Near Dark (1987) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Near Dark (1987)

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  • Release Date:  1987
  • Genre:  Vampire
  • Director:  Kathryn Bigelow
  • Screenwriter:  Eric Red, Kathryn Bigelow
  • Cast & Crew: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Tim Thomerson, Joshua John Miller, Marcie Leeds, Kenny Call, Ed Corbett
    Troy Evans, Bill Cross, Roger Aaron Brown, Thomas Wagner, and Robert Winley.

Near Dark (1987)Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.5/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 7.4/10.

Near Dark (1987) Synopsis:

A young boy gets bitten by a young vampire lady. As he turns into one of them, he is kidnapped by a crew of bad-ass vampires trying to survive in the wild western US.

Near Dark (1987) Review:

Near Dark is a vampire/horror/western/love story (yep, all of this!), a strange mix between “The Lost Boys” and a western film, but with a really dark touch instead of teen vampires.

The first thirty minutes are all about romance and are, I have to say it, boring. At this point, I was really scared about the turn that this film would take, almost fearing a “Twilight” kind of film. Luckily, the team of vampires introduced is not sparklingly, but a bunch of total bad-asses. The concept of the old guy stuck in the body of a teen boy was really mind-fucking.

Then they arrive in the bar and the all movie takes a new turn, the blood starts to flow, vampires start to murder, and finally, we see some good horror. Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen play wonderfully, their characters suiting them really well. The action scenes are intense and aesthetic, especially the final fight was the western atmosphere give an interesting touch, making a change from the usual vampire movies.

Despite all these good points, I found the film slow pasted, and lengthy when there was no action. Thereee is a lot of interesting ideas in that movie, but also many lame moments. For example, how the boy always accepts whatever is happening to him without asking any question really turned me off. The happy ending was also quite disappointing.

Still, Near Dark is a good movie if you do not expect much, but I guess I read to many good critics before watching it.

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