A little underwritten on the character front, but then you can pretty much coast along with a cast this watchable. Stretching for something great with those shots of oil wells, the draining of the American West, and the bar scene - a relenting to violent cinema that still shocks. Succumbing more to nihilism might have made something great, gets a bit awash in motive. Gorgeous scenery.
As a fan of 80's horror films I am always ready to watch a film like this to wind down. It would be wrong to say this films is especially great but it isn't without merit. There is some really nice imagery throughout,some genuinely tense moments and a solid romantic core. Really good popcorn movie.
2-3. A simple story about a simple, pure-hearted boy who redeems a lustful, dangerous vampire girl (and saves her from her twisted family). Has some story issues, and it's hurt a bit by some of its trappings (that synthetic 80s soundtrack does not scream 'western' or 'vampires'), but it has a sense of fun enough to give it value as a contemporary watch.
Kathryn Bigelow crafted a truly captivating and atmospheric poem that mixes Western melodrama and Gothic horror in reinventing vampire legends that echoes the tone of Blood Simple, Duel, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with less shock value and more poetic imagery about a soul lost in a web of terror and romance that has no certainty of escape.
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.
Boy meets girl, girl is a vampire, boy must prove self to her vamp family, boy saves human family from vamp family, girl is cured... the end. This movie was literally directly across the hall from "Lost Boys" at my local theater. One is a classic, the other is a Joel Shumacher movie. This may be my favorite vampire movie.