30 Days of Night Reviews
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.
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.
Director: David Slade
Summary: When a monthlong period of darkness sets in on the tiny Alaskan town of Barrow, the locals are visited by a flock of bloodthirsty vampires who are eager to take advantage of the no-sun zone, prompting the town sheriff (Josh Hartnett) to act fast to save the day.
My Thoughts: "It's always a pleasant surprise when a director gets a vampire film right. The vampires in the film look amazing. I loved the shape of their eyes. The little girl in the General Store was by far the creepiest of them all. I didn't find the movie scary, but I did find the scenario terrifying. The thought of being in such a deserted town is scary enough, then adding some blood lusting vamps to it really makes it even more creeptastic. Great vampire flick, if you haven't seen it, give it a chance. "
There are some great comic book style close-ups. Not sure how I feel about these tattooed vampires who look like the mutants in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and act like smarty-pants werewolves who worship the philosophy of Max Stirner. Too much stuff with brothers, wives and grandmothers is added to make Josh Harnett look more like a sentimental role model or a hero with gravitas ( --they never did this to Harnett's doppelganger Jan Michael Vincent, whose etched, angular good looks made him seem about as feeling as his character from The Mechanic). Mark Boone Jr. is likable just for his character's taking action instead of moments to emote.
Danny Huston makes a great monster. Ben Foster is no tough guy or grizzled anything; he just does it better than Ben Savage would. (-- Foster somehow got to play Jan Michael Vincent's role in the remake of The Mechanic.)