Despite their resurgence in the last decade, it now feels a little quaint to watch a vampire film in the midst of the zombie zeitgeist. But Kathryn Bigelow’s NEAR DARK has more gothic violence and brains than anything else on offer. A tale of cowboy meets vampire girl, Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) is beguiled by the kooky Mae (Jenny Wright) one night and a little necking session leads to fangs. As his body begins to change, he is pulled into her makeshift, dusty family of vamps who press Caleb to prove that he, too, can kill. Ultimately it’s a story of bloodsucking versus blood ties as loyalty, violence and romance compete against the harsh Southern sun.
Kathryn Bigelow is no stranger to savagery, and this is one of the best vampire movies ever made. The family in the film is mostly pulled from her ex-husband James Cameron’s Alien, including Lance Hendriksen, Jenette Goldstein and Bill Paxton. Paxton, in particular, is magnificent as an enigmatic, otherworldly brute in cowboy spurs – perfect for throat slitting.
Saturday 30 September 2017 at 8:00 PM
Golden Age Cinema & Bar
Paramount House, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia