Near Dark
Near Dark (1987)

A roving band of contemporary vampires travel across the American West in search of the human blood they crave in this violent, but well-wrought horror show. Their newest member is a young farm boy they recently kidnapped.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 2, 1987
DVD 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: 74% 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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Randy Tippy
Technically it's a 2 star film, but <i>Near Dark</i> has enough cult panache to elevate it above its means.
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
Aj V
A surprisingly fantastic vampire movie full of action and romance. This is what Twilight should have been like. Although I think Lost Boys is the best vampire… More