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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 restless young man from a small farm town, meets an alluring drifter named Mae (Jenny Wright). She reveals herself to be a vampire, who "turns" Caleb into one of her kind rather than kill him. But the rest of her "family" is slow to accept the newcomer. The ancient leader, Jesse (Lance Henriksen), and his psychotic henchman Severen (Bill… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Long after the picture ends, you're left with potent half-images: strong-but-vague impressions that resemble the remains of dreams."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An atmospheric and nightmarish vampire film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"When the viewer wants to know more about the people in the compelling images, the screen`s texture suddenly falls flat."
‑ Juan Carlos Coto, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"... both ferocious and lyrical, a moody horror film with the frontier community romanticism of a John Ford Western and the violent ferocity of a Sam Peckinpah film."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"High-powered but pared down, slick but spare, this is a tale that introduces the unearthly into the banality of rural American existence."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Seductively lensed, sparely scripted and superbly performed, this does away with Gothic nonsense to offer a modern take on the undead myth."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"Como terror focado em vampiros, empalidece diante de Garotos Perdidos, lançado no mesmo ano; como alegoria do submundo das drogas e de uma época em que o sexo se tornou letal, é óbvio e infantil. Como esta bobagem virou cult, não sei explicar."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"As much as it is a horror film and western, it is equally and perhaps more pronouncedly a romance."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Bigelow's artful handling of the magic and menace of the night is hauntingly apparent."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"One of the best vampire movies ever made."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"One of the better vampire films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dark, bloody and very stylish, this genre-busting western-noir-vampire hybrid is a toothsome joy and definitely one of the best horror films of the 1980s."
‑ , Film4
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