30 Days of Night

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Josh Hartnett (The Black Dahlia, Pearl Harbor) crosses over to the dark side in this bone-chilling adaptation of the cult-hit graphic novel, brought to the screen in all its demonic glory. In a small Alaskan town, thirty days of night is a natural phenomenon. Very few outsiders visit, until a band of bloodthirsty, deathly pale vampires mark their arrival by savagely attacking sled dogs. But soon they find there are much more satisfying thirst-quenchers about: human beings. One by one, the townspeople succumb to a living nightmare, but a small group survives -- at least for now. The vampires use the dark to their advantage, and surviving this cold hell is a game of cat and mouse...and screams.

Genre: Horror/Suspense
Director: David Slade - Film director
Theatrical Release: 2007
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 113 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

Josh Hartnett (The Black Dahlia, Pearl Harbor) crosses over to the dark side in this bone-chilling adaptation of the cult-hit graphic novel, brought to the screen in all its demonic glory. In a small Alaskan town, thirty days of night is a natural phenomenon. Very few outsiders visit, until a band of bloodthirsty, deathly pale vampires mark their arrival by savagely attacking sled dogs. But soon they find there are much more satisfying thirst-quenchers about: human beings. One by one, the townspeople succumb to a living nightmare, but a small group survives -- at least for now. The vampires use the dark to their advantage, and surviving this cold hell is a game of cat and mouse...and screams.

Based on the graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT works overtime to pump fresh life into the vampire genre. Director David Slade (HARD CANDY) has created a series of pulse-pounding sequences, ripe with carnage, employing few tricks to keep his vision from getting lost in the seemingly tireless undertow of "undead" films. Located in the northernmost part of Alaska, the town of Barrow experiences a complete lack of sunshine for an entire month once a year. The town is populated with tough, hardworking, and generally law-abiding citizens, so there hasn't been much for Sheriff Eben Olesen (Josh Hartnett) to do except brood over his separation from his fire marshall wife, Stella (Melissa George). As darkness descends for its annual 30-day day, though, a series of bizarre discoveries rocks the town--and very soon vampiric Marlow (Danny Huston) and his minions arrive, slaughtering and sucking on everyone they can catch, safe in the knowledge that they have much longer than usual until sunup. Eben, his little brother Jake (Mark Rendall), Stella, and a handful of others are forced to hide and fight for their lives until the sun returns.<BR><BR>Clearly inspired by the sprinting zombies of Danny Boyle's 28 DAYS LATER and Zach Snyder's DAWN OF THE DEAD, Slade makes these vampires lightning-fast creatures of destruction. With ratlike makeup design indebted to NOSFERATU, they are effectively spooky. This is as much an action film as a horrific one. The lead-in time until the tale's initial fireworks is brief, and the pace thereafter is relentless. The script, co-written by Niles, is tense and avoids tension-killing humor that ruins so many contemporary studio horror efforts. 30 DAYS OF NIGHT never plays it safe; primary characters bite the dust, children fall into harm's way, and a lot of pretty white scenery turns red before our eyes.;

Language Usage   Original
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   Y
Letterboxed   N
Rating Reason   for strong horror violence and language
Sam Raimi - Director, EVIL DEAD
Mark Boone Jr. -
Danny Huston - American actor and director
Rob Tapert - Producer
Mark Junior Boone -
Stuart Beattie -
Melissa George -
Josh Hartnett - Actor
Ben Foster - American actor, ALPHA DOG, SIX FEET UNDER
David Slade - Film director
Brian Reitzell - Musician
Jo Willems - Cinematographer, HARD CANDY (2006)
Brian Nelson - Screenwriter, HARD CANDY (2006)
Steve Niles - Source writer-screenwriter, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT
Steve Niles - Source writer-screenwriter, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT
Ben Templesmith - Source writer, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT
Total Film
11/01/2007
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] survivalist spooker....There's a stark, harsh integrity..."
Empire
12/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "30 DAYS OF NIGHT boasts something that has long been absent from modern fiction: genuinely frightening vampires."
Ultimate DVD
05/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he director makes full use of the set to imaginatively capture the carnage....It's uncompromisingly nasty and thrilling stuff..."

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