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Directed by Kathryn Bigelow • 1987 • United States
Starring Adrian Pasdar, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton
Kathryn Bigelow’s breakthrough second feature is a seductively stylish horror western in which a midwestern farm boy (Adrian Pasdar) gets taken on the ride of his life when he is abducted by a band of roving, outlaw vampires who initiate him into their nocturnal world of blood and mayhem. Featuring an atmospheric electronic score by Tangerine Dream and a memorable supporting turn by Bill Paxton as a psychotic member of the coven, NEAR DARK mixes moody art-house stylistics with pulp genre pleasures to breathe fresh life into the vampire film.