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30 Days of Night (2007)

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51

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 156
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 77

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

51

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 18

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

audience

56

liked it
Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 457,711

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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.

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Steve Niles, Stuart Beattie, Brian Nelson

Feb 19, 2008

$39.6M

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All Critics (159) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (77) | DVD (24)

Feels derivative of 28 Days Later.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (7)
Chicago Reader
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A frustrating mix of imaginative design, erratic plotting and underwritten characters.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The problem is structural. After the invasion, we're marooned with the dull survivors.

October 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A terrific horror premise goes begging in the garbled Halloween offering 30 Days of Night.

October 24, 2007 | Comment (1)
Hollywood Reporter
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It has a fairly original premise and some blood-curdling moments, but it's also predictable, repetitive and vile.

October 22, 2007 | Comments (10)
Ebert & Roeper
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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?).

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

These 30 Days feel like an eternity

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (3)
CinePassion

Scrapping many of the undead cliches and aided by troublingly realistic special effects, Slade has crafted one hell of a monster movie.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

About as scary as Count Chocula.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Not bad, but let's just say the movie could have used a tad more intentional humor.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

30 Days of Night aspires to be little more than a movie-movie, where you're supposed to enjoy the ride, without asking any questions.

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

... [T]he hissing foreign-language chatting vampires, with all pointy teeth, make for dull, screaming villains.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

The action is fast and gruesome, but beyond Niles and Templesmith's unique setting, in which the typical race to daylight is stretched out to an agonizing marathon, '30 Days of Night' offers little to stir the imagination.

April 9, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

Frankly, after you've seen one writhing, orgiastic vampire feeding, you've seen them all.

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This isn't my favourite genre, but it's evident that the film delivers all the requisite elements for fans itching to sit through decapitations, body ripping and blood-soaked, tooth gnashing devourings directed in as fresh a way as is possible.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile

I was done when there was a needless scene abusing a woman. And the ending was on the verge of interesting, until it came down to one little punch.

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comments (3)
The Scorecard Review

The coolest vampire movie since Near Dark.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: FEARnet | Comments (3)
FEARnet

30 Days of Night reinvents the vampire movie, but only with its novel premise.

February 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

It certainly does entertain, particularly for those who consider a man chopping off the head of one of his friends...entertaining. Twice!

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Concept: excellent. Setup: intriguing. Execution: well... too many interesting ideas bungled.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Os vampiros vistos aqui são pouco mais do que animais irracionais e desinteressantes.

December 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

It would be fun to rent with friends who talk back to movies and imbibe a little ETOH to facilitate the witty comebacks. Compared to the other Halloween offerings out there this year, 30 Days of Night is really pretty decent value for your money. Great

November 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Audience Reviews for 30 Days of Night

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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.
August 27, 2012
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.
June 27, 2012
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.
June 14, 2012
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

Not bad vamp flick, not really scary or spooky but very bloody and gory. The story and location is slightly original and it looks good, very slick but it kinda reminds me of 'AvP'. The vamps aren't really like traditional vamps more like aliens or creatures and not really effective for me, without their spooky romantic appearance they seem more like animals and you don't connect with them, but I guess that's the difference here.

Their look isn't too good either but the leader looks good and certainly menacing, different from the usual long haired look. It is very bleak and dark but the Artic location just doesn't work with vamps, the two just don't really blend, maybe its just me but I just couldn't get into it. There's nothing too special with the cast either, also the ending, killing the leader, how did he do it?? makes no sense really.

On the plus side it is very faithful to the original source material, a good adaptation with retains all elements of gore and atmosphere.
February 9, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

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