30 Days of Night (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

30 Days of Night (2007)



Critic Consensus: While 30 Days of Night offers a few thrills, it ultimately succumbs to erratic execution.

Movie Info

In Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the United States, the winter sun sets and does not rise for 30 days and nights. From the darkness comes an evil force that strikes terror on the town, and all hope is pinned on a husband-and-wife cop team.more
Rating: R (for strong horror violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Nelson, Steve Niles, Stuart Beattie
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2008
Box Office: $39.6M
Sony Pictures/Columbia - Official Site


Josh Hartnett
as Sheriff Eben Oleson
Melissa George
as Stella Oleson
Ben Foster
as The Stranger
Mark Rendall
as Jake Oleson
Manu Bennett
as Billy Kitka
Joel Tobeck
as Doug Hertz
Nathaniel Lees
as Carter Davies
Craig Hall
as Wilson Bulosan
Mark Boone Jr.
as Beau Brower
Chic Littlewood
as Issac Bulosan
Min Windle
as Ally Riis
Peter Feeney
as John Riis
Camille Keenan
as Kirsten Toomey
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Critic Reviews for 30 Days of Night

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (39)

Feels derivative of 28 Days Later.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A blissfully mean-spirited and aggressively creepy terror tale, and one that's not content to simply rest on its one good concept.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015

Here is one of those rare movies that penetrates the membrane separating all those disposable "gotcha" scarefests from genuinely engrossing supernatural thrillers.

Full Review… | October 22, 2014

It's Assault on Precinct 13 meets the The Thing with vampires as the baddies (Can we count the ways director John Carpenter has influenced genre films today?).

Full Review… | November 6, 2010
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

30 Days of Night is a great example on how to combine chills, thrills and gore with the end result a serious and effective horror movie.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

These 30 Days feel like an eternity

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

Audience Reviews for 30 Days of Night



My expectations for this graphic novel adaptation were considerably high for a couple reasons. Firstly the director of 30 Days of Night is the very talented David Slade. He gained recognition for directing the deeply intelligent, extremely tense, incredibly edgy and profoundly atmospheric "Hard Candy" which boasted both suspense and character development. It was one of the most terrifying films I had ever seen. When you put him and vampires together, it's a formula for success. This film has a number of thrills, a beautiful visual style and decent acting. Especially Danny Huston who is fantastic as the head vampire. But in small chunks between the thrills it felt to me a little bit dull, and in it's entirety despite a few jumps I was never actually scared watching it at all. Mellisa George in her supporting role is rubbish, I expected more from her, but it's the weak script that doesn't give her much to do at all, she does what she can with the material she's given, but it never feels like she's really there. But positively on the other hand, I am a gorehound, and if you love watching Josh Hartnett chop vampire's heads of with axes and slasher horror with an artistic quality to it, you'll enjoy it probably as much as I did. Because there's a lot of brilliant, unrestrained, nasty kills that you don't see often in mainstream horror movies anymore. Slade delivers on that level. He also gives us a true conclusion to the story, and not one last infantile shock that most modern horror movies always succumb to. It's definitely not the masterpiece some positive reviews have exaggerated, but I found it very entertaining nonetheless.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

There are not many decent vampire films to date. Unfortunately, 30 Days of Night doesn't satisfy all those looking for a saviour. However, it does deliver some decent scares.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

"Magnificently scary...The vampire film finally draws blood again" - Not my words this appears on the back cover of the dvd, which I feel is the quite contrary to my own thoughts on this film.

I'm no expert on this genre, in fact I've only just strarted watching Vampire films in the last couple of months, however I feel this is one of the dullest I've seen so far. There's nothing scary (a couple of slightly gory parts) nothing tense, just a little too boring.

The best thing about this film is the box it came in - it was impressive and has a little comic booklet.

I think you've guessed it, it's not a recommendation.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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