For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Graphic Novel Film Adaptations, here’s a review of 30 Days of Night (2007) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101
Thanks again to Vern of the Video Vortex for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Audrey of 1001 Movies and Beyond and she has chosen the genre of Movie Musicals.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to MusicalAudrey@movierob.net
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Audrey!
Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:
Director: David Slade
Writers: Steve Niles, Stuart Beattie, Brian Nelson
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster, Mark Boone Junior
Plot: After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name we follow friendly sheriff Eben Oleson (Hartnett) getting thee remaining resident ready for the 30 Days of Night his small town of Barrow because they will have no supplies for this time. This time things turn out different for Eben, first his ex-wife Stella (George) has been working in the town. Secondly a stranger (Foster) arrives in town. He provides a message about an arrival of his own, Marlow (Huston) a vampire and his clan, they see this town as a perfect feeding opportunity and terrorise the town for the next 30 Days of Night.
Why I like it: I am a big vampire sub-genre of horror fan, I grew up on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and sure they are not the most violent or accurate portrays of vampire, they were fun. I do like the gothic side of vampires and will always have time for anything outside the normal within this world. 30 Days of Night goes full-blown comic-book violent with blood flying off the walls with kills that feel straight out of the graphic novels. By doing this we get an original take on the sub-genre that is easy to watch and a fun all around experience, because you know it hasn’t got a single ounce of reality involved.
The performances are all great with Josh Hartnett showing he can lead a film well, with Melissa George continuing to show she works excellently in horror. Danny Huston makes for a terrifying villain with the rest of the cast doing everything they need to, to make this horror having likeable characters.
Using the small town isolated from the world is brilliant because you see just how helpless these people are during the vampire attack and unlike most vampire movies the day light would come to their rescue, in this time there is no sunlight coming.
For me this is my favourite modern day vampire movie, I always recommend to everyone and I think everyone into horror should see this at least once.