Near Dark

Near Dark ★★★★

"The light that's leaving that star right now will take a billion years to get down here. You want to know why you've never met a girl like me before?"
"Yeah. Why?"
"Because I'll still be here when the light from that star gets down here to earth in a billion years."

Kathryn Bigelow's vampire horror/neo-noir/modern day Western effectively showcased her considerable directorial talents to the world.

One of the film's best aspects is the way in which it shifts in tone without feeling awkward or jarring. The blossoming romance between tomboy femme fatale vampire girl Jenny Wright and newly-turned young cowboy Adrian Pasdar is low-key and even quite sweet in places. On the other hand, the centrepiece redneck bar massacre is played for sinisterly gleeful black comedy courtesy of Bill Paxton's psychotic master of ceremonies. The third act action setpieces, meanwhile, are as thrillingly paced and visually flashy as those in James Cameron's The Terminator.

Adam Greenberg's (largely nighttime and magic hour) cinematography is superb throughout and helps to imbue the film with its own signature atmosphere.

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