30 Days Of Night
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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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In Barrow, Alaska they have one month out of the year that it stays dark for 30 days. As darkness approaches the villagers find themselves being attacked by unknown forces. It doesn't take the town long to find out they are being hunted by blood sucking vampires. Unable to escape since the airport has been shut down until sunrise and the vampires have destroyed all connections leading outside of town, the only means of surviving is to hide and wait for 30 days of night to be over. Unfortunately the small towns people need food and supplies to last them 30 days. They have to create diversions and truck through the blizzard and freezing cold in hopes of trying to dodge the nasty, vicious creatures of the night. Who will survive and who will fall prey to the night that surrounds them?
The difference between watching a movie and reading a book(even one with pictures) is that your mind creates a much more terrible scenrio than the film could ever live up to. So most of the time when you end up watching a movie that is based on a book, you are disappointed. Because what you thought up in your mind isn't at all the same as what you just watched. I do think that if the 30 Days Of Night had been original it would have been a alot better release. Another problem of the film was the unnecessary length. All in all it wasn't a terrible watch. I recommend watching it for free.
The requirement that vampires be cool is what relegates them to the garbage can of fiction: i.e. nerd literature. If you want to write an interesting vampire story, there are many problems to overcome. One is the nuts and bolts of vampirism, which ordinarily requires a slack-jawed suspension of disbelief. Then, there's the whole shlock angle: the vampire's well-known behaviors of avoiding daylight and drinking blood... it's a real yawn. If you want to write an interesting vampire story, it would have to be about a vampire who is totally uncool, doesn't care about drinking blood and doesn't have any problem with daylight. What's that you say? Then what makes him a vampire? Ahh, there's the rub. Probably the closest thing to real life vampires are junkies. So maybe a movie should be made about a group of ratty junkies who converge on Barrow Alaska to flop for a month. They don't got a problem with daylight, but they hate water like cats. So they get to Barrow, find the methadone clinic. Find out there isn't one. Then they scrounge around forlornly,looking for junk. "Hey dude, you know where I can score? You gotta friend in me and if." Goddam can't wait hungry junkies. Once they get it in the vein, whaddo they care? And USE that alcohol. Its all I need for pen indef the fuzz rumbles a dirty spoon in my trap. The Sailor went wrong and hanged hisself in the Tombs. "Some things I find myself doing I'll pack in is all." Now you got yourself a movie.
I did expect a little bit more from director David Slade after his debut Hard Candy starring current "it" girl Ellen Page (Juno), but it's a fun time none the less.
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