in, honey?

Uh, number three.

[Door opens, closes]

There'll be something else on. There'll be something. Wait.

No, that's okay. I better be going now No, wait! Wait, sarah.

[Rooster crowing]

Sarah. I oughta punch Your lights out.

I guess you oughta. Oh!

Oh, god, honey.

She's my sister.

[Jesse] What the hell's she doin' Up at 5:OO in the morning?

I tried callin' you.

We've been out a lot Drivin' in the truck, Tryin' to track you down. Dad.


Son? [severen chuckles] Son?

'Round and 'round And 'round she goes.

And where she stops, Nobody knows.

It's about time For that big old wheel To stop rotatin'.

Who are these people?

I'm with them now.

Jesse, you let them go.

It's my family.

Go on, now. [father] You comin'?


No. But you're goin'.



She's mine.

You're gonna have to Give her back, son. She's not yours.

I'm gonna nip her. You can't do that.

I chewed mae.

She went off And chewed on you.

Now i'm chewing Your little sister.

That makes us even-steven.

You let her go or I'm gonna have to hurt Your body, homer.

You're gonna have to hurt My body first. Hold on a second, pilgrim.

Remember which side Of the bread Your butter's on.

Goddamn, this is my family! Let 'em go!

The question is whether They'd let us go.

They've been trackin' us. Now they know our faces. I say kill 'em.

I've had about Enough of this shit. Let go of my boy.

And y ou, let go Of my little girl.

Daddy, put that away. Ain't gonna do no good.

What do you mean, lt ain't gonna do no good? I'd listen to your son.

I'd stop right there If i was you, mister. - Not likely.


For you.



[All screaming]

Shit! [jesse shouting, indistinct]

Go on, daddy! Go! What the goddamn hell's Goin' on, son?

I can't expect y ou To believe it. I can't believe it myself.

I ain't a person anymore. I don't know what i am. I'm sick!

We're gonna get you to The hospital right away. You do and i'm dead! No!

Caleb, Those people back there, They wasn't normal.

Normal folks, They don't spit out bullets When you shoot 'em.

[Groans] I got bit. I got a bite.

We're gonna get you to The hospital right away.

No! Goddamn, You want me killed?

I ain't goin' to The goddamn hospital!

Hospitals fix this?


Damn it, daddy, Take me home!

Daddy? Daddy?

You ever... You ever transfuse a person?




I'm all right.

Oh, god, honey.


You okay? Yeah, i am.

Sarah, i'll tell you About it one day.

Just promise you won't Ask me about it till then, All right?

Okay. Wanna go ride a horse?

Okay, let's go!

Knock it off. Hey, hey, hey.

It's gettin' cold. You can almost feel The fall comin' on.

Yeah, the days Are gettin' shorter.

Nights are gettin' longer.

I'm tired.

You pick your dishes up And i'll be upstairs To read to you.

I want caleb To read to me.

Go on upstairs. I'll be up in a minute.

Hey, don't forget To brush your teeth.

You know... Look, i...

[swing squeaking]

I'm gonna go out And oil that swing.

That can wait. No, it's all right. I can use the air.

Hi, caleb.

Why did you leave?

You're warm. Your skin's warm.

I belong here, mae.

This is my family.

I miss you.

What's it gonna be?

Mae! [thunder rumbling]


[Thunderclap] Shit!

Son of a bitch!

[Thunder continues]

[Horse whinnies]

[Grunts] [whinnying]

[Hoofbeats departing]

[Chuckles] I'd sell him.

Goddamn. Where's my sister, severen?

Hey, let me give you A hand there, old buddy. - Asshole.

Hey, caleb!

I hate to be an indian giver, I really do, But you disappointed me, And now you're gonna Have to pay.

First, you're gonna Give me back my spur.

Then i'm gonna knock Your tonsils out your asshole.

What do you think Of them apples, huh?

Stop! Stop!

Hey, mister... Get the hell off my truck!

Keep goin' Before you get killed. - [cocks weapon]

I'm gonna give you Till the count of five!

One, two, four... [gunshot]


Mister? Jesus.

I'm sorry. Damn you.

Now come on!

Come on, come on.

Come on.

Whoo! [yelling]


Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

Oh, shit. - hey, caleb?

Fasten your fuckin' Seat belt!


Son of a bitch!


No! - [chuckling]


It's time to pay The fiddler.

Where's my sister, jess?

I taught severen Everything he knew, But not everything I know.

The last sound that you hear On your way to hell...

Is gonna be your guts Snappin' like a bullwhip.

This ain't got nothin' To do with my sister!

You leave her out of this And let her go!

Jesse, let him come back.

It's too late for that, Mae.

Goddamn, jesse, Where's my sister?

Everything is gonna be All right.

Don't be scared.

I'm gonna take her back. Sure you will.


Caleb, look out!



Go, caleb. Make a run for it.

Come on, jesse! Get in the car! Mae, come on!

Hurry up! Get in the car!

[Engine starts] [honking horn]

[Grunts] Go on! Aah!

Go on, honey. Go on. Run. Run, sarah!

[Sarah screaming] No!

[Car door shuts] No!

Block that sun out!

[Diamondback yells]




[Homer yelling] - no, homer!




Wait, sarah!

My god.


[Yelling] - [screaming]


Fun times.


Caleb, what's happening?

I brought you home.

I'm afraid. Don't be.

It's just the sun.