Near Dark

Near Dark ★★★½

At its best at its most atmospheric, letting Tangerine Dream's synth score drive the pace. Bill Paxton is in a completely different movie, bringing an insane amount of energy that contrasts with the very laidback energy of the other actors (Paxton adds a half-star). The writing is a mess, particularly for the central romance, and that keeps this from being more than the B-movie that it is. That said, there's a lot of visually striking moments and clever shots that showcase the potential that Katheryn Bigelow would realize later on in her career. And I love how Near Dark de-mythologized the vampire by paring it back to its core.

The shootout between the vamps and the cops is legit great; the bullet holes turning into beams of light that are deadlier than the bullets... genius.

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