The vampires in NEAR DARK certainly aren’t your fancy aristocratic elite living in a distant castle. Oh no. Instead they’re a gun-toting gang that roams the American Southwest. This “family” isn’t so into the new guy Caleb, who’s been “turned” by the alluring Mae rather than killing him. The fact that Caleb can’t really make a kill or pull his own weight definitely makes matters worse for the group. Still, it’s not easy being undead and so ensues a violent unfolding of action that has made an initially overlooked film into an eternal vampire classic.
A statement from director Kathryn Bigelow:
“In an effort to sort of modernize the material, to update it and make it contemporary, we got rid of all the gothic aspects of the vampire mythology – the teeth, the bats, holy water, crosses, mirrors, all of that. We just kept the most salient aspects – they burn up in sunshine, they must drink blood to live, they live forever, bullets don’t hurt them, and they’re very strong. Then we set them in the mid-west and used aspects of a western – shootouts, showdowns at high noon, only in this case it’s high midnight.”