30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night
Sam Raimi (serving as producer here) returns to his bloodthirsty roots with this NZ-shot, Alaskan-set vampire movie starring Josh Hartnett and directed by David Slade who made the attention-grabbing 'Hard Candy'.

Based on a series of graphic novels, the story centers around the height of winter in northern Alaska when the sun doesn’t rise for a month. ‘Tis a bitter time and most locals split town. This winter a gang of pale faced vampires show their hideous selves, making the most of the darkness. They slaughter the community leaving only a handful of folk alive including the Sheriff and his wife (George). They try to deal with the rather large issue, and try to stay alive until the sun comes up.
2008Rating: R16, Contains Violence, Offensive Language & Horror Scenes114 minsNew Zealand, USA
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Variety

Variety

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Excels at bloodthirsty action, though dialogue and human-interest aspects are a tad anemic. Result is a mixed bag but has a catchy premise and quite enough splatter to satisfy gorehounds.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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[Director] Slade is clearly of the opinion that more is more, so there is lots of blood, lots of gore, and lots of vampires in black coats standing around as if auditioning for a remake of the Michael Jackson Thriller video.

2.0
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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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A well-paced and entertaining horror debut...

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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It's all pulled off with a firm sense of the fun in being scared.

2.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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A failed attempt at making a high-brow vampire flick, but good fun anyway.

3.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

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At almost two hours, the premise outstays its welcome by about 20 minutes and its climax will only appease those who enjoy elongated Captain Kirk-style wrestling matches. The plot also raises more questions than answers. How come the sheriff gets asthma halfway through the movie? And how do they know how many nights until the next sunrise when there are no visible clocks, no-one seems to wear a watch and the light never changes?

3.0
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BBC

BBC

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A vampire thriller with a deep, easy command of the genre, a very strong stomach as far as gore goes, and an inspired setting.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Excels at bloodthirsty action, though dialogue and human-interest aspects are a tad anemic. Result is a mixed bag but has a catchy premise and quite enough splatter to satisfy gorehounds.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

[Director] Slade is clearly of the opinion that more is more, so there is lots of blood, lots of gore, and lots of vampires in black coats standing around as if auditioning for a remake of the Michael Jackson Thriller video.

2.0
0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

A well-paced and entertaining horror debut...

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

It's all pulled off with a firm sense of the fun in being scared.

2.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A failed attempt at making a high-brow vampire flick, but good fun anyway.

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

At almost two hours, the premise outstays its welcome by about 20 minutes and its climax will only appease those who enjoy elongated Captain Kirk-style wrestling matches. The plot also raises more questions than answers. How come the sheriff gets asthma halfway through the movie? And how do they know how many nights until the next sunrise when there are no visible clocks, no-one seems to wear a watch and the light never changes?

3.0
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BBC

BBC

press

A vampire thriller with a deep, easy command of the genre, a very strong stomach as far as gore goes, and an inspired setting.

4.0
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