We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
30 Days of Night
This is the story of an isolated Alaskan town that is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only the small town's husband-and-wife Sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction.
As I watch this flick from my trusty recliner I'm kinda like that dog asleep at your feet with the air paws thang going on as she chases rabbits in her dream ONLY I'm running, dodging hellaciously fast and hungry vampires, punching, kicking, clawing and decapitating heads of those unruly vamps!
My recliner takes a beating from all my squirming, jerking and jolting and other armchair vampire slayer antics!
It's hard not to love a film about rabidly savage vampires who treat a small remote town in Alaska that just entered 30 days of night as an all you can eat buffet!
As far as action goes those pesky vamps were busier than a whore on nickel night! The overhead view panning over the streets of Barrow was pure movie magic! Capturing the full brunt of the mass carnage as blood spatter decorated the freshly fallen snow!
Now this is a vampire film I can really sink my teeth into!
Laurie Strode's son and the Batshit crazy bitch from Triangle in the fight of their lives against some hungry vampires. Darkness. A doggy massacre. The Messenger's ugly-ass teeth. Grandma's Medical marijuana. A gladiator cop. A deadly game of rock-paper-scissors. Bobby from SoA's snowmobile ownage. A Magic City vamp. A chicken-shit doc. A loony old man. One naughty little girl. Going all Lizzie Borden on your friends. Brotherly love. Crixus loses his head, again. Juicing on vamp-roids to save the day. Enjoying a sunrise with the one you love. One of the better vampire films in recent memory.
"When man meets a force he can't destroy, he destroys himself. What a plague you are."
Most vampire films of the last 40 years have the same premise and conclusion, the hero needs to survive the night, needs to hold on for the glimmer of sun light and victory will be achieved. 30 Days of Night takes away the safety net away, in a town without sunlight for 30 days in the small town of Barrow, Alaska.
David Slade interpretation of the graphic novel by the same name, is fantastic, He did some great camera work, like a bird view shot that is really cool and effective, the cinematography by Jo Willems is hunting,…
Pulled this one off the blu ray shelf for a rewatch the other day and liked it even more than the first time. What struck me on this viewing was just how strong David Slade's direction is for a second feature. Touches like the very video game like overhead shot of the mayhem are absolutely inspired and original. It's no surprise his career would flourish, from directing a Twilight film (any young director would be stupid not to accept that offer) to his great work on the some of the finest episodes of Hannibal (the most visually stunning thing on tv). I would love to see him back in the saddle for another big feature, but whatever he does, he's…
This is one of my most watched Vampire films. David Slade's 30 Days of Night is a fantastic comic book adaption. It's a rewarding little vampire shocker, set in some great locations, with an effective use of colour and sound that sets a real creepy tone. It's set in Barrow Alaska, the northernmost town in the United States. It's the beginning of 30 days without sunlight and the towns remaining residents are about to be hunted down by a group of rather nasty vampires. The savage, brutal and ultra violent gore in a few scenes really looks extra special against the eerie white snowy backdrop of Barrow. Look out for my favourite scene - the superb aerial flyby of the…
Most of the time, horror movies like this have very simple premises. This one is no different, but it's more, it's even good. The northernmost (I didn't know that was a word) town in Alaska prepares for 30 days of darkness. Those who can, leave, the less fortunate, they stay. But during this beautiful, temporary final sunset, sheriff Eben is called for some odd cases...
With this as a starting point, combined with a great visual compartment (blood and snow make for nice contrasts) and a thoughtful cinematography (town itself and some impressive atmospherical opening shots), you would expect a score to bite in, unfortunately the experience is slightly hampered by some questionable acting and, in my eyes, as often, being overlong. Why not skip some scenes and condense it into a powerful 90-something minutes?
Still, a story like this, a skilled director, and an approppriate ending make this a delicious meal all the way.
My last entry in #Horrorctober 2014.
I decided to watch this flawed but entertaining vampire flick for the third time, and it still holds up. Even though the only really scary sequence is "borrowed" from "Dawn of the Dead" by Zack Snyder, I like how David Slade was able to create a believable scenario in which I simply dove in.
My favourite thing: Ben Foster acting crazy as hell.
It all worked well enough in the opening act, but once everything went to hell and the inevitable bloodbath ensued, I didn't particularly care enough about any of the clichéd characters to actually root for their survival.
One of my favorite vampire movies - It terrified me in theaters. David Slade's use of color/sound is really effective in adding to the scares. And probably the most menacing vampires in recent memory.
Mir gefällt die Idee und das Setting. Blut im Schnee sieht immer gut aus. Allerdings sind die Vampire für meinen Geschmack etwas zu lieblos gestaltet. Immerhin nicht so kacke wie die Twilight Vampire. Bei der Umsetzung versagt der Film. Hätte mir etwas düsteres mit mehr Fokus auf Survival gewünscht. Stattdessen gibt es einheitsbrei mit einigen schönen Szenen (Flug über die angegriffene Siedlung, Sonnenaufgang am Ende) und sympatische Charaktere die, wie immer, nur doofe entscheidungen treffen. Gelegentlich ist der Schnitt auch etwas seltsam.
Wieder ein Film der potenzial verschenkt.
#Horrorctober Film 10 von 13
Ich mag einfach Filme, die im Schnee spielen. Cooler Anfang, sehr sympathischer Hauptcharakter, einige gute Splattereinlangen stehen auf der Habenseite. Das Vampidesign ist okay, aber so richtig fies kommen sie nicht rüber. Das Ende wirkt etwas gehetzt, aber die letzten Einstellungen sind wunderschön. Ich mag den irgendwie.
Love this. A brutal red spattered disaster against a pristine snowy backdrop.
A great idea with a savagely viscous looking breed of night crawling, blood supping vamps.
Those teeth! Those screeches! Those long dark days and nights.
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