30 Days of Night

2007

30 Days of Night

Critics Consensus

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

51%

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Total Count: 158

56%

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User Ratings: 458,824
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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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Cast

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 (158) | Top Critics (39)

  • Feels derivative of 28 Days Later.

    Jan 11, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 30 Days of Night has a striking comic-book aesthetic and macabre sense of fun - if your sense of fun includes watching a vampire turned into pâté in the gnashing metal jaws of a rubbish processor.

    Nov 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A frustrating mix of imaginative design, erratic plotting and underwritten characters.

    Nov 1, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 30 Days Of Night strikes out a nerve-jangling, bloodily unpredictable route to a truly stunning ending that's well worth the wait.

    Oct 30, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ann Kelly

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Director David Slade is clearly of the opinion that more is more, so there is lots of blood, lots of gore, and lots of vampires in black coats standing around as if auditioning for a remake of the Michael Jackson Thriller video.

    Oct 27, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The problem is structural. After the invasion, we're marooned with the dull survivors.

    Oct 27, 2007

Audience Reviews for 30 Days of Night

  • May 04, 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.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    A new-age, brilliant vampire movie that never got the acclaim it rightfully deserved. 30 Days of Night is one of the few films I like that I can never understand why other people don't. Though I do prefer other movies like Revolver, Doomsday and Donnie Darko to it, with those I can always understand when people don't see in them what I do. With 30 Days of Night, if you don't have a problem with gore, then you shouldn't have a problem with the film. And yet I have personal friends as well as people I've heard from online who totally dig horror, gore, vampires etc. and yet don't like 30 Days of Night, which confuses me all to Hell, let me tell you. Though I was mildly aggravated by the inconstancies in the number of vampires around, other than that I can find virtually nothing bad to say about 30 Days of Night. Firstly you have Josh Hartnett (Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, The Faculty, The Virgin Suicides, Hollywood Homicide, Sin City, The Wrong Man, Resurrecting the Champ, Singularity) as Sheriff Eben, protagonist, secondly you have Danny Huston (21 Grams, The Proposition, The Constant Gardner, Children of Men, The Number 23, The Kingdom, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Clash of the Titans, The Warrior's Way, Robin Hood [2010]) as Marlow (above centre), leader of the vampires, who attack Alaska during the winter period of 30 days without sun (which in and of itself is an awesome concept, and thirdly there's Ben Foster (The Punisher, X-Men: The Last Stand, 3:10 to Yuma, Pandorum, The Mechanic) as the vampire's human lapdog, all of whom are personal favourites of mine. That's not even mentioning the fact that Eben's wife is played by Australian Melissa George (Dark City, Mulholland Drive, Charmed, The Amityville Horror [2005], Turistas, Triangle), who was born in my hometown, so even if she wasn't a great actor, she'd get auto-points. Basically every point in which 30 Days of Night differentiates from the comic it's based on is an improvement to the story, which is (gasp, shock, horror) a mildly realistic Vampire film. God forbid. I love the vampires in this. Though they're not quite as sexy and well-dressed as they are in Underworld or as demonic as they are in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, they bring a totally new brutality to the vampire class. They wear what you'd expect late 30-ish people living in 2007 to wear, they're stronger than the average human, but not impossibly so, they hunt in packs and give off bloodcurdling, atavistic shrieks (of which I give quite a good impression; sidenote) they're unrelenting an animalistic but just as intelligent as a regular person, they're quick, dark and deadly. There's no camp to be found here, not always a good thing, but in 30 Days of Night, it is. I honestly cannot recommend this one enough, despite its intense gore and general panning, I implore you to at the very least give it a go, and decide for yourself. Both the human survivors and the vampire invaders are there simply trying to stay alive, the vamps through their sadistic, systematic hunting of the local populace for their food-source, blood, and the people by trying to both hide, and fight back, but mostly the former. Ironically, it's the "humanity" of the humans that causes every one of their downfalls, while they're leached from above by a far superior race, who goes so far as to call humans a "plague" and invent a new language all for themselves, just so as to not have to speak the same filthy way we lower-beings do (and I mean, if your choice was between that and having to put up with American-English, wouldn't you?). 83% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2013
    It builds an amazing atmosphere and sense of dread at first with some beautiful imagery that sets the tone just right but things quickly grow silly with the over the top acting of the vampires and a bunch of characters so uninteresting I just wanted them to die on the worse possible ways imaginable. It also gets boring and repetitive after a while and keeps the same formula until the end. You never feel those 30 days going by and the panic of the situation but ocasional glimpses of gratuitous gore wake you up from this bored uninspired fest.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2013
    The promise of a vampire movie that allows vampires to walk around 24/7 yet the film feels boring and uninspiring. The potential for this film had all the marks of a horror film to make is proud but the end product is basically a retread of all the horror films before it and denies it a cult status which it could have garnered had the unconventional choices been made.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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