In this book, Steve Hutchison presents 76 of the worst horror movies ever made. Each article contains a rating, a synopsis, and a review. The films are ranked according to the sum of eight ratings. How many have you seen?
One for the road!
Near Dark is representative of its time. It’s not exactly campy and it doesn’t have the catchiest gimmick, but it has a light tone, good pacing and a simple story. The film has its gory moments, but it’s not defined by them. It is a modern vampire movie with a good dose of eccentricity, but it’s also relatively low-key. The Lost Boys was more flamboyant.
The screenplay is not clustered by a million details. The story is linear and there are basically no subplots. We follow one timeline without flashbacks, visions or other annoyances. The vampires, in this, look happy and sedated. The protagonist’s love interest makes bloodsucking appear romantic. A lot of time is spent in vehicles, for no apparent reason, making this a legit road movie.
Throw in a bunch of cops, fire, bar fights, action and some guns, and, all of the sudden, the movie starts crumbling a little passed the halfway mark. It may be that the utopia we were first seduced with is falling apart. Near Dark makes it cool to be a vampire in the 1980’s. It's very accessible. It has an interesting cast including Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton.