Movie of the Day – 30 Days of Night

OK, I haven’t really picked a vampire movie to write about, unless you count Monster Squad as vampire movie since it had Dracula in it.  So while there might be better vampire movies out there (Let the Right One In), this one has the advantage of coming from some great graphic novels.  The 30 Days of Night series by Steve Niles is utterly graphic, but engaging with it’s story.  I really enjoy the series and as any comic book fan, when you hear that they are turning it into a movie, you get excited.  So while the Twilight series has clouded the minds of what vampires are truly like (not sparkly and cuddly), 30 Days of Night actually brings the vicious and horrific side of vampires to life.

In Barrow, AK, one night can last an eternity. One month every year, this town is plunged into darkness for 30 days due to its location far north of the Arctic Circle. While extended periods of darkness are something that the locals have become accustomed to, this year something sinister is about to emerge from the long and unforgiving night. As a maniacal horde of vampires assumes control of the city streets and begins to feast freely upon the terrified citizens, the local sheriff (Josh Hartnett), his wife (Melissa George), and a small but resilient band of survivors will be forced to choose between saving themselves or helping the few remaining members of their community survive the blood-soaked siege.  Jason Buchanan, Rovi

While I am not a Josh Hartnett fan, I am more of a Danny Huston fan who is fucking awesome in his role of Marlow, the film is actually well acted.  Terrified, isolated, and left with utter desperation, the characters are constantly on the edge of a nervous breakdown.  The fact that vampires can only come out at night is comforting, since daytime affords some safety, but with constant darkness, there is no safety to be had.  It’s this bleak outlook that pushes each character to the brink of their sanity with the impending doom of being ripped apart by the vampires.

David Slade brings that dreary, tense style of directing to this movie.  After directing Hard Candy, I was really excited to see him get chance to direct a bigger budget movie and also tackle the graphic novel.  Hard Candy is one of my favorite movies and the stylish direction would lend well to the graphic novel adaptation.  It’s funny that he directed the Twilight Eclipse movie which followed after 30 Days of Night.  I did not see that one personally, thank you.

This is a vicious movie with the blood gushing out necks like someone exploded a blood donor bank.  The vampires can’t be reasoned with and take this sick joy out of toying with their prey before they finish them off.  It’s a much more graphic horror film and David Slade doesn’t shy away from the source material.  He lingers on shots of decapitations and dismemberment a bit longer than most others would, but it’s this direct and in your face style that grabs you.

If you are needing a solid Halloween film with blood, guts and grisly deaths, this is it.  I would also recommend the graphic novel series which are great reads and violent as well.

About Nick
I am just another blogger putting his thoughts into a website. My love is movies so most of my musings will be movie related. I work as an online marketer for an advertising company and when I am not earning a paycheck, I moonlight as a vigilante film blogger.

2 Responses to Movie of the Day – 30 Days of Night

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  2. Frank Bishop says:

    This was an awesome movie. I loved it and it was set in a perfect environment. It vaguely reminds me of an episode of Tales from the Crypt where vampires are harvesting people in Alaska, cause of the whole constant night thing.
    Marlow is pretty bad ass, took me awhile to figure out who he was. All in all, was a nice vampire movie. A nice rebuff to glittering night crawlers.

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