Director: David Slade
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Mark Boone Junior, Ben Foster
Running Time: 113mins
30 Days of Night is a brilliant concept and it makes you wonder why nobody has thought of it before! In the town of Barrow, Alaska they endure 30 days of darkness in the winter, due to the Earth’s orientation, the sun never rises. Add to this mix the eternal lovers of the night, vampires, and you have got a potent mix and not good news for the locals.
A stranger wanders into town and sabotages the town’s ability to communicate or travel to the outside world.
These intruders aren’t your usual bunch of blood sucking vampires. They are lightening fast, super strong and horrendously violent. Think of the rage-filled “zombies” from 28 Days Later and translate that into vampires and you begin to have an idea about what kind of vampires we have here! To begin with they are killing wildly and freely. We are treated to a large amount of blood being mixed in with the snow as the town gets whittled down very quickly. All hope seems lost to avoid the fate of being viciously killed and drained of blood.
There are jump scares a-plenty for those who enjoy it but also slower, tense moments when the remaining townsfolk are just trying to stay alive by hiding and sneaking to new locations.
Josh Hartnett puts in a decent run as the local sheriff, looked up to and trying to marshall his people to safety but he is overshadowed by Danny Huston as the lead vampire. He is dark, remorseless and unflinching in his desire to feed and claim this town for his own and his gang. Never before have vampires been so free to live and feed and not worry about daylight and they are going to make the best of it.
I really enjoyed this film, and every other time that I have watched it. It is a fresh take on the vampire genre, giving them the kind of violent and bloodthirsty nature that they are meant to have. This isn’t for the squeamish though, or the highly strung but it is a blast of high octane, blood splattering action with a decent enough story to keep you interested until the end. The graphic novel that it is based on is equally as impressive and has a style that makes it stand out. This film definitely has a style all of its own too and makes it all the more visually appealing.
Horror Rating: ★★★½☆
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆