One regrets the pounding Muzak of Tangerine Dream, but this is on the whole a striking directorial debut, at once scary and erotic, with lots of sidelong touches in the casting, direction, and script (written by Bigelow and coproducer Eric Red).
Outside of Caleb and the Vamp who turns him, there is a minimum of character development and explanation. The word "Vampire" is never used in the film, and when our hero gets up on his horse for the first time, we know the good guys will win.
Bigelow draws on the eroticism of the vampire genre to make the outlaw life seem seductive (Adam Greenberg's gorgeous night photography has its own erotic charge too), and she makes Caleb's farm life seem dull through hackneyed imagery and a stolid performance from Tim Thomerson as Caleb's father. The allure of living outside the law would become a recurring theme in Bigelow's films (Point Break, Zero Dark Thirty), but never again did she convey the theme so starkly.