"30 Days of Night"
Directed by David Slade ("Hard
Written by Steve Niles, Stuart Beattie and Brian Nelson.
Based on the comic by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.
Starring Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston and Ben
Release Year: 2007
Review Date: 10/25/07
"30 Days of Night" gives me brief hope once
again that horror flicks have a future. Thanks to impressive
visuals and that oft-attempted but rarely captured mood of
vampire horror flick works because of that nasty sense of foreboding
danger for our heroes/good guys & gals.
The film takes place right before a
month-long blackout in the northernmost town in Alaska. As it
turns out, a stranger (Ben Foster, who needs to really consider
expanding his acting palette) comes into town right before this
blackout as a scout for a group of evil vampires bent on devouring
the entire 500-person town. Wise to this evil plot is town
sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett), who leads a small band of
random survivors and his ex-girlfriend (Melissa George, from the
third season of "Alias") in a fight for survival, between killing
off some of these crazy vampires and surviving 30 days and nights
without much food, resources and power. Oh, and watch your
back: if you get bitten by one of these bad boys, you turn into one
Is "30 Days of Night" great? I don't
think so, but it IS a fun, violent, suspenseful fantasy that mixes
enough of the real world in to make this a unique experience.
That makes it good, and for some of us--those who wish PG-13 horror
films would die an NC-17 death--this is pure heaven. The
visuals are really great, and the strange faces of the vampires
really never gets old; something about those faces and the way their
eyes and teeth look just really freak me out. We even get
character actor Danny Huston (he's been a bit player in like 20
movies in the last few years) as the lead vampire; using a mix of
some made-up vampire language, incredibly-detailed vampire teeth and
this really cool blank stare, Huston actually carves out an
interesting scary guy here.
Yep, it's too long, especially with a set up
of vampires attack on Day 1 of the no-sunrise period, kill 95% of
the town by Day 2 and we wait for everyone left to sweat it out for
28 days. And, even though I thought it was cool-looking, the
ending is a bit empty. But, the meat of it and the sheer nasty
level of the violence make for some good watchin', and when you are
talking about horror movies, that's all this simple man ever asks
for! Check this one out if you have the stomach for it...
Rating: $9.50 Show
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard