Tuesday, December 2, 2008

30 Days of Night (2007)

Director: David Slade
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 113 min.
Score: 7 out of 10

 Set in a fictional incarnation of the real city of Barrow, Alaska (some liberties are taken in order to heighten the mood), 30 Days of Night tells the story of a vampire attack perpetrated during the annual polar night that occurs in areas that far north. Solid performances are found from the entire cast, especially Ben Foster, who provides a creepy treat as "the stranger". The vampires are styled different enough to set them apart from other hollywood undead and hints are given that there is far more to their story than what was told in the film. There is plenty of of blood and guts to wet the palate of any gorehound, but there were no good scares. Everything was a little predictable. My biggest gripe with this film is that there was too much exposition in some parts and not enough in others. In the beginning the filmmakers hit you over the head letting you know that "someone" was coming, but once there you are given no explanation as to where they came from (though they acted like you might get that information... you never do... which was a tad frustrating). Not enough characterization is done with the human protagonists to make you care about whether or not they survive... frankly you just end up waiting to see who dies next.
When all is said and done, 30 Days of Night is a decent addition to the vampire genre, but not without it's flaws. For most movie fans its worth a rent. For horror fans, you should see it at least once... and for fans of vampire films... wait for a sale and add it to your collection.

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