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4.0 out of 5 stars It took us centuries to make them believe that we are no more than just bad dreams.
30 Days of Night is directed by David Slade and written by Steve Niles, Stuart Beattie and Brian Nelson. It stars Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Mark Boone Junior and Ben Foster. Music is by Brian Reitzell and cinematography by Jo Willems.

Every year for thirty days the town of Barrow, North Alaska goes without sunlight. This year Barrow has...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Average Vampire Film - Try Near Dark Instead
This is a so so vampire movie, not a patch on the best in the genre, such as Near Dark and The Fearless Vampire Hunters, but better than some. Barrow is a quiet, remote town in the middle of nowhere in Alaska, population 152. Each and every Winter it gets plunged into darkness for 30 days and nights. The setting of the movie is a snowbound wasteland, but paradoxically,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Average Vampire Film - Try Near Dark Instead, 8 Sep 2014
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Bill Mason (England) - See all my reviews
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This is a so so vampire movie, not a patch on the best in the genre, such as Near Dark and The Fearless Vampire Hunters, but better than some. Barrow is a quiet, remote town in the middle of nowhere in Alaska, population 152. Each and every Winter it gets plunged into darkness for 30 days and nights. The setting of the movie is a snowbound wasteland, but paradoxically, this doesn't really add to the atmosphere of the film. Some films use the weather to add feeling to the movie, John Carpenter's The Thing being a prime example of how to use snow and ice to add atmosphere, or conversely, Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing showing how to use heat and sunlight to create a certain mood. Here, I didn't find that the setting really added anything to the movie. What follows is a tale of marauding vampires who happen across Barrow, and decide to use the 30 days of night to go on a feeding spree in the town. It is left to the town sheriff, played by Josh Hartnett, and his estranged wife, played by Melissa George, to fend off the bloodsuckers, assisted by the townsfolk. Josh Hartnett is quite wooden (compare his performance with Kurt Russell's in The Thing and you'll understand what I mean). Melissa George, who is making quite a name for herself as a modern day scream queen, is much better. The vampires don't speak English and I think that this handicaps the movie. Subtitles are used whenever the vampires speak, which is a clumsy technique, reminding you that you are watching a film and shattering the small modicum of tension which the film occasionally achieves. In the movie Near Dark, which is a brilliant example of how to make a vampire film, the vampires can speak, so you get to know their characters, which adds to the movie. Here, because the vampires can't speak, they had to be much much scarier, i.e. like the creepy cave dwellers in The Descent, but they are not. They are run of the mill vampires and there is nothing inventive or imaginative about their appearance or behaviour (watch Under The Skin with Scarlett Johansson, for a very good example of a recent horror thriller where people are on the menu, and where the director has been highly imaginative about how the human beings are despatched) . There are no moments to make you jump off the sofa, and there is manifestly a lack of tension throughout most of the film, i.e. the complete opposite of The Thing, where the tension never releases its grip. This is not a bad movie, it's just that it could and should have been so much better. If the lead actor had been somebody like Christian Bale or Adrien Brody, i.e. a brilliant character actor, it would have been transformed. The double box set comes with the vampire comic on which the film is based, and "the making of" extras are quite interesting. In short, the double box set is good value for £3.00 or thereabouts, just don't expect to be adding this movie to your top ten horror list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It took us centuries to make them believe that we are no more than just bad dreams., 1 Jun 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 30 Days Of Night [DVD] (DVD)
30 Days of Night is directed by David Slade and written by Steve Niles, Stuart Beattie and Brian Nelson. It stars Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Mark Boone Junior and Ben Foster. Music is by Brian Reitzell and cinematography by Jo Willems.

Every year for thirty days the town of Barrow, North Alaska goes without sunlight. This year Barrow has visitors, Vampires...

Based on Steve Niles' own graphic comic, 30 Days of Night strips the vampire characterisation down to the core and triumphs because of it. There is nothing dandy or sexy about the vampires who have come to Barrow to feed for a month, these are ugly feral, insect like beasts who speak in their own language. The backdrop is a cold and snowy small town where no daylight is due for weeks, the population small, is about to become smaller with every passing hour. The set-up and execution is well handled by Slade (Hard Candy), antagonists and protagonists introductions are smooth, then the carnage unfolds and we shift into a tense game of cat and mouse as Hartnett, his estranged wife (George) and a few hardy souls try and survive until the 30 days of night have passed. And of course kick some vampire ass where possible.

Problems arise with the fact that it never once feels like more than one night of horror, so the questions of sleep, eat and toilet habits don't come into until you start to realise this is spread over 30 days! Is that picky? Well no not really, especially since there is little to no depth of characterisations to feed off either, back story is minimal and only reserved for Hartnett and George to let us know they are separated but love each other, thus our hero has something extra to fight for! For a story spread over 30 days it sure does lack, erm, story. Yet the constant sense of dread, a number of breath holding scenes and some bona fide bloody terror, ensures that it's a thrilling addition to the vampire splinter of horror. Cast performances are fine for the material to hand, with Huston as the lead vampire standing out and tech credits elsewhere, again, are perfect for the material as written.

Don't think about it too hard and there's a great time to be had here, while it makes for a great double with The Mist (also 2007). 7.5/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars "That which can be broken must be broken...", 16 May 2014
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Maciej "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 30 Days Of Night [DVD] (DVD)
This is a quite watchable vampire horror film, not particularly good, but not bad either. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS.

Small town of Barrow, Alaska (in real life a somehow larger city, with 4212 people registered in 2010) is preparing for its annual "30 Days of Night," a period during the winter when there is a month-long polar night. As the town gets ready, a stranger rows ashore from a large ship and soon causes enough trouble and damage to attract the attention of local sheriff, Eben Oleson (Josh Harnett). Other than this unexpected investigation the sheriff must also deal with another little but annoying crisis, as his ex-wife, Stella Oleson (Melissa George), missed the last plane and must stay the 30 days - something that neither of them is happy with... And then the film really begins.

This is not a bad film, but it doesn't fully exploit all the possibilities offered by the unique place of action. The tension is not very skillfully build up, with all things fully revealed too early and the enemies appearing too openly... On another hand the vampire leader, Marlow (Danny Huston) is a quite scary creature - in fact he is one of the main attractions of this little horror movie. His name is almost certainly a tribute to the terrifying Barlow, the master vampire from the already classical Stephen King's novel "Salem's Lot" - and he certainly is as scary and evil (albeit maybe not as sophisticated) as his quasi-namesake...

In the second half this film gets repetitive and clichéd, but at least vampires are shown as cruel, evil and perpetually thirsting for blood, but also as quite efficient and cunning hunters of humans - as they should be... On another hand the finale and the very ending are actually quite original, even a little bit suprising and definitely less silly than I expected.

So, all in all, this is a quite honest little horror movie, better than most offerings in this overcrowded field, worth seeing once, for John Hartnett, Melissa George and Danny Huston performances and especially for the ending sequence. Enjoy - but rent rather than buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A new twist on the vampire genre makes for a good horror, 25 Jun 2008
When you think about it the concept of a vampire is very scary and it's a surprise Hollywood has never quite known how to handle the vampire genre. There's been scary vampires films, but also plenty of very corny and dull ones that generate more laughs than scares. So whenever a new vampire film comes along you really don't know what to expect, a horror or an unintentional comedy. Well I can confirm that 30 Days Of Night is most definitely the former, a film with plenty of genuine scares.

The film itself is set in a remote town in Alaska that, every winter, experiences one month of non-stop night. It is during this month that a group of vampires descend upon the town and cause carnage. No daylight means the vampires usual handicap of having to disappear during the day is gone, meaning the town is totally at their mercy.

30 Days Of Night borrows ideas from a few films, but puts its own twist on them. The Alaskan town is very remote and desolate and has its own eeriness that is very much reminiscent of the beginning of The Thing, with all the main characters in a cold isolated location where you are just waiting for something horrible to happen.

The film also has many influences from George A. Romero's zombie films. Like Dawn of the Dead where the characters are under siege from a horde of zombies, in 30 Days, the characters are under siege from a crazed group of vampires. The vampires also have a few zombie-like traits, so whereas a normal vampire just bites their victim's neck and sucks the blood, these monsters horrifically butcher their victims as well.

The vampires have super-human strength and agility, but as well as this they also have intelligence, hunting in packs and communicating in their own vampire language, which is a novel touch. So all in all they make for formidable adversaries and the battle for survival the main characters have to fight is a desperate one.

There are many real scares in this film as well as a good dose of suspense and tension as you wonder what will happen next and how the characters can possibly survive the onslaught.

I would have given this film 4 stars but I've deducted a star because of the ending. I won't give anything away as you need to make up your own mind but, in my opinion, the ending is, well, a bit silly.

But all in all a very effective horror with plenty of chilling moments and definitely worth watching.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Horror on a Good Blu-Ray, 18 Aug 2009
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This review is from: 30 Days Of Night [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The Film is a faithful take on a graphic novel and makes full use of the great central idea from the source material, a band of vampires attack a far Northern Alaskan town just as the sun is about to set for a full month. What follows is effectively an extended riff on the "trapped in a house" set-up of Night Of The Living Dead as a small group of survivors attempts to hide out and make it until the sun rises again. The vampires are as far away from Tom Cruise or Twilight style "gothic love interests" as they could be and gore levels are high, not a surprise given the involvement of Peter Jackson and his Weta special effects workshop (how he'd loved to have had access to these effects to play around with for Bad Taste or Braindead). That said, the messy stuff fits with the story and in the main nothing feels tacked on for the sake of it and the shock moments drive the plot.

The Blu-Ray is high quality using a top-notch film transfer. The opening long shots of a single figure walking through the Alaskan snow are especially stunning and the visuals are good throughout despite 90% of the film taking place at night. There are some reasonable extras too which are worth sitting through (not always the case), notably an interesting "Making Of".

Given the Blu-ray is at a good price this is definitely one to get as a Hi-Def disc over the DVD version.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different spin on the vamp genre, 6 July 2008
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This isn't a great film, but it is good.

I don't like to go into plot too much in a review - why bother watching the film if you know everything that's going to happen? - but briefly; a group of vampires turn up in the small Alaskan town of Barrow where, for 30 days (& nights), the sun doesn't rise. Perfect for the vamps, not quite so pleasant for the remaining residents who are all now on the menu. Usual horror rules apply here... most of the residents are dispatched quickly leaving the main characters to figure out how to survive until sunrise.

As a horror film it doesn't offer anything really different to what's been seen before but what it does do is give a new & refreshing take on the vampire genre & that's it's saving grace.

The vamps in this film are de-humanised beyond the norm seen in other films - i was reminded a bit of Boris Karloff in the old b/w Nosferatu film! They communicate in a different 'language' & there's certainly nothing sexy or glam about them! You can forget about the romantic 'suck on the neck' too - when these guys pounce they do so with about as much grace & elegance as a car crash!

There's a LOT of gore, a couple of 'make you jump' moments but i didn't find it had much suspense. I was a bit disappointed with the ending - i thought it was quite lame.

It's definately worth watching but it's not a film that i'll be keeping in my collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Movie With Real Bite...That's Best Served Cold...., 15 May 2009
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Adam Jackson "Symphonic Metal Fan" (Stoke On Trent , England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 30 Days Of Night [DVD] (DVD)
Loved this movie! It reminded me of the type of movie that John Carpenter used to make; suspense, tension, action & violence. This is everything however that JC's Ghosts Of Mars was not!
The Alaskan settings, sharp cinematography & tight editing create an impressively atmospheric offering and the Make Up FX & stuntwork are first class. There are more than enough severed heads, torn out throats and amputations to satisfy the gorehound but not to the detriment of pacing and build up.
Quick mention on the vampires; genuineley creepy, really brutal and authentically unsettling! They come across as ancient and modern at the same time. The guttural language they speak in is also very effective. They remind me of the Vampire Council in Blade but far more savage and constantly bloodsoaked from frequent feeding!
Sympathetic characters and decent performances are a plus here too.
Great opening scene heralding the arrival of the vampires that reminded me of the opening scenes of The Thing.

Basically if you like The Thing, Assault On Precinct 13, The Fog, 28 Days Later, Blade and the icy locales of the likes of Fargo then you will really enjoy this!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blooming Splendid, 6 May 2008
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This review is from: 30 Days Of Night [DVD] (DVD)
It just goes to show: when you think a genre has nothing left to offer, something new turns up and gives things a fresh twist.

If you are a fan of the short-but-sweet graphic this is based on they buy without fear - it is a fair adaptation of that. True, some elements have been lost or cut (or even added) but the basic premise and action (and ending!)is all there.

The great thing they have done is to keep it all spare but intense, witholding information until absolutely necessary, and giving the vampires a spin which makes them fairly unfamiliar. No preening Anne Rice dandies, instead they are somewhere between Christopher Lee in his prime and...the alien-quality of the 'Salem's Lot' movie vamps(?)

The moody, discoloured grey quality of the shooting and the stark abyss-black wearing undead makes it all great to watch. Sort of like 'Night of the Living Dead' meets 'the Thing'

Plus! I thought I recognised the guy in the cell - the creepy dude from 3:10 to Yuma! He's someone to watch out for in the future.

I think, one of the best vampire movies since 'Underworld'. If you are a fan of the genre, and want to feel there's still some hope left, you will be happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 30 Day's Of Tension Filled Terror, 18 Mar 2014
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This review is from: 30 Days Of Night [DVD] (DVD)
Dvd Info.
Region 2, Running time 113 minutes approx.

Extras.
Making of Documentary, Tralers, Interviews & much more

Trivia.
1)Filmed in New Zealand a majority of the cast is either Kiwi or Australian.
2)Josh Harnett did all his own stunts on this movie.
3)Melissa George film credits include The Amityville Horror remake & Triangle, One of her earliest roles was playing Angel in Aussie soap Home & Away.
4)Josh Hartnett feature film debut was Halloween H20.
5)Sam Raimi was tipped to direct this but decided to produce instead.
6)David Slade directed Twilight:Eclipse.

Synopsis.
In Barrow Alaska a small-town is plunged into darkness for one month every year, But this year as the sun set's on the horizon for the last time for a month a stranger comes ashore in on a boat from a huge liner, Arriving in the town the stranger destroys the only helicopter in the town, disables all Cell Phones & slaughters the sledge dogs, Arrested he preaches "They are coming & you townsfolk will be dead".

You see Barrow Alaska is now cut off from the outside world & is suddenly attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of Vampires hellbent on causing death & destruction on the town led by the vicious Marlow, The town's only saviours are Sheriff Eben Oleson & his estranged wife Stella, Who for 30 day's try & survive the brutal onslaught of barbaric vampire attacks & hide with a few survivors held up in a empty attic in a battle to save there very lives.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a excellent vampire horror movie that delivers great performances, A great script & a superb shock ending.

Josh Harnett & Melissa George both give convincing performances as estranged couple Eben & Stella Oleson who are on the verge of seperation find themselves pulled back together as they help protect the towns survivors from a gang of bloodthirsty vampires.

David Slade direction is inspired & the towns snowy locations deliver a chilling eerie atmosphere that enhances the film's tension as you actually feel this town is cut off from the outside world & are on there own.

This has some great bloody gory vampire sequences & Danny Huston as Marlowe is quite terrifying as Huston only has to give a menacing glare to terrify the viewer.

Then of course theres that great twist ending which I wont spoil for anybody who hasn't yet seen this film but it's a clever original idea that makes this vampire film standout from the crowd.

If you love vampire horror films then I recommend you to purchase this film it delivers sinister chills & nerve shredding tension & will no doubt become a cult vampire classic in year's to come.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars These vamps don't twinkle, 20 Aug 2013
This review is from: 30 Days Of Night [DVD] (DVD)
Ah, vampires, those pillars of the community who go to your local highschool and have pretty gold eyes because they only hunt animals. Oh, and they twinkle too in sunlight. I'm very pleased to say that 30 Days of Night isn't anything like that.

These vampires have fangs that would make mincemeat of Kristen Stewart's neck and have a nasty habit of slaughtering every man, woman and child they meet. And they meet Josh `the beard' Hartnett in his Alaskan town which is so northerly that the sun doesn't rise for thirty days (hence the title, right?).

What follows is a story of survival, where the handful of remaining townsfolk (led by Hartnett's beard) have to last the thirty days before the eventual sunrise which will kill their undead foe (of which the head vampire bears more than a passing resemblance to Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys... but with bigger teeth and a thirst for blood, rather than poppy dance anthems).

And it's good (if you don't look too closely). It has impressive action set pieces, characters you care about, plenty of gore to keep us `claret-lovers' entertained and vampires who you don't want to slap for being so wet and `Emo.' It could all be a classic, if it wasn't for the fact - and you might want to skip this bit, just in case you don't notice - that the whole `thirty days aspect' seems to be well and truly glossed over. In fact, it could all happen in one night and you'd be none the wise.

But that is a slight niggle and, if you like your vampires old fashioned and nasty (as opposed to falling in love with teenage waifs who are incapable of cracking a smile) then you should like this (although, whatever you do, don't watch the sequel - it's a terrible attempt at cashing in on the success of this one).
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