Find That Film: Near Dark

We watch episode four’s Near Dark at least three times a year. We love this modern western vampire tale from Kathryn Bigelow. It’s dark, bloody, and over-the-top.

A smalltown Oklahoma youth spends an odd night with captivating drifter Mae (Jenny Wright) and by morning he’s a new man. Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) doesn’t quite understand what’s happening and tries to go home to the family farm where his daddy and little sister are anxiously waiting for him. Mae’s bloodthirsty adopted family (Lance Heriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Bill Paxton, and Joshua John Miller) hold Caleb hostage while they try to teach him about his new reality. Caleb continues to fight for freedom from this new life, his family hits the road looking for him, and the gang leaves a trail a bodies in their wake. Who will be standing come morning?

Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Eric Red deftly combine horror and western in Near Dark. Bigelow somehow makes the night shoots saturated with black look bright and menacing. It’s beautifully shot. The untested Pasdar holds his own against the scene stealing vampires. You’ll want to learn more about Lance and Jenette’s couple and their life on the road. Bill Paxton portrays one of the most unforgiving and realistic movie vampires you’ll ever see. Jenny Wright managed to be naive, lonely, and accepting of her lot with just one look.

This movie is known for being bloody when the story calls for it. But as gory as it is, Near Dark feels normal. It’s a snapshot of the world at night.

The next time you want a vampire love story find that film Near Dark.

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