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Near Dark (1987)
A classic film, that doesn't try to conform
I have read through many of the reviews on this film and felt I needed to add my thoughts. Near Dark is, in my opinion, a classic vampire movie, though the ending does leave something to be desired. The review contains spoilers.
The disappointment of the ending does not rest in the way in which Caleb is cured, whose to say that transferring all the blood and replacing it with clean blood would not cure someone bitten, though not actually killed, by a vampire. Precedent is there within vampire lore - Van Helsing tries similar with Lucy, in Bram Stoker's classic novel. It's just that the ending is so saccharine sweet it is untrue. After the darkness of the rest of the film, this is jarring.
I feel it unfair to complain because a film changes the rules, so long as the rules contain their own inner logic. Besides which, all vampire folklore is very different depending on which country one looks at. This film works within its own, consistent, logic.
The film takes the genre and moves it in other directions and, so long as it works, that is a fine thing to do. In this case it works extremely well. The cast is solid, creepy and sinister in turns and the atmosphere of the movie sends chills up the spine.
I recommend watching the movie whole-heartedly.