|Directed by:||Kathryn Bigelow|
|Written by:||Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red|
|Cast:||Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton|
|Genre:||Horror, Romance, Thriller|
Near Dark came out the same year as Lost Boys and presented the opposing view of vampires. Dark's clan of vamps aren't hip, cool, rock stars like Schumacher's gang, Kathryn (Point Break) Bigelow gives us a vile, nasty bunch of blood suckers who'd rather wear your face then the latest 80s fashions. Teen Caleb is seduced by vampire Mae and much to her clans disapproval is reluctantly turned into one of them. Caleb fights to keep his humanity as the vicious band takes him on a cross country trek of violence and murder in the effort to complete his transformation. A trek that eventually leads them back to his loved onces and it is then that Caleb's animal instincts come out as he fights his new family to save his former one. Bigelow crafts a lean, dark, nasty horror thriller that is quite in contrast to Lost Boys colorful MTV music video style. This film is vicious and gritty and far more a horror film then it's blood sucking rival from that year. Both films are now classics in their own right but, while Lost Boys is the more popular and mainstream of the two, Near Dark definitely has more "bite".