Sunday, October 31, 2010

Near Dark

WARNING: Review contains vampire puns.

You know what makes vampires suck nowadays? They're overused. Ever since the frickin' Twilight books were published, they have become overrated. It bites. Bram Stoker must be rolling in his grave. Thankfully there are some vampire movies that don't suck or bite.

Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar), after being bitten by the mysterious Mae (Jenny Wright), joins a group of vampires who roam around for blood. Caleb is reluctant on killing anyone, and he has to choose between his family and his new group of friends.

Near Dark goes through what I call "The Godfather Predicament", where a movie focuses on a certain subject yet it's not mentioned or shown (it is also proven with the lack of smoking in Thank You for Smoking). Anyway, moving on. Kathryn Bigelow, who's more well-known now thanks in part to The Hurt Locker, gives us a take on vampire movies when they were actually scary (suck it, Twilight). And if you've never heard of Near Dark, it makes sense; it was released the same year as The Lost Boys.

My Rating: ****1/2


  1. This is probably one of my favourite vampire movies of the 80's. Along with Fright Night and The Lost Boys. Pre-The Hurt Locker Bigelow didn't seem to get much attention which is amazing when you consider how the majority of her films have been cracking action flicks, Point Break, Blue Steel etc. Great review and I concur that Twilight can quite literally suck it.

  2. Definitely one of the best vampire films ever made. I love those horror films that ditch the gothic and use contemporary settings. Near Dark does it perfectly. Great film.


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