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.
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