Near Dark
Near Dark (1987)

In Kathryn Bigelow's tale of vampires in the American Southwest, the creatures of the night aren't elegant, cloaked aristocrats. They're a gun-toting gang that dresses and acts like a motorcycle gang. Caleb (Adrian Pasdar), a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 10, 2002
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Near Dark is at once a creepy vampire film, a thrilling western, and a poignant family tale, with humor and scares in abundance.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Long after the picture ends, you're left with potent half-images: strong-but-vague impressions that resemble the remains of dreams.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is on the whole a striking directorial debut, at once scary and erotic, with lots of sidelong touches in the casting, direction, and script.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An atmospheric and nightmarish vampire film...

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

There's a ghastly humor in all this, and Bigelow brings it out without overindulging it. Faced with a nearly repulsive subject, she makes the blood flow inside it, stream out over the cuts.

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Variety Staff

High-powered but pared down, slick but spare, this is a tale that introduces the unearthly into the banality of rural American existence.

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Jamie Graham
Total Film

Seductively lensed, sparely scripted and superbly performed, this does away with Gothic nonsense to offer a modern take on the undead myth.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Near Dark has filmmaking finesse to spare, but puts its dank characters on display rather than cadging sympathy for them. It is the Blue Velvet of date-night spook shows.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Bigelow's artful handling of the magic and menace of the night is hauntingly apparent.

Alan Jones
Radio Times

One of the best vampire movies ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This is a film that borders between the world of supernatural vampire films of today, and the grittiness of an eighties action film. Taking a lot of the… More
Phil Hubbs
Hell yeah, what a cast! my dream team almost, Paxton, Henriksen, Goldstein, Wright, perfect. I dont like the desert feel for the vamps but this is still an… More
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Anthony Lawrie
Near Dark's influence is quite vast when you think about it, bizarre though too as it is so overlooked and very underrated. It's unfair that it has… More
Reid Volk
A sexually charged tale of vampirism created decades before it was considered vogue by Pattinson-worshiping pre-teens. When young Caleb is picked up by a… More
Randy Tippy
Technically it's a 2 star film, but <i>Near Dark</i> has enough cult panache to elevate it above its means.