Director: David Slade
So, there are these things that only come out at night with sharp teeth that feed off fresh blood. Oh, and if they bite you, you ‘turn’ into one of them. Perhaps you’ve heard of such a creature before. I believe in some stories they’re called Vampires.
If this information is all new to you then you’re going to love 30 Days of Night. I actually tried to figure out how many Vampire movies are out there and lost track at over 300. With a following like that it’s quite difficult to offer something new.
Yet 30 days of night is being touted as a "breath of fresh air for the vampire genre". Namely for the admittedly brilliant premise of vampires attacking a northern town in Alaska with 30 days of night.
The story is lifted from the graphic novel written by Steve Niles with stand out artwork by Ben Templesmish. As far as adapting the look and feel from the graphic novel, this film does quite well. Unfortunately Hollywood seems unable to bring any movie to the screen without involving some pointless insipid romance. This film is no exception.
Josh Hartnett is the quiet sheriff who teams up with a handful of survivors hoping to last the 30 day vampire siege. The vampires are great but unfortunately unlike the graphic novels there is no character development.
If you’re thirsty for some vampire killing this one may not leave you satisfied but will at least tide you over until the inevitable next one.