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The word "vampire" is never mentioned in Near Dark, but that doesn't stop this 1987 cult favorite from being one of the best modern-era vampire films. It put then-unknown director Kathryn Bigelow on Hollywood's radar and gave choice roles to Aliens costars favored by Bigelow's ex-husband James Cameron: Lance Henriksen is the leader of a makeshift family of renegade bloodsuckers, nocturnally seeking victims in rural Oklahoma; his immortal gal pal is Aliens and Terminator 2 alumnus Jenette Goldstein; and Bill Paxton is the group's deadliest leather-clad ass kicker. Fellow traveler Jenny Wright lures Okie farm boy Adrian Pasdar into the group with a love bite, and he's soon turning toward vampirism with a combination of frightened revulsion and relentless desire. With Joshua Miller (River's Edge) as the youngest vampire, Near Dark is Bigelow's masterpiece of low-budget ingenuity--a truck-stop thriller that begins well, gets better and better (aided by a fine Tangerine Dream score), and goes out in a blaze of glory. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby
  • DTS Surround Sound


Adrian PasdarCaleb Colton
Jenny WrightMae
Lance HenriksenJesse Hooker
Bill PaxtonSeveren
Jenette GoldsteinDiamondback
Tim ThomersonLoy Colton
Joshua John MillerHomer
James Le GrosTeenage Cowboy

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Length: 94 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 2, 1987
    EuropeJan 8, 1988
    AustraliaJul 14, 1988
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 10, 2002
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