Don’t remake ”Near Dark”
Given Hollywood’s current preoccupation with horror remakes, it was only a matter of time before someone remembered Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark, co-written by The Hitcher’s Eric Red. Like The Hitcher, Near Dark is another great ’80s time-capsule cult gem. (Michael Bay’s production company is currently attached to the remake.) Heroes’ Adrian Pasdar plays a lonely farm boy who falls for a girl who’s a member of a wandering band of Southern Gothic vampires who’ve been around, in one form or another, since the Civil War. (Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, and Jenette Goldstein play the undead ”family,” making Near Dark something of an Aliens cast reunion.) A modern-day horror Western, Near Dark is as stark, spare, and sinewy a film as the original Hitcher and, as such, would be better left unmolested. Especially after seeing the crime that’s been committed in that one’s name.