Near Dark

Near Dark

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.

Kathryn Bigelow
Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Tim Thomerson, Joshua Miller
Running Time
94 minutes

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