“Vampires don’t exist, Jake”

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Second movie on the list is 30 Days of Night, which again is based on a comic of the same name published by IDW and starring Josh Hartnett.

The plot centres around the town of Barrow, which experiences 30 days of night every year, or no sun for a month. Over the course of the movie the town is besieged by vampires, led by Marlow (Danny Huston). Eben (Hartnett), the local sheriff, must band together the survivors if they are to have any chance at surviving.

The acting is generally pretty good, solid performances all round. The movie garnered mixed reviews though, on release but still managed to perform pretty well on a budget of £30 million. I think a lot of the criticism it came in for was a little harsh, because if you can ignore a few plot holes this is actually a pretty decent vampire movie as well as comic book adaptation. When you think about it the premise is actually quite clever and I don’t know any other examples of vampires having free reign for an entire month because the sun didn’t come up. It sets up a sense of isolation with the setting, and you know the game of cat and mouse they end up playing is probably not going to end well, as essentially they don’t have a lot of distance they can run, being in such a remote place.

As previously mentioned the actors are all pretty solid. Hartnett captures the ‘hopeless situation met with determination’ well, as does Melissa George, who plays his estranged wife. Huston is particularly menacing as Marlow.

Some of the characters did kind of get on my nerves a bit. I also previously mentioned plot holes. There are a few. For instance, at one point I thought to myself, how come new vampires can automatically speak this strange language? I hadn’t read the comics at the time I watched this, and still haven’t got around to it on rewatching it, so this just seemed like it might need explaining, or dropping from the movie. Also, what exactly were the vampires doing when the group was basically sat in the same place for over a week? There’s also the question of exactly what store the vampires shopped at to be all dressed as if they were going to an undead disco. But maybe I’m being a bit picky there.

Overall, I liked this movie. As vampire movies go, its definitely in the top half of the table. It made me look forward to rewatching the sequel. I’m going to get round to reading the comic at some point too. Anyway, my verdict is; a solid movie with solid performances

my score: 63 percent


movie info from wikipedia

Directed by David Slade
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on 30 Days of Night
by Steve Niles
Ben Templesmith
Music by Brian Reitzell
Cinematography Jo Willems
Edited by Art Jones
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 19, 2007 (2007-10-19)
Running time
113 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[2]
Box office $75.5 million