Near Dark from 1987 is a near perfect film about a family of nomadic "vampires" set against a western backdrop. The film blends the romantic story with an atmospherically moody environment that feels so true despite it's dark fairytale-like nature.
The cast is impeccable. Take half the cast of Aliens...a classic Lance Henriksen, a loony Bill Paxton and a seductive Jenette Goldstein...and sprinkle in a few underrated performances by Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright and Joshua Miller. You got yourself a timeless classic that weaves the romantic lore of vampirism and enduring sentiment of family into a seamless experience.
Near Dark is so good it makes other lesser "vampire" films look like stupid and unnecessary wastes of time...most notably the Twilight films. I'd love to see Severen walk onto a scene with Edward Cullen and feed him his spur. This film is the real deal.
It's funny...Lost Boys came out in the same year as this film...like a couple weeks apart...and has some of the same plot elements as Near Dark. Like the young guy falling for a young vampire girl and becoming a vampire himself while running with the crazy vampire gang and then ultimately finding a way to change back to his human form. I wonder if it was on purpose or not. Either way...Near Dark is the better film, in my opinion. Lost Boys is kinda like the glam-metal version of the same story.
Definitely a must-see this Halloween season.
4.5 out of 5
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