30 Days of Night

Theatrical Release: October 19, 2007
30 Days of Night
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Synopsis

Based on the Steve Niles graphic novel. In a sleepy, secluded Alaska town called Barrow, the sun sets and doesn’t rise for over thirty consecutive days and nights. From the darkness, across the frozen wasteland, an evil will come that will bring the residents of Barrow to their knees. The only hope for the town is the Sheriff and Deputy, a husband and wife who are torn between their own survival and saving the town they love.

Dove Review

Most so-called “scary movies” forgo suspense in favor of blood and gore. Initially, “30 Days of Night” seemed different. The first ten minutes of the film very effectively built up a sense of dread, that something terrifying is coming to prey on the residents of Barrow, Alaska. Unfortunately, the suspense doesn’t last much beyond the first vampire attack; after that, it’s just one person after another having their throats ripped open.

After most of the town has become the main course, will a small group of citizens led by the local sheriff (Josh Hartnett) be able to survive until the sun comes up? It might not be so difficult under normal geographical circumstances, but as the film’s title suggests, night lasts for 30 days in Barrow. As the film wore on, I found myself caring less and less what happened to the last remaining residents; perhaps because the actors playing them didn’t give me any reason to care.

The best performance in the film is given by Danny Huston, an amazing actor, who plays the leader of the vampire troupe. It’s kind of sad when the most convincing character in a film has few lines in a non-human language, and spends most of the film screeching and attacking people. Special effects are used well to make the vampires look gruesome. But even Danny Huston and cool special effects can’t make up for the lack of suspense in “30 Days of Night.” This film is not approved by Dove because of the language and violence.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: F-12; S-9; B-1; A-1; D-2; JC-1; H-7
Violence: Dogs stabbed; man shot; man stabbed with poker; numerous peoples’ throats ripped open; numerous vampires shot; large amounts of blood shown; severed head on a pike; man’s leg broken; vampires burned by light; man’s neck broken; vampires graphically decapitated with axe; man pushes woman; man’s head stomped on; vampires mangled by bulldozer; vampires blown up; vampire mangled in machinery; man’s arm cut off in machinery; man’s wrist broken; vampire’s head punched through; woman beaten; man beaten; man says he shot his family so they wouldn’t be killed by vampires.
Drugs: Reference to PCP; man asks for whiskey; man shown with whiskey bottle; reference to woman smoking and growing marijuana for medical reasons; marijuana plants shown.
Nudity: None
Other: Vampire tells a woman that there is no God.

Info

Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Steve Niles and Stuart Beattie
Director: David Slade
Producer: Sam Raimi
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 114 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Samantha Vandersloot