The Best of Terror 2016: Top 300 Anthology, Public Domain & Franchise Horror Movies

The following recommendations represent the best 33% of 900 horror movie reviews. Movies are classified according to their genres, subgenres, moods and antagonists. They are sorted according to the sum of various ratings: stars, story, creativity, acting, quality and rewatchability.

Near Dark

A man joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned into one by a drifter.

 

United States
1987
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
6
One for the road!
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
3
3
3
Performances
Plot
Ambiance
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.
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Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Slasher Films

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