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A young man reluctantly joins a travelling "family" of evil vampires, when the girl he'd tried to seduce is part of that group.

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 7.0/10 (14,748 voted)

Kathryn Bigelow

Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Writers: Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red


Adrian Pasdar

Caleb Colton

Jenny Wright


Lance Henriksen

Jesse Hooker

Bill Paxton


Jenette Goldstein


Tim Thomerson

Loy Colton

Joshua John Miller


(as Joshua Miller)

Marcie Leeds

Sarah Colton

Kenny Call

Deputy Sheriff

Ed Corbett

Ticket Seller

Troy Evans

Plainclothes Officer

Bill Cross

Sheriff Eakers

Roger Aaron Brown

Cajun Truck Driver

Thomas Wagner


Robert Winley

Patron in Bar

Killing you would be easy, they'd rather terrify you…forever.

Release Date: 2 October 1987

Filming Locations: Casa Grande, Arizona, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $5,000,000


Opening Weekend: £93,055
(10 January 1988)
(71 Screens)

Gross: $3,369,307

Technical Specs


(cut version)

Did You Know?


Future husband James Cameron suggested to Bigelow that she use the ready-made ensemble cast from his recent hit
Aliens, and thus Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Jenette Goldstein all appear in Bigelow's film. Michael Biehn had also appeared in Aliens and was considered, but declined to participate.


Revealing mistakes:
When Caleb shows Mae the horse, the man holding the animal when it rears is clearly not Adrian Pasdar.


[first lines]

Caleb Colton:
[crushing a mosquito]
Dumb suck.

User Review

Natural Born Vampires


Caleb, a young cowboy out for a night of fun, meets Mae, a beautiful
and mysterious young girl with whom he becomes instantly besotted. Mae
is a strange young woman who runs off at the first sign of
daylight…but not before biting Caleb on the throat. As the sun rises
higher and Caleb finds himself suddenly sick and getting steadily
worse, a van load of drifters stop and all but kidnap him within sight
of his father and younger sister. In the van is Mae and her "family" –
a group of outlaw vampires who are not too thrilled with the addition
of Caleb to their group. Led by 300+ year old Jesse, his woman
Diamondback and the brutal Severen, the vampires reluctantly show Caleb
the ropes as they drift across the Midwest. But Caleb's father and
sister are looking for him, and soon Caleb will have to choose between
his old family and his new one.

This is a stunningly innovative and brutally bloody vampire film which
never once uses the word "vampire." The dirty, cruel, white trash
bloodsuckers could be anyone on the run from the law. This is almost
more of a crime spree/road story a la "Natural Born Killers" than a
horror movie, and this is exactly what makes it so effective. Stand out
scenes include a slaughter at a honky tonk and a shootout at a hotel in
the daylight hours. The characters are all well-drawn and complex and
the stark scenery throughout – filled with dust and desert and not much
else – just adds to the overwhelming sense of isolation, emptiness and
death. The murders are incredibly sadistic and gruesome and should
please gore fans. The ending – though it disappointed many – is
simplistic and surprisingly upbeat, just adding to the grim fairy tale
mood of the story. 9 on a scale of 10 for this powerful, desolate
vampire tale.