Title: 30 Days of Night
Director: David Slade
Writer: Steve Niles
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster, Manu Bennett
Studio: Colombia Pictures
I have been excited about this movie since I first saw the trailer on youtube last month. I have always loved vampire lore, and I have read Bram Stoker's Dracula three times. But the vampires in this movie are quite a bit more brutal than Stoker's Count. This film is chock full of some good old fashioned horror ultra-violence.
The vampires in this film are not great seducers as they have commonly been portrayed over the years, but rather they are killing machines, with absolutely no emotion what-so-ever. This makes for a very fun viewing experience. Director David Slade has done a fantastic job creating a non-stop action thrill ride from start to finish, while staying true to Steve Niles original graphic novel that the movie is based on. I can honestly say I loved every second of this film.
The synopsis goes like this:
The movie is set in Barrow, Alaska, where the residents experience alternating periods of light and dark every thirty days. The story begins at the end of the last day of sun. Most of the population is leaving town because the next month will be darkness until the sun rises again. The local sheriff, played by Josh Hartnett, finds a pile of cell phones burnt in a fire, a man's sled dogs have all been slaughtered, as well as other acts of violence and vandalism. He links the crimes to a suspicious stranger who has just arrived in town. When he arrests the stranger for an outburst in the town restaurant he finds out that he must deal with much more than just one troublemaker from out of town. Something is cutting off the town's remaining ties to the rest of the world. Something is getting ready to feed...
It is the vampires themselves who are the true stars of this great film. They are terrifying, fast moving, cunning, and truly evil creatures. They even have their own horrendous sounding spoken language. Not to mention their high pitched screams, I shudder just thinking about those sounds. Once they begin their rampage on the town you will be squirming in your seat as you try to take in all the throat ripping action on screen.
As I write this I can't stop thinking about seeing this movie again as soon as possible. Here's hoping for a quick release of the DVD!
Eben: "Hell of a day."
The Stranger: "Just you wait."