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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!
I think 30 Days of Night is a really cool vampire flick, and a pretty damn good adaptation of the comic book mini-series. It's an original and quite frightening concept which works well as a film, and the vampires are effectively creepy and relentlessly vicious, which makes the remaining survivor's situation that much worse. I do tend to think whenever I watch this that it would have been neat if they spread it out a bit more and showed what was going on over the days instead of jumping ahead a week or two at a time. Even if it was nothing too fascinating, it still would have been interesting to see what they were doing in between that time…
"God? No god."
30 Days of Night is one of the better comic book adaptations that I've seen. The best parts of the book remain, but the things that were added actually do add to the story. I really enjoy the vampires here, which are less of the romantic variety and more like wild animals on a field trip. Bloody fun.
Right, this is about the fourth time I've seen this film.
I just love it. I appreciate the hell out of the fact that is one of the only decent serious vampire films. It's spectacular in tone and content.
It's just a violent, gory, and well-made vampire film with a very unique story device.
The idea of a town being trapped in the dark for 30 days and then being hunted by vampires is incredible. I LOVE that idea. It has the capability to produce something insanely good. Thankfully, that's what this film is. It's got some bloody good stuff on offer.
The cinematography is gorgeous and well-framed, the editing is sharp and not jarring, the acting is great, and…
So brutal. So vicious. So good.
30 Days of Night represents the "other" half of vampire films. Ones that are not gothic. That are not slow burning tales of time and humanity lost. This film is hard hitting, violent, and animalistic. And it nails it. The atmosphere of dread remains, but it's broken with frantic bits of panic and sheer terror. Hinged on some solid performances and a super effective visual knack by director David Slade, 30 Days of Night is the best of the brutal aspect of vampires.
One of my favorite horror movies, so simple but at the same time so effective.
When an Alaskan town goes through its yearly sun blackout that lasts a month, a marauding group of vicious vampires descend on the town for a 30-day feeding. While the bulk of the citizens become food for the undead ghouls, a group of survivors led by the town sheriffs (Josh Hartnett and Melissa George), fight, hide and resist to try and make it until the sun returns.
This movie is not overly bloody yet there is some gore. But the emphasis is on scares, action, and suspense. Hartnett is great as the town sheriff whose main problem was his estrangement from his wife until evil arrived in his town.
Danny Huston is marvelously spooky as the crew-cut, black-eyed, mouthful-of-fangs vampire…
Yawn. Non-interesting characters, everything stereotypical. Only good thing are the visuals, but that's not enough.
We watched 15 minutes and there were so. many. terrible lines of cliched dialogue and awkward exposition that we skipped through the rest of the film in five minutes and didn't regret it for a second.
I'm not a huge fan of the genre, but I found this pretty intense and exciting. Not all is done with the concept that could've been, and the pacing ain't the best, but it was pretty disturbing and creepy, with a great ending.
Sometimes you have to ask yourself if the movie you're watching would be less tolerable if it didn't look so pretty. This is one of those cases. I can still enjoy it, but the issues with the script are much more glaring this time around. The emotional manipulation, the mildly obvious set ups, the questionable logic of the vampires, the varying abilities of the vampires based on the situation, etc.
Though I do really like the atmosphere of the film, the creature designs and Ben Foster.
Oh Ben, have you signed with a new agent yet? X-Men: The Last Stand? Pandorum? You deserve better.
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