Near Dark

Pre Twilight                             Post Twilight

This is another one for my favourite films list. I can definitely see why it has becme a cult classic, I loved the way they showed vampires- dirty, amoral, not giving a crap about what they do. That’s one of the reasons the Twilight style cover for the re-release is so laughable. What are Twihards going to think of these vampires? Hell, the word ‘vampire’ is never even mentioned in the entire film. Plus the old cover is just cooler.

The story follows Caleb, a guy who meets and falls for a girl called Mae who happens to be a vamp and bites him. He starts to change, falls in with Mae’s family of vampires and gradually starts to become seduced by their lifestyle.

I think one of the reasons I like it so much is the way it shows us vampires. Now, this is coming from someone who actuallly watches/enjoys the Vampire Diaries (Damon is kinda badass…) but they’re so much more believable and all round awesome this way. They are shown to be completely outcast from society and they embrace it. They could never do otherwise- they burn up pretty spectacularly in sunlight.

The standout scene from this film is the one Bravo chose as its scariest: Caleb is with Severen (one of the other vampires) in a bar and Severen is trying to goad him into killing a human. They torment the people at the bar and it is unnerving seeing just how much they enjoy it and how much I was just thinking at Caleb “Oh, fuck it. Just go and join in!”

Some of the imagery in the film is really beautiful, too. There’s one scene just after Mae turns Caleb where he drinks her blood and they are surrounded by oil wells in the desert. It’s strangely haunting.

All in all I really reccommend this one. It’s fun to watch and if you’re sick of vampires that try to fit in with human society that you’ll find it a welcome relief.

Plus Severen is hilarious. In a psychotic serial killer kind of way.

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