Back in 1987 two vampire movies hit theaters. The first being Lost Boys, a movie that became a instant cult hit and the second, Near Dark, which didn’t even get half the love. While it did poorly at the time of it’s release, over time it has developed a substantial and devoted fan base.
Near Dark is a vampire western film written by Eric Red and Kathryn Bigelow and directed by Bigelow. The film is about a farm boy from Oklahoma, Caleb Colton, who meets Mae, a cute vagabond. Shortly before sunrise Mae bites Caleb, turning him into a vampire, she then runs off to her family of roaming vampires. Her and the rest of her group come back for Caleb and reluctantly let the new vampire join them and their wicked lifestyle. The story then focuses on Caleb’s father and then his sister, causing Caleb to choose between his new life and his human family. Director Bigelow pulls out all the breaks in this inventive, action packed horror movie sure to please any western and/or vampire fan.
There was a plan to remake this classic movie but after the release of Twilight film Near Dark’s remake was put on hold. According to producer Brad Fuller, “I think that Twilight was the same type of thing we were going for although Near Dark was a much darker, sexier, rated R version of that. But I’m concerned that, conceptually, that Near Dark and Twilight are too similar in terms of a vampire movie. For now, that movie is on hold.” So if you are looking forward to a Near Dark remake you may have to wait quite a while.
Near Dark is one of the most underrated vampire films out there but has, over the years, grown in popularity. So much so that they have put it to blu-ray, which will be released November 10, 2009.
Absolutely one of the most under rated vampire films. One of my favorites! A remake would be a shame though. This is one that should just be left as it is.