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Josh Hartnett (The Black Dahlia, Pearl Harbor) crosses over to the dark side in this bone-chilling adaptation of the cult-hit graphic novel, brought to the screen in all its demonic glory. In a small Alaskan town, thirty days of night is a natural phenomenon. Very few outsiders visit, until a band of bloodthirsty, deathly pale vampires mark their arrival by savagely attacking sled dogs. But soon they find there are much more satisfying thirst-quenchers about: human beings. One by one, the townspeople succumb to a living nightmare, but a small group survives -- at least for now. The vampires use the dark to their advantage, and surviving this cold hell is a game of cat and mouse...and screams.
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 of 30 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 with Pirates of the Caribbean's Stuart Beattie and Hard Candy's Brian Nelson), proudly wears its influences on its crimson-stained sleeve (Bram Stoker's Dracula, natch, but also Salem's Lot, Night of the Living Dead, and John Carpenter's version of The 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 disturbing score by Brian Reitzell also merits a mention. --Paul Gaita
Stills from 30 Days of Night (click for larger image)
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Beyond 30 Days of Night
On Widescreen DVD
- Blu-ray Exclusive: 30 IMAGES OF NIGHT Graphic Novel to Film Comparison Gallery
- Commentary with Josh Hartnett, Melissa George and Producer Rob Tapert
- 8 Behind the Scenes Featurettes Including: Pre-Production
- The Vampire
- Building Barrow
- The Look
- Blood, Guts & the Nasty #@$&!
- Night Shoots
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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.
No Count Dracula, here.
These vampires are freighted in on a cargo ship---sorta
like the movie DRACULA. The Renfield-like character,
here, is creepier, and immediately hated by everyone...
no mention of WHERE they come from; doesn't matter,
This is really great! My wife hated it; I loved it.
Pretty grizzly, bloody, graphic, blood, guts, and a heroic-ending...
Love those crispy-critters... at sunrise.
The group we center on has the young sheriff leading a small band whose numbers dwindle as the month gradually moves toward its end.
I don't know anything about anyone in the film but it does seem that Josh Hartnett, given top billing, does a good job of holding the cast together as Sheriff. Various others in the cast do well in the limited demands made upon them.
All-in-all, a relatively low key and probably inexpensive film worth watching when you are in the mood.
No real,story,other than the romance difficult angst, that accompanies most of these and other movies. Again,not as bad as many..a few twists...it as well liked by those drawn to these movies.
Josh Hartnett and Melissa George do an adequate job as the leads (separated couple stuck in town for the month of night). Characters were not very developed, the reason for less than 5 stars, if allowed I'd give this a solid 4.5 stars.
Overall, this film was scary, suspenseful and entertaining, I recommend it highly.