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Monday, April 15, 2013

Near Dark (1987)

Who knew that Kathryn Bigelow, the director of such well-known films as The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, was busy making films back in the 1980's?  Near Dark is a very stylized, unique vampire flick which is as high a complement I can pay.  The best way to describe it is a vampire road trip with a stellar cast and strong storytelling.

Among the vamps are Bill Paxton [Big Love, Aliens] who brings a wonderful manic energy to his character Severen.  Lance Henricksen [Alines, the Terminator] is spectacular as the leader of the vamp family, Jesse.  He always picks such interesting characters to play.  His work is always fun to watch.  Newcomers Adrian Pasdar [Heroes, Top Gun] and Jenny Wright [The Lawnmover Man] are the star-crossed lovers at the center of this story.  They both bring something special to the table as well.

I cannot say enough good things about Near Dark.  It's simply a beautifully made film.  If you're looking for gallons of blood you might be disappointed.  However, if you like a well told story with interesting, well developed characters, then this one is definitely for you.  It's not your typical vampire movie and this is a VERY good thing.

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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