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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.
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,…
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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
One of my favorite top ten Vampire movies. Danny Huston as the leader vampire does the best job in hisperformance and make up. Some if the scariest vampires on film. The filn set in Alaska where there is only 30 days of light and no darkeness during certain time periods. And nothing but snow. Whatt at a perfect place for a vampire to live, no sun. So a lot of battles and transforming ordinary people into vampires. Great action and terror. Josh Hartnet as our hero has a unigue way of solving the vampire problem. But spells dome for himself. But and all a great movie to scare the CRAP out of you.
Wait, why are all the planes grounded? I'm pretty sure they work in the dark...
Great cinematography for a vampire film. Not quite as good as I remember, but Danny Huston absolutely kills it!
Barrow, Alaska. The most northern town in America, where for 30 days every year it is has no sunlight.
This is the perfect opportunity for a gang of merciless, & blood-thirsty vampires to feed on the remaining inhabitants of this small town, after most leave for the month of darkness.
As people are leaving, and others are making preparations for their time of hibernation, mysterious occurrences are uncovered; mobile phones stolen, and destroyed, an entire team of sled dogs butchered. The ground work for the impending doom of a malevolent force.
Once the killings and feedings begin there is no let up. I have watched my share of vampire films, and frankly this is definitely one of the best made, its…
"I'm done playing with this one. You want to play with me now?"
I always enjoy seeing vampires the way they are meant to be: evil and bloodthirsty. And that's what 30 Days of Night delivers. Unfortunately, some of the movie falls flat, particularly in the character department and some moments feel like manufactured drama, but it's still an enjoyable and memorable horror movie. Loved the setting and the creature design!
Full review here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf8F58frfx8
Man. I've watched a string of some bad movies.
Not as bad as I remember, but also not as intimate as it could have been with the characters and their survival in such a nightmare scenerio. Could have been great.
Surprised at the hate this movie has received. It does have about 3 chliches nothing really to bad for a modern day horror films. Another things is modern horror films make you dislike the character because their such dicks. All these characters are nice of course their are a few throw away character but again nothing too bad.
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