The Film: Near Dark (1987)
The Vamps: Brutal killers Severen (Bill Paxton), Diamondback (Jenette Goldstein) and the more thoughtful but no less dangerous Jesse Hooker (Lance Henriksen), who swarm into a small Oklahoma town intent on some hillbilly grub. As in, hillbillies.
Why Are They Weird? They’re Southern-fried, leather jacket-clad, hollering urban cowboys (and girls). No capes and collars for this lot.
But they do keep to the standard mythology in one way – expose ‘em to the sun and “Southern-fried” is suddenly an apt description. Crispy!
Fangs for the trivia: Director Kathryn Bigelow originally wanted to make a Western, but when no one wanted to fund it, she took a suggestion to blend it with another genre. Hello, lucrative horror…