20 Things You Didn't Know About Near Dark
Near Dark is a genre bending, revisionist horror for sure, but this isn't your average blood sucker flick either; in fact, the word 'vampire' isn't mentioned once in the entire 94 minute running time.
In 1987, the horror genre was going through necessary change - the 1970s had seen the fall of lavish, vaguely camp Hammer productions, and the rise of the slasher flick. The cliches were out and the reinvention of the terror experience was in full swing again.
It's clear from the outset that Bigelow wanted a totally fresh approach, eschewing almost every accepted vampire trope going. No mirrors, garlic, holy water or crucifixes to be found here; Near Dark is only recognisable as a vampire film through blood drinking and an aversion to sunlight.