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.
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.
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!
"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,…
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…
In this one when an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. Josh Hartnett is the sheriff fighting the vampires.....Danny Huston is the leader of the vampires. This one has some intense moments in the movie....but I felt it could have been much more intense. Part of the problem that I had with the movie is the that I did not buy that 30 days were passing as I watched the movie. By the end of the movie....the sun was coming up after 30 days.....yet it seem like only one night passed in the movie.
If it was my movie....I would have had the vampires eating a few citizens…
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.
I haven't read the visual novel and have heard the movie deviates somewhat in its portrayal of the vampires, but I really enjoyed how they were portrayed in this movie. It was original, and intriguing to imagine their origin.
This is more of a survival movie than horror, the vampires being more or less man-eating animals. Much like Stephen King's The Mist, it works its cast of characters very well. Some of the roles seem sort of like tropes, such as those whose personalities unintentionally serve as dangers to the groups survival. Most of them, however, are very human and sympathetic, Stella (played by Melissa George) being one of my favourites. Ben Foster, however, is definitely my favourite actor in…
A fun ride. The ending was too Hollywood (not the very ending, which was awesome like the comic, but the just-before-the-very-ending ending. I honestly wasn't a huge fan of the comic. I enjoyed reading it but it didn't blow me away. I loved the concept of vampires north of the Arctic Circle, but there wasn't anything remarkable about the story beyond that. The movie took out all of the story surrounding the vampires- how they ended up in Barrow, how they were organized, ripple effects of the event across the US, which provided important context to the book. But, as I said, the movie was still an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours, especially since I got it out of the library so it was free.
I enjoyed this film more than I expected, very grim Stephen King feel to it, recommended.
CD, VL & EN
Stylish vampire chiller with some great imagery and action beats. The film is a much better than average example of modern horror cinema, but it must be noted that director David Slade wastes his one greatest asset; the wicked hot concept. Pitting an Alaskan town against a month of darkness and band of merciless, feral vampires is inspired, but "30 Days of Night" could be unfolding over a 12 hour window, if subtitles didn't constantly appear telling us how many days have elapsed. The epic swathe of time just isn't well articulated, other than through Hartnett's stubble. Danny Huston is great as the bad guy, whilst the sound design and cinematography also impress.
No bad... but not really great either.... and not scary.
Just the kind of taut, unrelenting, brutal and, above all, exciting film that John Carpenter used to knock out.
So how does a film with Josh Hartnett in the lead role get to achieve five star status, especially a film in the overcrowded vampire sub-genre?
Well, the vampires are a good place to start. They're just so... untamed. They're animals without the slightest hint of humanity. Or even charm. The dead shark-eyes, the nasty teeth, the fact they spend the whole film covered in blood.
The relationships between the humans is another reason this works. We haven't got time develop character, so we get a short-cut- it's a community, which means every death will have an emotional impact on the…
Josh Harnett is awesome here, and there's a couple other good actors as well, but he's got this film.
Being in Alaska stranded and cutoff from society for 30 days is scary enough, but add in blood sucking ancient vampires and it's F'ed up. Watching them struggle and lose members of their group becomes difficult to watch at times. People don't die quick here either. It's sometimes painfully slow. The deaths are great. When Josh Harnett's character realizes the only way to beat the vampires is to use their strength to beat them before he fully turns.
One of the saddest moments is at the end when he decides he wants to watch one last sunrise with his ex wife before he dies. Such a downer
I always enjoy watching this, Slade's direction of a well told vampire story has real suspense and heart. I think this is one of Hartnett's best films!
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