Teenage farmhand Caleb, smitten by pale young drifter Mae, ends up trapped by her strange surrogate family, who turn out to be a wandering clan of vampires.
As Caleb’s father and younger sister try to track him down, Caleb attempts to save himself and Mae from the pack.
Oscar-winning writer-director Kathryn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker) breakout feature is an atmospheric nightmare, blending cutting-edge horror, gothic romance and elements of the Western.
Not immediately successful at the box office, the film has gone on to garner cult status as one of the best vampire films ever made.
Director Kathryn Bigelow, United States, 1987. 94mins. DCP.
Tickets: $12/$10, at http://shop.nfsa.gov.au/fri-13-sept-6pm-near-dark?preview=y.
Fri Sep 13
6:00 pm – 7:35 pm
National Film and Sound Archive