30 Days of Night [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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Columbia Pictures 30 Days Of Night (Blu-ray) Josh Harnett ("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, thirtydays 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.
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So they come by boat to feed of the population of Barrow, an Alaskan small town, a place where no person ever seems to joke or smile. They're forced to live, once a year, in perpetual darkness during the winter. Director David Slade knows how to create tension and horror without showing you much, and that happens to be a plus point with its extremely patient build up, and the heightening of suspense. You have to tip your hat at him for crafting a very quiet movie at crucial scenes, so much so that the audience lend their "Ssshhhhs" not to tell fellow audience to keep quiet, but aimed at the characters themselves to remain like little mice lest they get detected. '30 Days of Night' is a very grey movie in mood, tone and the weather.
The humans here though behave like typical vampire movie fodder. The bigger the ensemble, the more victims it can provide, not counting anonymous folks seen being victims from afar. Josh Hartnett's Sheriff Eben plays hero as he leads his bewildered town kinsman to survive through this 30 days of mayhem before the sun shines again, while trying to work out his estranged relationship with wife Stella (a very pouty Melissa George from Turistas (Unrated Edition), and I still say she's a dead ringer for Estella Warren!).Read more ›
The film takes place in the isolated village of Barrow, Alaska where the sun annually disappears for 30 days straight. As the sun sets for the last time in a month, the town Sheriff, Eben (Josh Hartnett), increasingly gets busier and busier over the course of a few hours. Some peculiar vandalism occurs and some sled dogs are killed. He investigates and soon stumbles upon a bizarre drifter (Ben Foster) who becomes the film's "crazy old man" cliché character who warns of the town's fate. Although Foster is of course young, that cliché may very well be intentional as it probably goes all the way back to the Renfield character in Dracula. Foster's character is definitely the Renfield of this film, so perhaps he brings the formula full-circle. Anyway, the townie characters are for the most part likeable and that makes it even more exciting when a ruthless posse of vampires shows up and wreaks havoc on men, women, and children alike. No punches are pulled as we see Sheriff Eben do his very best to protect the few folks who remain holed up in some old guy's attic.
The film has solid performances from Hartnett and Melissa George and I guess they help to anchor the marketing end and make this very good movie some well earned money.Read more ›
30 Days of night is not your typical vampire movie. There are no beguiling Lestats or devastatingly-seductive Draculas. The creatures of 30 Days of Night are hellish, seemingly unstoppable, monsters. They hunt in packs and use bloodied children as bait. At first, their attacks seem frenzied and opportunistic. But as the movie progresses, you realise that they are highly-intelligent killing machines, who will stop at nothing to preserve their existence.
As I previously said, 30 Days of Night is trying to stay away from old vampire clichés. No wooden stakes or holy water here, but there is still the odd-nod to Bram Stoker.Read more ›
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what a bore.this thing just plods along.it's slow slow,two snails circled the block before it was half over.the few action scenes are just way too frenetic and chaotic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by falcon
Loved the movie I owned the dvd, just wanted to upgrade to a blu-ray, I was very happy when it arrived before the scheduled date.Published 2 months ago by Max
One of the best real vampire movies that have been made none of this romantic vampire crap, this is how vampires should be. Lot's of horror and action great movie.Published 6 months ago by Paul