Near Dark is a very slick vampire flick...even though the word vampire is never mentioned. It's basically about a guy who is attracted to this girl he sees and from outta nowhere he is thrust into a world that he is completely unprepared to deal with. They roam the midwest killing people and drinking their blood every night. It's a gruesome deed but it must be done for their survival.
It's great to see the team from Aliens brought back together. Not all of them of course, but we got Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Jenette Goldstein. They all had an epic ora to themselves, especially Bill Paxton. His character Severn really stole the show. I find it hard to believe that this movie would be any better without him. He had all the great lines and he was one sick evil dude. Lance was mostly the evil one, he's so awesome when he takes command of the screen.
The effects are great. Although they are deathly allergic to sunlight they seem to find themselves getting stuck in the sun on more than a few occasions during the hour and a half on screen. You'd think after decades of doing this that they'd have a system down for staying out of the sunlight. Maybe set up stations all over the US or something. Who am I to argue with the motives of the undead?
Either way, Near Dark is one hell of a ride. It starts off rather intriguing, playing on the assumption that the viewer knows what a vampire is and the rules of being a vampire. I love that aspect of it and how the story wraps around that theme. The deaths are cool, the characters are slick, and the night has its price.