When a small town boy is bitten by a beautiful drifter, he reluctantly joins her nomadic clan roaming the dusty roads in search of their next meal. Kathryn Bigelow’s atmospheric vampire western is a terrifying tour de force, gory and gorgeous, a stylish, sexy and violent rebirth for bloodsucker cinema and one of the greatest horror frights of the ‘80s. Featuring a haunting score by Tangerine Dream and an exceptional team of genre faves as the hungry undead: Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein and Joshua Miller.
“The Blue Velvet of date-night spook shows.” – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
“Bigelow’s visual style is often sensational here. She’s made a film whose pop nihilism and occasional wild beauty can raise a few honest shivers.” – Michael Wilmingon, Los Angeles Times
“Near Dark achieves a new look in vampire films. High-powered but pared down, slick but spare, this is a tale that introduces the unearthly into the banality of rural American existence.” – Variety
“Here Bigelow has cross-bred vampire legends, westerns and biker movies to arrive at a combination that’s both outrageous and poetic; it has extravagant, bloody thrills plus something else – something that comes close to genuine emotion.” – Hal Hinson, The Washington Post
View a collection of Near Dark lobby cards on the New Beverly forum.
Ariel Schudson discusses Near Dark with star Jenette Goldstein on the New Beverly blog.