30 Days of Night (2007) 3.38/5 (3)


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Rating: The Good – 73.4
Genre: Horror
Duration: 113  mins
Director: David Slade
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster

For a genre as tired as the vampire one, films that push the boundaries and enter new territory are always welcome. Such is the case with the sensational 30 Days of Night, an atmospheric tour de force about an extremely northern Alaskan town that is invaded by a horde of vampires during the 30 days of darkness it experiences at the height of winter. A major strength of this film is its original depiction of the vampires with regard to how they look, sound, and behave – much more animal than human. Director David Slade skillfully uses the geographical isolation of the town to augment the sense of desperation and panic and outdoes himself with a truly inspired aeriel shot of the town as it’s being massacred. The acting is uniformly excellent with Danny Huston giving us one of the most memorable and nasty vampires in the genre’s history. The most impressive performance, however, is undoubtedly Ben Foster’s portrayal of the desperately needy and grotesque vampire stooge. No review of this film would be complete without mentioning Jo Willem’s remarkable cinematography and Brian Reitzell’s inspired mechanical score. The ending gets a little Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayerish and really should’ve stayed closer to the ending of the graphic novel but the rest of 30 Days of Night is so entertaining you’ll forgive it.

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