30 Days of Night (2007)
Reviewed on 2008 September 23
Decent but very gory vampire flick about a clan of bloodsuckers that have a field day in an Alaskan town that won’t see sun for a month.
Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett) is the sheriff of Barrow, Alaska, which in the film is billed as the northernmost town in the United States. It’s winter and the month of night is coming, and the people are getting ready for it. Many are bailing and the rest are stocking up on stuff. Eben’s estranged wife, Stella (Melissa George), is upset because she misses the last flight out of there. Now she’ll be stuck in that dark, frozen fishbowl with her ex. Soon she realizes dealing with Eben is the least of her worries — something is very wrong in Barrow. A bunch of vampires come into town and start brutally and methodically slaughtering the people.
It was interesting seeing the archetype of the formal, cultured Dracula abandoned for creatures that acted like linebackers at a buffet. These were some of the ugliest vampires I’ve ever seen and the makeup people outdid themselves — while they’re both good-looking in real life, Danny Huston (a.k.a. Marlow) was just sick (in a good way) and the head female vampire (Megan Franich) looked like something bred with a naked mole rat. Some of the acting is a little stiff and there are a few plot holes, but nothing really blatant, and no cliches of people doing stupid stuff just so we the audience get a higher body count. The special effects are good too. The fact that day was shot for night just made everything seem more eerie.
Two chocolate morsels and a hot toddy.