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Los Angeles Times:
There's a ghastly humor in all this, and Bigelow brings it out without overindulging it. Faced with a nearly repulsive subject, she makes the blood flow inside it, stream out over the cuts.
Long after the picture ends, you're left with potent half-images: strong-but-vague impressions that resemble the remains of dreams.
This is on the whole a striking directorial debut, at once scary and erotic, with lots of sidelong touches in the casting, direction, and script.
Near Dark has filmmaking finesse to spare, but puts its dank characters on display rather than cadging sympathy for them. It is the Blue Velvet of date-night spook shows.
A subtle study in the seductiveness of evil and a terrifying ride to the edge of darkness.
High-powered but pared down, slick but spare, this is a tale that introduces the unearthly into the banality of rural American existence.
Bigelow has cross-bred vampire legends, westerns and biker movies to arrive at a combination that's both outrageous and poetic; it has extravagant, bloody thrills plus something else -- something that comes close to genuine emotion.