First time! So great. Deserving of its classic status.
Imagine if Twilight was good.
Surprised how many elements this shares with The Loveless. A travelling gang of time-killing sociopaths (now 100% more vampiric), the seduction and betrayal of a not-so-innocent, the searching father. Near Dark has some crucial elements missing from Bigelow’s debut, namely incident, stakes, and radical action.
Indeed, the action is fantastic, as are both the practical and early digital visual effects. Whereas The Loveless doesn’t even hint at the talents Bigelow would later be revealed to possess, Near Dark shouts them from the heavens. There are, what, four major action set pieces here? And they’re all totally different from each other, and utterly thrilling, expertly staged, shot, and cut together.
Also loved: the driving, ominous score/soundtrack + the entire cast, but especially Bill Paxton, here a ham-and-cheese sandwich with extra ham and cheese.