It turns out Mae belongs to a very odd group of outlaw vampires who have some pretty clever (and pretty gruesome) methods of acquiring fresh blood. Homer looks like a young boy yet Jesse (Henriksen) calls him "old man." Then there's Goldstein's Diamondback, who's kind of the irresponsible mother of the group, and Paxton's Severen might be the weirdest of the bunch. At one point Caleb asks Henriksen's character how old he is and the response is: "I fought for the south." Following a perfectly calculated beat, he adds with a smile, "We lost."
I'm not even sure what that means, but I love it.
Near Dark is no more a horror movie than it is a western, providing the themes and violence we expect from both. The title doesn't just describe the tone, but the cinematography as well. You're going to have a very bad time trying to watch this one in a bright room. The picture below is about as bright as the movie ever gets.
Recently, someone thought it was a good idea to market the film to the Twilight crowd now (see: Exhibit A). That's like cramming a long list of keyword spam into a Craigslist listing—you're wasting everyone's time unless you're specifically targeting your market. Yes, it has vampire romance, but the similarities end there.