Critic Review - FEARnet

The coolest vampire movie since Near Dark.

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

Carl Moulton

Vampire flix are hard to do and redoo, but this one serves up an interesting twist without the cheeze. I agree with Scott concerning Near Dark (my favorite), and would add that "30..." has a flavor of Carpenter's The Thing (cool 80's remake).

I've not read the graphic novel, but now feel compelled to do so. Several things didn't make sense because of this, like the opening with the scene of the ship. At first I felt it was an homage to the tramp steamer in the original Drac flix, but then wondered if the vamps had taken over the ship and lay in wait for their carniverous amphibious assault. Moving on...
The lead scout for the vamp gang was great, and ironically reminded me of some crack heads I've seen%

Apr 15 - 04:28 PM

SkinnyRedPuppy

Carl Moulton

Vampire flix are hard to do and redoo, but this one serves up an interesting twist without the cheeze. I agree with Scott concerning Near Dark (my favorite), and would add that "30..." has a flavor of Carpenter's The Thing (cool 80's remake).

I've not read the graphic novel, but now feel compelled to do so. Several things didn't make sense because of this, like the opening with the scene of the ship. At first I felt it was an homage to the tramp steamer in the original Drac flix, but then wondered if the vamps had taken over the ship and lay in wait for their carniverous amphibious assault. Moving on...
The lead scout for the vamp gang was great, and ironically reminded me of some crack heads I've seen (poetic parallel perhaps?). The creatures stalked like animals, and Josh confirmed "I can smell your blood" When he turned. That would of course make sense, yet (not a complaint) there were several scenes where this seemed like it was missed by the creatures, if they did indeed have a "blood hound" sense of smell.
Decapitations: I sincerely hope our returning vets don't have any flashbacks from the scene when Josh whacks off his Deputies head by the monster garbage processer.
We never really know why Josh and his wife are split up, but then we really don't need too. I feel there is tension enough without injecting any bias in the audience (towards either character), because many relationship splits don't have a clearly defined good or bad guy or girl. I was glad to see the mushy backstory distractions left out. It made it feel more real time in that the focus was on survival. Appreciation for family, friends, and duty of course was another theme but not over done.
Maybe I'm twisted, but I felt a sort of nihilistic and exsistential sentiment too -- re: The little girl used as bait. Vamp leader says back to her, "God?" Looks around, "no God." Many of the fierce attempts at saving a family member ended in a codependent like slaughter. But then what else is there to do? Josh knew, and agonized when they killed the girl as he watched paralyzed.
The good vs evil head-to-head between the vamp leader and Josh was inevitable, but I didn't expect the leader to die so easily for some reason. I almost expected him to survive since evil often goes on and on like the energizer bunny. But the rest of the vamp gang might get a stab at democracy and find within them a new leader. I found this a direct artistic parallel to the political world -- you take out one ******* and there are more right behind him.
The ending was cool, necessary and a little poinient without cheeze too. It left me to wonder if Stella will: (a) Go on to Wainwright and warn the others and tell the story to the world. (b) Or, become one of them because she kissed (swapped spit and contaminated fluids) at the end before he ignited.
Lots of other cool stuff to say but I've probably gone on too long already. Cool movie, I'll watch it again. Some of the dialoge made no sense because I had not read the graphic novel, so I'm guessing it will after I do -- peace.

Apr 15 - 04:29 PM

KendylKaos

Kendyl Clem

Please DO NOT compare this load of garbage with a masterpiece. -_-

Mar 13 - 01:59 PM

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