30 Days of Night

2008-02-25 16:03
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What it's about:

A half dead stranger stumbles into a small Alaskan town that is getting ready for their 30-day night in midwinter, babbling about death and evil. Soon strange things start happening, and Sheriff Oelson (Josh Hartnett) and his estranged wife Stella (Melissa George) end up facing a clan of vampires intent on bleeding the town dry.

What we thought of it:

2007 has been a very poor year for horror movies, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel in the form of 30 Days of Night, which shines as both a horror and a comedy. Fanboys will probably be frothing at the mouth round about now, but there's no point being faithful to a source if the resulting film is a pile of crap.

After a beginning reminiscent of John Carpenter's The Thing, you know you're going to be in for a bleak and claustrophobic ride through a frozen wasteland. Little time is spent on extrapolation before the action starts and the action is fast, violent and brutal. The vampires' animalistic looks give the nod to Nosferatu, and they’re as cruel as they come.

The biggest drawback for 30 Days of Night is that characterisation is rather slim and your sympathy for each successive victim diminishes as the film progresses. Luckily the grim atmosphere and thrilling pace keep things entertaining.

While lacking in originality, this film trumps every other ghastly vampire film made over the past few years (Underworld, Van Helsing, Blade 3… excuse me while I wash the vomit from my mouth). Like an angry undead pit-bull, 30 Days of Night grabs you by the throat, shakes you around mercilessly and only lets you go when the sun comes up.

- Ivan Sadler
A remote Alaskan town is attacked by vampires during a month of darkness in midwinter, forcing the inhabitants to flee into the frozen wastes, or turn and fight.

nyinyiko 2007/12/13 8:31 PM
day becoming night QQ
30Days 2007/12/14 11:58 PM
Awesome Great movie worthy of a look for fans of the genre and thrill seekers.
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