On the Big Board
|Genuinely scary, the film keeps the audience feeling paranoid. Great visuals and plenty of gore, with nice work from the cast. Hartnett continues to grow into adult roles and carries the film.
|A solid vampire movie that builds on the simple plot of the graphic novel.
|There are some scares but vampire wailing is getting old. Great visuals at the beginning.
Based on a graphic novel series by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, 30 Days of Night is produced by Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures shingle. As the title might indicate, the movie is set in Barrow, Alaska during that time of year when the city is thrown into complete darkness for an entire month. Because they are located in the extreme northern hemisphere, the sun sets at the beginning of those 30 days and doesn't make a return appearance.
Darkness is popular amongst certain undead creatures. Specifically, vampires really happen to like the possibility of 30 days without the sun, seeing as how those ultraviolet rays are quite harmful to them. They head up to Barrow, where they plan to take full advantage of the constant darkness to feed on the denizens of the city of night. As the evening moves on, the town's sheriff and his estranged wife attempt to lead the surviving residents to last until daylight.
30 Days of Night has a strong cast, including Josh Hartnett as the sheriff and Melissa Georgia as his wife. David Slade, who received positive reviews for Hard Candy, directs the film. (Kim Hollis/BOP)