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Josh Harnett (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.System Requirements:Run Time: 113 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR/PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER Rating: R UPC: 043396196155 Manufacturer No: 19615
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
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Beyond 30 Days of Night
- Had a lot of potential...but
It started out well. It had a lot of promise. Reminds you of "The Thing." As one of the reviewers said, the bird's eyeview shots were great and the redness of the blood contrasted well with the snow...until the vampires showed themselves fully. In my case, that could be forgiven. Although Danny Houston ("Marlowe") could have used more make up. They had a lot of bald vampires which reminds you of Nosferatu or Mr. Barlow from Salem's lot. The girls made to walk on the snow as baits was pretty clever. The vampires standing on the roofs was pretty cool. However, Vampires are supposed to be afraid of fire. I could not understand why Marlowe started to burn the town. I thought it was the way to get Melissa George's (who's the splitting image of Olivia d'Abo [Wonder Years]) character from under the house. If that was the case, then the vampires could have easily taken her from under the house as they previously did in an earlier scene. Also, if Josh Harnett's character knew the way to kill them is to cut of their heads, why didn't they get more axes from the hardware store for his companions to use? But what killed the story was when Josh Hartnett had to become a vampire to defeat the vampires. That was just too "Buffy the Vampire Hunter" (the TV show not the movie) and it just made the story a little corny....more info
- 90 minutes of disappointment?
The 30-days-of-night film adaptation fails to bring to the screen the originality of the original medium's grimy ambiance. The special effects and make up techniques carry most of the burden and only the cast of the leading characters portraying the "bad guys", although sometimes falling over the edge in their mimic portray of raging emotions and animalistic expressions, manage to depict part of the authenticity of the theme. The film adaptation also fails to keep up the suspense, making some scenes either boring or irrelevant (i.e. check scene where deranged old man escapes from hiding and son follows to save him but the camera shows only destiny of the latter); in some cases it even fails to convince how the supernatural traits of this particular breed of vampires seem to gradually diminish and thus allowing to the god guys to bring some successfully delivered devastating blows. Moreover, the film gives the impression that the director has not decided whether the vampires move with unnatural speed and strength or not. In general, the movie gave too much attention to the violence and ignored the innovative depiction of the particular vampires which bring to the genre. The artistic approach removed the spotlight from the theatrical depiction of the real protagonists who should have been the eternally damned. Positive elements kept from the original medium include make up of the vampires which reminds evolutionary steps to the now classic Nosferatu, some pseudo- or real philosophical innuendos which the viewer can approach in a variety of ways and based on their individual social and religious background. In other words, disappointment for those who read the comic and then watch the film. Surely not very appealing to non friends of the horror genre....more info
- Best Creepy Vampire flick, and original too!
I am not a Vampire fan. I am more of a Zombie fan. This is like watching a really good Zombie film. The idea of the film is great, with darkness falling for days. A premiss for a great Vampire movie. To me it worked great. The Vampire Zombie Peeps are really creepy, and just because Josh is in the movie doesn't mean it's going to be a Feel-good Vampire movie. He was actually really good in this. If Keaneu Reeves had done it, it would have been a dreadful pile of steaming crap... You must see this movie if you like Vampire/Zombie horror.
It's what a Vampire movie should be like. Not like all the pop-culture crap out there these days....more info
- Why so bad?
I don't understand why this movie recieved poor reviews. The concept is excelent, the acting was pretty flawless, the FX were simple yet effective, and the vampires were the most ruthlessly frightening that I've seen in a very long time.
The only reason I can think of as to why certain viewers did'nt like this film, is that, for once, a director wanted to step outside the box of "traditional" vamp.. movies. People are just stuck on the old style. Too bad. ...more info
- A Unsatisfying Thirst For More Blood.......2 3/4 stars
I waited to see this film until it came out on the movie channels. Mainly because I had a feeling that it wasn't quite worth the rent. However I was impressed to see that it was not a total let down. I own the comic book that the movie originated from, and of course the comic book was way better, as they usually are. I was very grateful for the way the vampires looked, pretty much the exact duplicate of the comic. The film had some good scenes of blood and gore,(scenes of beheading are always fun). The tension was not what it should have been, there were moments. But the whole comic book was intense. The atmosphere was creepy and the writing was good. The acting was good except some times it came off a bit forced. I did enjoy the ending.
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....more info
- Great Eerie Atmosphere Throughout
This is one of my favorites. I'm getting a little tired of the zombie/vampire genre, but this one is a standout. Like a good horror movie, the atmosphere is eerie throughout with good mood music, camera work, etc. The sets are great, and this is particularly fantastic in Blu Ray. Good acting, good story, and generally well entertaining. ...more info
- Unique, Vicious, Interesting
I enjoyed this film from beginning to end and have watched it many times although normally I have zero interest in vampires as they are clownish and not frightening in the least.
What made this film a 5 is the plot's uniqueness in how vampires are portrayed.
Unique in that who would have ever thought to bring vampires to Alaska where it stays dark for 30 days. No coffins to be seen (so mundane) and they do not speak English. These vampires have no interest in communicating with humans. There is also none of that ridiculous male vampire to female woman sexual undertone in this film.
These vampires are extremely vicious, quick, cruel, intelligent and secretive. Humans are food-period.
The people of Barrow reacted the way any population would-with bravery and insight. They were not going to go down without a fight.
The ending was also amazingly unique because no one had ever thought to beat vampires at their own game.
- At last, REAL vampires!
In Barrow Alaska, a desolate small town, there falls a time of year where the black of night lasts for 30 days. While many flee the darkness for Anchorage, others stay behind to weather the long night. As the sun sets on our film, the sheriff is called out to investigate the brutal slaying of every available sled dog in town; a puzzling and disturbing occurrence in a small quiet town.
Night falls, and the vampires come out to play. They're ugly, deadly, and very thirsty. These are real vampires, evil and blood-driven, not the obscene domesticated vampire who wants to help humanity or the romanticized vampires of Rice and Hamilton's silly erotica novels. Their gory invasion is swift and thorough, leaving behind very few survivors. Those left must huddle together, hidden in various houses around the town as they wait for the far off dawn. The gore level escalates as the survivors discover that those bitten must be beheaded in order to keep them dead. Survival seems doubtful as the long night wears on, and the vampires just keep coming.
The best part of this movie is the vampires. I must say that they're pretty sloppy eaters, leaving lots of blood strewn about in the wake of their feasting, their mouths and clothing dripping with blood, and still gushing meals abandoned. You got to love those inky black eyes, though, and the way they keep the gore level up to entertaining levels. The survivors, however, seemed a bit wooden. Their dialogue was weak, and the characters not fully developed. This made it harder to identify with their plight. The scenes of the desolate town were adequate, but the soundtrack was also weak, not helping to build any suspense around the predicament of the survivors.
Over all, I was gratified enough by the vampires to make this an enjoyable horror flick. Recommended for fans of the old-fashioned horror-vampires, the human-cattle herders of old. Rent first before buying. Enjoy!
- Doesn't make me want to go to Alaska
I admit I thought this movie was going to be a really great horror story when I picked it up. I was thinking what a terrifying idea it was, a place like Alaska, one of the few places on Earth where there would literally be 30 days of night. There's no where to hide from a vampire!
However, this movie failed to pick up steam. We have the standard subplot with the police force who are estranged and headed for divorce court. The town is shutting down as they are prepping for their 30 days of night, something unique to the residents of Alaska. But ... it just didn't fly. Instead it turned depressing real quick. ...more info
- IS IT THAT TIME OF THE MONTH AGAIN? !
'30 Days Of Night' has a good premise, great setting and solid special FX, but it's a poorly executed film! The film starts out interesting enough, but soon turns into a ridiculous and amateurish horror movie with no real tension. 30 days fly by 7 to 9 days at a time with so many people getting killed in the first few minutes it should have only taken half a day to kill everybody in town. It doesn't feel like these people have been trapped anywhere for more than a few minutes! OK, they added facial hair to the men to imply some time had passed, but the time element and isolation were completely forgot about. This was really a missed opportunity as this could have been a really intense film! It turn out to be a pretty mediocre film with one of the stupidest endings I've ever seen in a horror film! Watch it on cable if you must see it....more info
- 30 Minutes of Night
Ok I'm not one of these cats who has only seen the movie,
but has never even so much as heard of the writer or the source material.
I'm a graphic novel/comic book junkie,
so I can tell you without a shred of doubt,
that this movie was missing something;
something I couldn't quite put my finger on at first.
That was until it was pointed it out to me by my horror buddy........
You never got the impression that these people were trapped for any length of time.
Everywhere they hid, it felt like they were there for mere minutes, not days.
It lacked that utterly "trapped feeling" that most zombie films so accurately portray.
It never felt like they were cut-off from civilization for 30 days,
It felt more like 2 or 3 days tops.
There was never any sense of dread or despair,
something that should have been paramount in this kind of flick,
something that a movie like "The Mist" depicted perfectly.
The pandemonium in the streets should have been an integral part of the film as well,
the creme de la creme,
and yet it was glossed over, and reduced to a momentary overhead shot.
Individual struggles against the vampires would have been a necessary addition too,
especially to invoke a personal sense of horror.
Sadly there were very few, if any of these.
There also should have been a heavier emphasis on the "silence factor"
(The vampires have accute hearing,
so the survivors had to keep perfectly still & silent in the graphic novels)
Instead of taking all this into consideration,
the director & the special effects team opted to waaay over-use the Raimi pulley technique.
Something that became tired very early on in the film.
(I don't think vampires are going to drag EVERYBODY by their legs)
The deaths-scenes also left much to be desired.
The vampire were savage,
so the death scenes should have matched that savagery pound for pound.
Alot more throat tearing would have been in order.
The films only saving grace,was the multiple-chop decapitation performed by Josh Hartnet.
This flick honestly needed another half hour to heighten the tension.
The lack of dread, horror, fear, and despair is what ultimately killed this movie.
So as per my wife, I dub this film, "30 Minutes of Night"
In most cases the movie is never as good as the material it's trying to replicate.
That's not the case here though.
The graphic novel was equally as disappointing,
but then again, I say that only because the story felt VERY rushed,
& the art was god-awful.
As the series continued, it got better, the story I mean...not the art.
There WAS an entire segment of the graphic novel however, that the movie shrugged off.
But in retrospect it was probably alot better off without it.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Monster have to eat too
- good scary movie
this movie is one of the few horror movies that has a decent plot, and has realistic outcomes of what people do when they are trying to survive. Josh Hartnett carries the movie!...more info