In 1987, two vampire movies were realesed head to head. The hollywoodish, teenage-orientated Lost Boys, and the dark, romantic and scary Near Dark. In terms of box office records, The Lost Boys was the winner of the two, but to this day, Near Dark stands out as the triumphant film, becoming a horror classic that is considered one of the best horror movies ever made.
Farm boy Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) is out one night trying to get rid of his bordem where he sees and is captivated by mysterious beauty Mae (Jenny Wright). Caleb takes Jenny for a ride and when the two share a passinoate kiss, Mae bites Caleb on the neck before running off into the night. In the day, Caleb finds himself burning in the sunlight before Maes "family" of vampires appear and take Caleb hostage. Caleb, now a vampire himself, is forced into a world of violence as he tries to earn the respect of the vampires in order to be with Mae.
Near Dark boasts very fine performances. Unusally for a horror movie, the entire cast is top notch in terms of acting. Pasdar and Wright are charming in their roles of star crossed lovers Mae and Caleb, Jenette Goldstein and Lance Henriksen shine in their roles as immortal vampires, but the film belongs to Bill Paxton whose performace as sadistic vampire killer Severen is funny, scary and brutal.
Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to ever direct a horror movie with Near Dark and although she would go on blockbusters like Point Break and K19: the Widdowmaker, Near Dark remains her finest movie, boasting a great stroyline and a refreshing revival of the vampire sub-genre.
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