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30 Days of Night (2007 movie)

Horror movie directed by David Slade

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A Neverending Night

  • Dec 27, 2007
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As 30 DAYS OF NIGHT opens, a Stranger (Ben Foster) wanders away from a freighter stuck in ice. The stranger had a key role in the events that are about to unfold and is on his way to Barrow, Alaska to watch the mayhem of his making. Barrow is a small town on the Artic Circle that for thirty days a year never sees the sun. Most of the town's citizens leave, but some remain behind. The day before the beginning of the long night Barrow's sheriff, Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett) finds himself busier than usual. People's cell phones are found burned to a crisp, the town's helicopter is destroyed, and all of the sled dogs in the village are brutally killed. While investigating the crimes Eben learns that his estranged wife, Stella (Melissa George), has missed her flight out of town and will be staying in Barrow through the long night.

The Stranger causes a ruckus at the local diner and Eben believes he's the one responsible for all the strange and violent acts. The Stranger laughs because he knows the vampires are coming and after taking out the local telecommunications center and power station they do. The vampires move from house to house in a feeding frenzy. Most of the townspeople are killed, but a few survivors make their way to the local diner to seek asylum. The flaws in staying at the diner soon become apparent and some of the survivors decide to make their way to the hidden attic of a local homeowner who has left for the winter. The group succeeds in traversing across the town and makes it to the attic. The group attempts to weather the storm until the day when the sun rises again, but that day is a long time off and the vampires have other plans.

30 DAYS OF NIGHT starts out with a premise that is indeed terrifying. When I first learned about the project, I thought the concept was great and was excited to see the movie. The film is shadowed in an almost dreamlike grey tint for most of the picture which augments the terror seen on the screen and sets the tone for most of the movie. However, I was a bit disappointed by the vampires. They pretty much seemed like the typical blood-sucking creatures of dark, but with a bit more intelligence than usual. I was also disappointed that there wasn't more action in the film. Since the movie is supposed to take place over thirty days, I assumed there would be lots of fighting. Unfortunately, that's not the case. There are a few action sequences, such as when a bulldozer plows into the local hotel, but not as many as there should have been; about half of the movie is setting around watching the characters sitting around getting cold and hungry and going crazy with cabin fever. That's not to say that 30 DAYS OF NIGHT is a bad movie, because it isn't., for instance even though most of the characters are type characters I was still able to relate to the townspeople and the situation of being cooped up and not being able to do anything about it. However, the movie just isn't as good as I expected it to be. It's a decent vampire picture with a promising premise with a few twists that doesn't quite deliver.

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David (Hard Candy) Slade directs this nerve-jangling adaptation of the popular graphic novel series about a mob of vampires that overruns a remote Alaskan town in the grip of30 Days of Night. Josh Hartnett and Melissa George are the film's de facto heroes (he's the stoic town sheriff and she's his estranged fire-marshal wife) but the picture's real MVP is Slade's camera (along with cinematographer Jo Willems), which careens across the town's snowy landscape to detail the vampires' horrific assault on its inhabitants, which are quickly pared down to a hardy few. The script, co-written by the source material's creator, Steve Niles, along withPirates of the Caribbean's Stuart Beattie andHard Candy's Brian Nelson), proudly wears its influences on its crimson-stained sleeve (Bram Stoker'sDracula, natch, but alsoSalem's Lot, Night of the Living Dead, and John Carpenter's version ofThe Thing) and boils down the graphic novels to a series of tense and extremely bloody standoffs between Harnett and George's band of survivors and the vaguely Slavic and ferocious bloodsuckers led by Marlow (a feral and frightening Danny Huston). And if the characters seem stock and the finale begs suspension of disbelief, the set pieces leading up to it are sufficiently supercharged with suspense and violence to please most horror fans. Standouts in the supporting cast are Ben Foster as the film's Renfield figure and Mark Boone Junior; the ...
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Director: David Slade
Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 19, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
Runtime: 113 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Dark Horse Entertainment
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