I joined the trial version of "AMC+", a streaming service, just so I could watch Near Dark, a 1987 dark "neo-western" vampire movie that I've been wanting to watch but never had. Notable elements:
- It was released a year after Aliens and stars three Aliens actors: Lance Henriksen (Bishop), Bill Paxton (Hudson), and Jenette Goldstein (Vasquez). In a nod to that other film, at one point the characters pass by a movie theater with Aliens on the billboard.
- I got vibes of both John Carpenter's Vampires and Tarantino movies in general, all of which came after this film. Would not be surprised if this film was an influence.
- Pretty decent film although the nights are apparently two hours long in this part of the country and the vampires are surprised by the dawn every damn time.
- Worst part of the film was a long 10-15 minute sequence where the vampire gang invades a small country bar and starts toying with and killing the handful of people there. It just felt like unnecessary sadism porn. IMO just fast forward that part.
My rating: B-