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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.
Near Dark is at once a creepy vampire film, a thrilling western, and a poignant family tale, with humor and scares in abundance.
Long after the picture ends, you're left with potent half-images: strong-but-vague impressions that resemble the remains of dreams.
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.
An atmospheric and nightmarish vampire film...
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.
High-powered but pared down, slick but spare, this is a tale that introduces the unearthly into the banality of rural American existence.
Seductively lensed, sparely scripted and superbly performed, this does away with Gothic nonsense to offer a modern take on the undead myth.
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.
Bigelow's artful handling of the magic and menace of the night is hauntingly apparent.
One of the best vampire movies ever made.
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