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No mopey teenage vampires here. This movie is the real thing.
on November 8, 2015
Now here's a different kind of vampire movie. These vampires are not elegant like Bela Lugosi in formal wear and cape. Nor are they they moody, young adult vampires of Twilight, released just a year after this film. They're more like the violent, ruthless vampires of Near Dark, a 1987 vampire reimagining that made them contemporary young drifters. But they're much worse that that. these vampires are truly awful, more like aliens, more like animals. Totally terrifying, totally relentless. Their only moods are hunger and killing. They speak a guttural tongue like something out of Mordor, and don't even speak that often.
Isolation is often a key to horror and suspense films, and this film has that neatly and realistically done by setting it in Pt.Barrow, Alaska a small town ion the northern coast that literally has a month of total darkness and where over half the town flies south every year to sunny climes like Anchorage and Seattle to escape the total dark. Already isolated, the vampires send in an advance man to cut the town off from even further, then the assault begins.
The film is well acted with Josh Hartnett as the local constable, Eben Oleson and Melissa George as his estranged wife, Stella. Danny Huston is pure evil as the head of the vampire pack. It's atmospherically shot to emphasize the isolation of the place and the terror of those now trapped there. The film is also bloody and does not shy away from showing it, yet doesn't overdo the gore for its own sake. There's no room for comedy or campy bits. This film is totally serious throughout and gains in power because of it. I felt totally tense for almost the whole length of it.