With Halloween this Friday it's time to celebrate with the five best vampire movies all week long, starting with Kathryn Bigelow's anti-western from the late 80's. This is a totally underrated, criminally underknown little movie with elements of horror, romance, sensuality and lots of blood, combining all the best known myths of vampire lore in a way that the Twilight movies could have only dreamed of. Adrian Pasdar is the young Oklahoma kid who's romanced by a beautiful girl from a very fangy family, and soon he's on the ride of his life as she turns him into one of them and the crew tears their way through the Southwest. Bigelow nails the sensuous, lusty desire of being a vampire and what it means to crave blood- that it comes along with passion for life in all its most extreme forms, from violence to heightened sexuality. It might have a bit of sloppy ending, but the vast majority of this movie works so well that you don't really mind. A classic of the genre.
Original 1987 Trailer: