Near Dark (1987) Movie Review

Near Dark (1987)

1987 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime, Romance, Western
94 minutes /

User Score: 63/100

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Near Dark Review


A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter.

Near Dark (1987) is directed by Kathryn Bigelow and is a film that dives into the gritty underworld of a group of outlaw vampires. Near Dark had an estimated budget of $5 million dollars and a slew of iconic actors (Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein) at its disposal.

Near Dark features country boy Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar - Heroes, Top Gun (1986)) who likes troubling the local girls when he falls for mysterious and beautiful Mae (Jenny Wright - The Lawnmower Man (1992), I, Madman (1989)). The utter question is if Caleb will embrace this new life as a vampire or defeat the outlaw vampires and still get the girl.

I felt as if I was able to relate to Caleb and quickly got reeled into the vampire film. The cast of outlaw vampires was well planned with Lance Henriksen as Jesse Hooker playing the vampire leader and Bill Paxton as Severen, another crazy vampire. These roles were played terrifically leaving a lasting impression, and the actors owned the parts.

I would recommend Near Dark as a good vampire film to everyone to give it a chance. Near Dark is labeled as an action crime drama but feels like a horror film with good romantic undertones. The scenes between Caleb and Mae feature a believable spark between the two characters. Near Dark is an enjoyable vampire film that will elicit so many emotions in the viewer. I admittedly rewatch this movie every 3-5 years.

About Near Dark (1987)

Title: Near Dark
Year: 1987
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime, Romance, Western
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.1/5 stars from 86 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 86
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Billy Beck, Troy Evans, Robert Winley, James Le Gros, Jenette Goldstein, Ed Corbett, Theresa Randle, Bill Cross, Tony Pierce, Leo Geter, Danny Kopel, Jenny Wright, Bob Terhune, Joshua John Miller, Don Pugsley, Neith Hunter, Roger Aaron Brown, Gordon Haight, Thomas Wagner, Gary Wayne Cunningham, JR Hatchett, Jan King, Adrian Pasdar, S.A. Griffin, Tim Thomerson, William T. Lane, Gary Littlejohn, Paul M. Lane
Writers: Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red
Director: Kathryn Bigelow

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