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This review is from: Near Dark (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
This is the best vampire movie ever made. No debate!
This film was released in 1987 I believe, around the same time as `The Lost Boys' a far inferior vampire flick aimed at the MTV market. `The Lost Boys' was box office candy raking in a fortune. `Near Dark' however sank without trace albeit doing so with a smattering of positive plaudits and heading towards cult status.
Today, and certainly for the last few years, `Near Dark' is rightly lauded as a film noir horror masterpiece.
Given the age of the film (now 20 years old) it has stood the test of time remarkably well. The portrayal of the characters are all pretty much flawless in their individual presentations although special praise must go to Bill Paxton's hedonistic and sadistic vampire Severence and also to Lance Henrikson as the elder and leader of the pack, Jesse.
The story is great (though I do know that many view the ending as a little too saccharine!) the direction by Katherine Bigelow is excellent, and the photography is stunningly beautiful at times. There is a particularly memorable scene towards the end of the film when the youngest vampire combusts into flames which is truly breathtaking.
In fact this film has got it all. Everything that is except pointy teeth! I think this is one of the first films, if not the first , to portray vampires without fangs. They may in fact have fangs but you never actually see them even though the bloodletting is pretty much continuous throughout the movie.
`Near Dark', though free with the blood, is not a particularly gory movie. It is the tension built around the vampire slaughters, particularly the bar room scene, which creates masterful horror.
Ultimately though, 'Near Dark' is more than a horror film which is why it is so good. It works on a number of levels not least in it's exploration of the concept of relationships, family and alienation. This is a rewarding multi layered film worthy of repeated viewings and well worth purchasing.