Near Dark (1987) Movie Review

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Near Dark (1987)

1987 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime, Romance, Western
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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Near Dark Plot Synopsis:

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Near Dark (1987) Review

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.

  • Near Dark Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 7.59
  • IMDB: 7.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.8

About Near Dark 1987

Title: Near Dark
Year: 1987
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime, Romance, Western
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.79/5 stars from 29,090 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 29,090 MPAA Rating: R
Near Dark Cast Starring: Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Troy Evans, Billy Beck, Jenette Goldstein, Ed Corbett, Robert Winley, Leo Geter, James Le Gros, Danny Kopel, Jenny Wright, Bob Terhune, Joshua John Miller, Don Pugsley, Neith Hunter, Bill Cross, Theresa Randle, Tony Pierce, JR Hatchett, Jan King, Joel Cooper, Adrian Pasdar, S.A. Griffin, Tim Thomerson, William T. Lane, Gary Littlejohn, Marcie Leeds, Paul M. Lane, Kenny Call, Eddie Mulder
Near Dark Writers: Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red
Near Dark Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Production: Lions Gate Films
Language: English
Country: USA