30 Days of Night Reviews
May 27, 2014
Hilarious to me that David Slade directed this (which is one of my favorite modern vampire flicks) and then went on to direct an installment of The Twilight Saga. This film is brutal, gloomy, and atmospheric.
December 6, 2009
slow and not at all scary the cast could have done a lot more. Awesome Directing creates far more than the script deserves. The setting makes the film well worth a watch though.
May 28, 2014
Now this is a vampire film I can really sink my teeth into!
May 16, 2014
One of the most BORING films I've ever seen!
May 16, 2014
Simple plot filled with cheap thrills and gory scenes. Pretty much like that.
May 8, 2014
With Sam Raimi as producer you knew it was going to be a splatterpack, and the gore and special effects are done well, it's just the story that lets it down. Why does the main vampire talk so much, yet without subtitles we have no idea what he's saying? We get the idea, but in the end like so many modern horror flicks, all reason goes out the window and the make-it-up-as-we-go-along style takes over.
May 4, 2014
Ben Foster, you ruined everything. It was a fun ride, filled with blood, severed heads and fangs. The acting was average, the set design was great. It lived up to the standard of the comic series. But I must admit the script could have been improved slightly, it becomes confusing in some scenes. The make up for vampire was really good, very impressed. Overall an enjoyable experience.
April 28, 2014
an original premise, but doesn't quite deliver. not as scary as it could have been, and the vamps are more like zombies who suck blood instead of eating you. very far removed from the suave, charming specimens we have become accustomed to in everything from Dracula to Lost Boys, Buffy, Twilight and Vampire Diaries. These guys are for the most part mute and ugly. kind of defeats the purpose. the whole point of the vamp traditionally is that they SEDUCE their prey instead of just chasing them down and killing them. a bit creepier in that the prey WANTS to be caught.
November 6, 2007
Super action packed, gory, violent and horrifying! A must see for fans of horror movies and vampires!
Cinematography was amazing and the movie is easily the best horror movie since the Descent.
P.S. Thank you 30 Days of Night for making vampires scary again.
April 2, 2014
One of the best vampire movies ever! Loved it!
November 12, 2007
While not a shot-for-shot remake of the comic, it is still as visceral and visually striking as the source material. We're not privy to the machinations of the vampires this time around, but that doesn't make them any less scary.
March 23, 2014
One of my favourite vampire movies, 30 Days Of Night has bite and with that bite comes lashings of blood. When a town is plunged into a yearly period of total darkness, vampires descend onto the town for dinner, hut the strong willed town's people aren't going down without a fight. Melissa George and Josh Hartnett are exceptional as a recently split couple, this relationship doesn't burden the vampiric excitement, it enlivens it, putting you in fear for their lives. The camerawork pans slowly stirring tension, and the bloodthirsty jump out regularly so you'll jump quite a lot. You'll have fun with 30 Days Of Night, it totally brings fresh blood to the genre and is a breathe of fresh air amongst all the Twilight madness.
October 20, 2007
had some sweet scenes in it, but not very good, gets kina boring too...
February 21, 2014
ok another vampire tale
February 17, 2014
There are sparks of originality but the movie is brought down by a bunch of cliches and dumb characters.
February 8, 2014
Horror tipico sui vampiri, con un estetica tra fumetto e videoclip.
February 8, 2014
The vampire genre has been stagnant and in a state of steady decline for some time now, but all it takes is one brash and inventive entry to shake things up a bit. "30 Days of Night" is one such film, as everything about it feels fresh and rejuvenating from the setting to the creatures themselves.
The idea behind this film is a novel one, and setting the film in Barlow Alaska is inventive. The stark cinematography is oddly beautiful. Still, as it should be, the vampires are really the stars here and they are also quite impressive. The screenwriters took the time necessary to make them the film's centerpiece in terms of their look and way of speaking. An entirely new language was created for them, and it's quite terrifying to hear them speak.
Even though it's impossible to understand them without the subtitles, they each have their own personality, and Danny Huston actually gives the best performance in the film as their leader. Credit director David Spade for the movie's unique visual style that sets it apart from all other similarly themed pictures. It's mirthless and grim, but also imparts some unusually telling information about the vampire mythology as Huston says they spent centuries convincing people they were only bad dreams.
It's moments like that one that really makes "30 Days of Night" something special. The set-up is spectacularly foreboding and the conclusion is thrilling. Not to mention that these creatures of the night are a unique breed you won't find anywhere else.
February 6, 2014
While cliched at some points, this movie provides a lot more thrills, excitement and drama than other "horror movies" that have been released in recent years. And the modern update to Bram Stoker's creation is a lot better and scarier than the glittery kind.
January 22, 2014
*THE OFFICIAL BETTER THAN JUNO SEAL*
Man, this had some real potential. I mean, this could have been in the makings of a great horror flick. Ultimately, it falls flat on it's ass and ends up as one of the few horror films that had unrealized potentials. I mean, the concept is pretty awesome. Vampires roaming an Alaskan town for 30 days of no rules. That would have been a masterpiece in the hands of a greater director/screenwriter. Give it to someone like the director of Ringu (Not the Gore Verbinski remake) and we would be talking some of the creepiest shit ever. Unfortunately, while there are pretty cool moments, it doesn't mask the cliched script, cardboard characters, and pretty weak performances. I really wanted to like this, but it's not good.
30 Days of Night is about a small local town in Alaska. Of course, if you knew anything about your geography, you'd know Alaska is very cold, causing huge snowstorms. So once every year, these snowstorms cover the sun, literally giving Alaska 30 days of night. Imagine going to school at nighttime. Pretty intense right? Well, just before this begins, a ship carrying around, oh let's say, 100/200 vampires enter the coast of this city. So, enter our main character, Eben. He's a sheriff, who is snooping around the town due to weird occurrences. Then, to his and everyone's horror, the town is raided by the vampires, killing practically everyone. So, Eben and his friends hide from the vampires, trying to survive. That premise is epic. No words needed. A film where vampires can roam all around all day is pretty cool. Especially, considering that the film is practically shot at night.
Unfortunately, that is where most positives end. Ben Foster appears as the psycho, loony man, who warns everyone of the vampires' arrival, and he's really great. Unfortunately, he gets little screen time. And his character goes nowhere.....No literally, he goes nowhere. He's handcuffed to a bed. That's as good as the acting gets cause everyone else's was pure dogshit. Seriously, for a guy who was up and coming as Josh Hartnett was, he really wasn't that good of an actor. Also, this is the film that killed his career. Seriously, where did this guy go? The female lead was the worst. Every line was stiff and she proves again why blondes can't act. But that's okay so long as the film has great dialogue, right!!!!??
WRONG!!! This film has the worst one-liners ever. Even Ben Foster's line "Their coming tonight." sounded really stupid. Seriously, don't go into this film expecting an Oscar worthy script. Also, there were many plotholes. Like when so-and-so turns himself/herself into a vampire, he/she says "I can smell you guys' blood." That's cool and all, but how come the other vampires couldn't smell them when they were hiding? I guess the script writer forgot that. Also, the death of the villain (Oh, and it's not a spoiler cause we all know the villain dies) is terrible!!! A fist rams through his head? What? Seriously, that was the worst villain death ever. Kill yourselfs, David Slade and Steve Niles. Seriously, this could have been a great film! Why, oh why, do I get this feeling like the writer just quit halfway through and say "Fuck it, let me get the dough."
Overall, 30 Days of Night is a very terrible disappointment. From an awesome concept and some genuinely scary scenes (OKAY, JUST ONE!!), this film falls flat. It's a shame too considering the costume design was pretty neat and Ben Foster gave a good performance. The film just doesn't cohere like it should have. Instead, we're given a weird death scene. Followed by a huge rip off of the ending of Blade 2. Seriously, it's the same exact scene. Just with white folk and a different setting. If you know me, you should know how much film tropes/rip offs really piss me off. After an interesting start, some good trailers, and an amazing concept, the film itself is nowhere near as cool as the things I mentioned. It just doesn't work. Nope. Not at all.
June 16, 2008
This is a cool, gory, and scary movie. wohoo!!