With fewer, and more appropriately morbid, one-liners, Near Dark is a more consistently serious and mature, smart and scary, 1987 vampire-twin to The Lost Boys. The dialogue flows with a poetic grace in its vernacular rhythm and imagery, while the directing and photography is gorgeously sensual in its charged aesthetics. It isn't fully literary in a deeper commentary sense, as it is what it is... but it is beautiful.
Great atmosphere, pacing, teen passion pathos, late '80s hairstyles, Bill Paxton -- it's like the cinematic equivalent of a Skipp & Spector novel: reliably lurid and weird, but built on believable bonds between characters that, you know, you actually care about. Not a masterpiece in absolute terms, but much more fun than lots of masterpieces.
Keep your TWILIGHT's kids, this is a fuckin' vampire movie. Some take issue with the concept of "bloodletting" at the end as a cop-out, but the characters in this movie are colorful and interesting, and the love-story element is there for the vampire romantics to cling to. Plus the action scenes are creative. Watch out for the light through those bullet-holes.
En estos tiempos de vampiritos y lobitos bien romanticones y mayates, bien vale la pena echarle un ojo a este clasico ochentero. Como en el caso de The Lost boys, representó una ingeniosa puesta al dia del cine de vampiros, con buena atmosfera y estupenda banda sonora. El final peca de ser demasiado convencional, pero la buena mano de la directora Bigelow para el manejo de la violencia y el gore lo compensa todo.
Cool atmosphere but this has not aged well at all. It seemed really awesome back in the day but not quite as much anymore. Still better than the vampire movies coming out today though, for what it's worth