This would be a late 80s / early 90s vampire movie. American made / cast. I don't think it was a low budget movie.

The story follows a teenager and his younger sister, somewhere in the south west in America, I think they might be homeless.

The boy encounters a band of vampires, I think there's about 6 or 7 of them, they're travelling through the area in a van with blacked out windows. He gets romantically involved with a teenage vampire about his own age and he eventually becomes a vampire himself.

He has some sort of falling out with the group's leader and most of the group turn on him so he takes his sister on the run. The majority of the movie then is the vampires chasing them through the desert and small towns, most of them end up dead, I think the boy survives but the overall theme was pretty dark so he and his little sister might end up dead too.

One thing I remember for sure is one of the vampires running with a blanket draped over them, but the blanket isn't really doing a good job as the vampire is burning up fairly rapidly.

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    I edited the title so it is less generic and describes the work a bit better. I don't see why you'd keep the ambiguous general one.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jul 12, 2018 at 12:05
  • The title was/is fine. It was answered correctly pretty quickly actually. I know editing posts is your thing and that's fine, but I don't think this edit is necessary.
    – Daft
    Jul 12, 2018 at 12:15
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    I'm not saying the title wasn't fine only that a more descriptive title is a whole lot better and rolling it back seems odd (unless I made some mistake in my summary). I only edited the post because the answer was recently bumped. However, it is your post to do with as you please of course.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jul 12, 2018 at 12:17

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This is the 1987 vampire flick Near Dark with Lance Henrikson and Bill Paxton.

One night, Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar), a young man in a small town, meets an attractive young drifter named Mae (Jenny Wright). Just before sunrise, she bites him on the neck and runs off. The rising sun causes Caleb's flesh to smoke and burn. Mae arrives with a group of roaming vampires in an RV and takes him away. The most psychotic of the vampires, Severen (Bill Paxton), wants to kill Caleb but Mae reveals that she has already turned him. Their charismatic leader Jesse Hooker (Lance Henriksen) reluctantly agrees to allow Caleb to remain with them for a week, to see if he can learn to hunt and gain the group's trust. Caleb is unwilling to kill to feed, which alienates him from the others. To protect him, Mae kills for him and then has him drink from her wrist.

Jesse's group enters a bar and kills the occupants. They set the bar on fire and flee the scene. After Caleb endangers himself to help them escape their motel room during a daylight police raid, Jesse and the others are temporarily mollified, with Caleb asking Jesse how old he was and told he fought for the South. Caleb's father (Tim Thomerson) searches for Jesse's group. A child vampire in the group, Homer (Joshua John Miller) meets Caleb's sister Sarah (Marcie Leeds) and wants to turn her into his companion, but Caleb objects. While the group argues, Caleb's father arrives and holds them at gunpoint, demanding that Sarah be released. Jesse taunts him into shooting but regurgitates the bullet before wrestling the gun away. In the confusion, Sarah opens a door, letting in the sunlight and forcing the vampires back. Burning, Caleb escapes with his family.

Caleb suggests they try giving him a blood transfusion to attempt to cure him. The transfusion successfully reverses Caleb's transformation. That night, the vampires search for Caleb and Sarah. Mae distracts Caleb by trying to persuade him to return to her while the others kidnap his sister. Caleb discovers the kidnapping and his tires slashed but gives chase on horseback. When the horse shies and throws him, he is confronted by Severen. Caleb commandeers a tractor-trailer and runs Severen over. The injured vampire suddenly appears on the hood of the truck and manages to rip apart the wiring in the engine. Caleb jackknifes the vehicle and jumps out as the truck explodes, killing Severen. Seeking revenge, Jesse and his girlfriend Diamondback (Jenette Goldstein) pursue him but are forced to flee in their car as dawn breaks.

Not wanting Sarah to become another childlike monster, Mae breaks out of the back of the car with Sarah. Mae's flesh begins to smoke as she is burned by the sun but she carries Sarah into Caleb's arms, taking refuge under his jacket. Homer attempts to follow, but as he runs he dies from exposure to the sun. Jesse and Diamondback, their sunproofing ruined, also begin to burn. They attempt to run Caleb and Sarah over but fail, dying as the car blows up. Mae awakens later, her burns now healed. She too has been given a transfusion and is cured. She and Caleb comfort each other in a reassuring hug as the film ends.

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    Another great vampire movie released in the same year: The Lost Boys
    – RobertF
    Jun 26, 2015 at 14:09
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    I saw this movie when it first came out, bigger impact then as there were far fewer vampire flicks in those days. I definitely liked it.
    – releseabe
    Jul 18, 2021 at 12:35

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