Monday, April 27, 2009

30 Days of Night (2007)

"30 Days of Night" is about a small town in Alaska that is being taken over by vampires.  In Alaska, there is a certain time of the year where it is night for an entire month.  During this time, a group of vampires decide to take over the town, killing everyone in the process.  The movie follows the story of a group of people, including Josh Harnett, as the town Sheriff, and Melissa George, as his wife, trying to survive the 30 days of night.

I have heard from a lot of people that this is a great horror movie and after watching it, I have to disagree.  I think it is alright.  Nothing special.  It does have some very nice kills in the movie.  I really like how violent the vampires are.  The kills early in the film are the best because you do not see too much.  A character will just be standing around and then they are attacked and dragged away in mere seconds.  It was really shocking.  Later in the film, it just turns into every other typical vampire movie, except with an extreme amount of gore and violence.  The gory violence is what makes the film unique.  The movie does have a very good ending, however.  I won't spoil it, but it is a very interesting way to end the picture.

I thought that the vampires looked very good in the film.  The makeup was very subtile.  Something was different about each of the vampire's faces, but you can't really describe what it was.  Their faces were deformed a bit, but at the same time, they still looked human.  It was a very unique makeup.  

The biggest problem with the movie was its pacing.  It dragged on for a long time.  For what seemed like forever, the film was just about people hiding, while vampires are roaming the streets.  

While "30 Days of Night" does have some very exciting action sequences, I still think the movie comes up short.  It isn't bad, but it's not great.  


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