This might be Bill Paxton's best performance. He's so deliciously entertaining here and he's only a secondary character. All the performances are rock solid.
With Near Dark, Bigelow elevates the b-movie horror genre just as her partner at the time/co-producer James Cameron elevated b-movie sci-fi horror with The Terminator. They both successfully implement gritty earnest drama. Unfortunately, Near Dark has one too many weak plot threads (typical of a b-movie script) that kept it from being as great as The Terminator.
Either way, I liked the concept of the southern cowboy life converging with the life of vampires - both sides clinging to the past while just surviving and having no prospects.
What I found strange was Tim Thomerson's character…