From Chelsea/VBC: This is the second in a series of spook-tacular posts leading up to Halloween. I’ve invited a few friends to fill us in on their favorite monsters. Today the too-clever-for-her-own-good (and talented) Kristen Painter convinces you to love her favorite vampire movie. Also, she gives away the first of her House of Comarré books, Blood Rights, and a copy of Near Dark. Pretty damn awesome.
My favorite vampire movie is also one of the most unknown (at least no one ever seems to know about it when I mention it) and underrated vampire movies out there. Near Dark. Heard of it? It’s okay if you say no, but if you’ve seen it, you’re my new best friend. Unless you didn’t like it then a hex on you. ;o)
Near Dark is everything a vampire movie should be: gritty, layered, and occasionally humorous/romantic/scary, with bouts of realism and mythology thrown in. It’s boy meets girl, girl turns him into a vampire, boy does things for her he never imagined doing. It’s Sons of Anarchy meets True Blood. Plus (a young) Adrian Pasdar, Bill Paxton and Lance Henrikson. Sold yet?
I’ll go so far as to say that movie might be what got me hooked on vampires. The movie doesn’t portray them as magical, mystical creatures who wear velvet and drink blood from crystal goblets. On the contrary, these vampires seemed…real. Watching them deal with ordinary situations becomes fascinating. There’s even a vampire “child”, one of the most curious and enlightening portrayals of such a character as I’ve seen.
So, did any of this influence me as I wrote my own vampire series, the House of Comarré? I’d have to say yes. Not directly, there’s no Easter egg that reveals anything specific to Near Dark, but maybe some of the grittiness of my own work is shaded by this film, maybe the way my vampires are monsters rather than glittery icons recalls these creatures that drew me in as I watched.
How about I let you decide? One lucky commenter will receive both a DVD of Near Dark and a copy of the first book in the House of Comarré series, Blood Rights.
Update from VBC: This contest is now closed. KH is the winner. We’ve contacted her. Thanks to everyone who entered.