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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.
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…
30 Days of Shite...
Only joking, I'm not on LB to get a few cheap 'likes' or to do an above average genre flick a disservice. Since watching at the cinema back in the day, I have always defended this movie against naysayers.
On a re-watch, I'm slightly amending my position. 30 Days of Night is a little tepid. The array of dull, clichéd supporting characters doesn't do it any favours, the love story and a few of the set pieces are weak and its visual thrills are low key and repetitive. I'm not sure how that happened with all the bloodletting and obvious violent intent.
However, a handful of movements still make this worth a watch, in particular an ultra impressive decapitation. I also like Hartnett's restrained, close to boring performance.
30 Days of Like...
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…
Can one of the best decapitations ever save an otherwise fairly standard yet well made horror film?
Who am I kidding?
Of course it can!
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.
You know how we all say that the vampires in Twilight are terrible? I give you a new contender. The creatures in 30 Days of Night are pathetic and embarrassing. Their language consists of "click-click-rah-va-raah-click-ka", but they seem to have an innate ability to know when it's time for a dramatic screech. They also don't seem to understand the concept of wiping their mouths even after weeks. Laughable.
Other than that, this isn't the worst horror movie ever. Pleasantly atmospheric but lacking in any real shocks or scares. The cast are enjoyable but their characters all pretty bland. The ending is at least unexpected to an extent, but the sense of time flow throughout is nonsensical. Plus, (spoiler warning) it…
ancient words of an ancient tongue, dragging its way along the scriptures of human extinction.
two strands of the same species fighting to preserve themselves.
razor nail and gravestone tooth vs. cold pink flesh and axe swing.
there's no spiritual diplomacy when God's Eyes are shut.
beasts of the day become beasts of the night to stand against myths of the shadows.
Death finds a way.
I wish David Slade made more horror films. Hes the king secret goth of hollywood and i want him back.
shout out to Brian Reitzell for providing a totally unique industrial-ambient-finger-scrape score that Cab Vol and Reznor would be proud of.
Could have been worst. An entertaining flick of vampires in Alaska.
A decent modern vampire film about a group of vampires who cause a siege in an Alaskan town during a month of nightfall. Different from the usual vampire fare as there's no waiting for daylight to come, the people are essentially trapped for an entire month unless they can defeat the threat, which adds a new element to proceedings - there's nowhere to run either as the area is in the middle of a snowstorm.
The darkness and snow are used to their full potential and there are some good set pieces such as the initial attack on the town, and whenever the survivors try to take a stand for themselves.
It does drag on a bit but I suppose…
Stylish and tremendously silly. Better than I had rembered.
One of those movies the whole vampire thrashiness is taken serious and all the characters are seriously sad because of this fucking tragedy and it is not only slashing around all the time. It worked for me!
*killing that asian kid added up to this feeling consequently
The sun dies every winter for thirty days in the isolated town Barrow in Alaska. Most of the folks leaves during those dark days but some unlucky ones stays behind...
30 Days of Night has a really atmospheric setting and even though I'm not a big fan of vampire tales (or comic books), the story fits the creatures great and this one actually made me wanna read the comic book. I really like Melissa George and Josh Hartnett and they work well together even though their broken relationship could have been made better. It's low key but there's enough of bloody vampire violence and suspense to satisfy most. 30 Days of Night lands somewhere between The Mist and The Thing but it's nowhere near as good as neither masterpieces and it's maybe a bit too long. Other than that it's a good contribution to the vampire cinema.
While starting out interestingly enough with a unique premise, 30 Days of Night fails to keep the momentum going throughout the film, since the plot feels like it takes place in one night as opposed to one month, with the only notions of time passing being facial hair and subtitles. However despite falling into some typical horror clichés, archetypal characters and predictable plot twists, 30DoN really succeeds in creating a powerful and fearsome antagonist, where they seem so strong and powerful that you are actually afraid of them, which is enhanced by the unnerving makeup and colour effects used on them. Overall an enjoyable film but one that overall fails to utilise it's premise enough to make it truly stand out.
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