30 Days of Night (15)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Mon Oct 29 2007

This broadly faithful but chronically uneven adaptation of Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith’s graphic horror novel is a frustrating mix of imaginative design, erratic plotting and underwritten characters. Set in remote Alaska, where the sun is about to set for a month, it vividly portrays a vampire invasion, splashing the cold white streets with hot red blood. The vampires are ferocious creatures – nightmarish eating machines. Unfortunately, the anaemic human characters pale by comparison, drifting aimlessly about the ravaged town as if searching for narrative footsteps in the snow.

The arrival in the isolated town of a pallid, raving stranger (Ben Foster) isa harbinger of the carnage to come: a human acolyte and wannabe vampire, he lays the groundwork for the vampires’ nocturnal attack by cutting the power, severing the phone lines, trashing the helicopter and slaughtering every sled-dog in town. When darkness falls, Marlow (Danny Huston) and his savage pack descend upon the town and feast on human flesh. Sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett), his estranged wife Stella (Melissa George) and a small group of survivors take refuge in the cramped attic of a boarded-up house, and the film grinds to a juddering halt.

British director David Slade’s second film lacks the taut suspense of his debut indie feature, ‘Hard Candy’. With its stop-start pacing, odd shifts of tone and artificial-looking sets, it only comes to life during sporadic bursts of neck-devouring or head-severing violence – or in the distressing scenes where cute vampire-infected children must be dispatched before they make a meal of their parents.

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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Thu Nov 1, 2007

Duration:

113 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

David Slade

Editor:

Art Jones

Cinematography:

Jo Willems

Music:

Brian Reitzell

Screenwriter:

Brian Nelson, Stuart Beattie, Steve Niles

Cast:

Danny Huston, Melissa George, Ben Foster, Josh Hartnett

Production Designer:

Paul Denham Austerberry

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Lucy

Not worth the money I spent on it. Never made me jump wasn't at all scary, might have been gory if the only dead bodies wern't panned over so quicky you coudn't see them and the plot was so weak it didn't make up for it. Then again I'm a hard girl to scare.

Lucy

Not worth the money I spent on it. Never made me jump wasn't at all scary, might have been gory if the only dead bodies wern't panned over so quicky you coudn't see them and the plot was so weak it didn't make up for it. Then again I'm a hard girl to scare.

Dave

I'd long since given up on vampires and so went to watch 30 Days of Night with dragging feet (and there wasn't anything else worth watching). But I was pleasantly surprised. Ok the human characters aren't up to much but they only really have to get eaten or run and hide. But I thought the vampires were more interesting than the tired old romantic Counts and other boring cliches such as Anne Rice keeps pedaling out. They were brutal, blood soaked and murderous in a way that recalled the atrocious deeds of WW2 Nazis. Danny Huston put in a stellar performance as the leader. A creature of few words but when he spoke you damn well paid attention. If I have one quibble it's that it really didn't feel like 30 nights. I doubt anyone could have survived such bad baddies for that length of time but then it's a horror film not a sprint.

Dave

I'd long since given up on vampires and so went to watch 30 Days of Night with dragging feet (and there wasn't anything else worth watching). But I was pleasantly surprised. Ok the human characters aren't up to much but they only really have to get eaten or run and hide. But I thought the vampires were more interesting than the tired old romantic Counts and other boring cliches such as Anne Rice keeps pedaling out. They were brutal, blood soaked and murderous in a way that recalled the atrocious deeds of WW2 Nazis. Danny Huston put in a stellar performance as the leader. A creature of few words but when he spoke you damn well paid attention. If I have one quibble it's that it really didn't feel like 30 nights. I doubt anyone could have survived such bad baddies for that length of time but then it's a horror film not a sprint.

jodie

how can anyone say this wos bad?! its one of the best horrors ive seen all year! i mean gore galore and plenty of jumpy bits just wot i love. plus josh hartnett is a fittie. :p you must see this if u like vampires and bloodiness! very fresh and original i thought.

jodie

how can anyone say this wos bad?! its one of the best horrors ive seen all year! i mean gore galore and plenty of jumpy bits just wot i love. plus josh hartnett is a fittie. :p you must see this if u like vampires and bloodiness! very fresh and original i thought.

jemz

this film was amazing and for all u people who said it was rubbish it wasnt you must see it but it was very gory and frightning!!! :-) x

jemz

this film was amazing and for all u people who said it was rubbish it wasnt you must see it but it was very gory and frightning!!! :-) x

lisa

It was good if u like that sort of thing was a bit gory at times but it did what a scary film is supposed to do.

lisa

It was good if u like that sort of thing was a bit gory at times but it did what a scary film is supposed to do.

S

What an amazing film! The acting isn't great, but what do you expect from a horror film? The bad acting is part of the fun. I was terrified. My friend and I actually screamed out loud (the shame) and were reduced to gibbering wrecks within 30 minutes. I had to stop my car on the way home to convince myself I was being stupid and there were no vampires on my roof. I had nightmares. It was very creepy, very jumpy and very gory... What more could you want?

S

What an amazing film! The acting isn't great, but what do you expect from a horror film? The bad acting is part of the fun. I was terrified. My friend and I actually screamed out loud (the shame) and were reduced to gibbering wrecks within 30 minutes. I had to stop my car on the way home to convince myself I was being stupid and there were no vampires on my roof. I had nightmares. It was very creepy, very jumpy and very gory... What more could you want?

Cayla

can people who rate this plz put how many stars they would give it, because people are saying it was awesome, but giving it no stars, which then gives it a low mark on the front page!

Cayla

can people who rate this plz put how many stars they would give it, because people are saying it was awesome, but giving it no stars, which then gives it a low mark on the front page!

paddy

amazing film... i agree some of the acting was dodgey but its a horror its ment to be and i jumped alot so must be good... i love horrors and i feel today all horror films r laime but i was pleasently surprized to see this horror film was good......

paddy

amazing film... i agree some of the acting was dodgey but its a horror its ment to be and i jumped alot so must be good... i love horrors and i feel today all horror films r laime but i was pleasently surprized to see this horror film was good......

JAMii

Omg i was screaming da whole way through greatt filmm shud ov been an 18 thoo =] xx

JAMii

Omg i was screaming da whole way through greatt filmm shud ov been an 18 thoo =] xx

Kirsty

DON'T KNOW HOW THIS PASSED AS A 15, REALLY DON'T SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN 18, SCARED ME SO MUCH, I KEPT SCREAMING LOL.. GOOD FILM ALL IN ALL THOUGH..!

Kirsty

DON'T KNOW HOW THIS PASSED AS A 15, REALLY DON'T SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN 18, SCARED ME SO MUCH, I KEPT SCREAMING LOL.. GOOD FILM ALL IN ALL THOUGH..!

Georgia

great film! it scared me enough to jump out my seat! i dont usually go to horror flicks but this had to be seen! im glad i went!

Georgia

great film! it scared me enough to jump out my seat! i dont usually go to horror flicks but this had to be seen! im glad i went!

Scottie

Loved it, lots of teenage girls in the cinema screamed lots and added to the atmosphere.

Scottie

Loved it, lots of teenage girls in the cinema screamed lots and added to the atmosphere.

Lizzie

Don't usually go for horror movies but had to watch something after walking out of Beowolf after 15 mins of total rubbish and sheer boredom. Glad to say that this film was much better, but so gory and full of blood & guts that I could hardly believe it passed as a 15. The plot was quite predictable mostly, some funny bits (funny because they were just so over the top and totally unbelievable). Also when the humans had come up with an excellent plan to kill the vampires, and managed to wipe one out, how come they didn't take that further?! If you like horror movies I'm sure you'll enjoy this - it definitely beats Beowolf at any rate!

Lizzie

Don't usually go for horror movies but had to watch something after walking out of Beowolf after 15 mins of total rubbish and sheer boredom. Glad to say that this film was much better, but so gory and full of blood & guts that I could hardly believe it passed as a 15. The plot was quite predictable mostly, some funny bits (funny because they were just so over the top and totally unbelievable). Also when the humans had come up with an excellent plan to kill the vampires, and managed to wipe one out, how come they didn't take that further?! If you like horror movies I'm sure you'll enjoy this - it definitely beats Beowolf at any rate!

dave

well i thought this was a good watchable film and i enjoyed it so much im off to see it again in about an hour.

dave

well i thought this was a good watchable film and i enjoyed it so much im off to see it again in about an hour.

BAKU

Not a bad film but i have seen better, at least it's a watchable film . i'm not so sure on some of the acting it was very lame in places.

BAKU

Not a bad film but i have seen better, at least it's a watchable film . i'm not so sure on some of the acting it was very lame in places.

andyfoz

it was very bad i wanted to leave half way through. The plot was good but it dragged on and the ending was shocking i cant see there being a 2nd movie but stranger things have happend like wrong turn 2

andyfoz

it was very bad i wanted to leave half way through. The plot was good but it dragged on and the ending was shocking i cant see there being a 2nd movie but stranger things have happend like wrong turn 2

Jojo

Good old fashioned gory horror. Not very complicated on the storyline department, but hey who cares when youve got great vampires and bucketloads of guts. Josh Hartnett looked good too which helps!!

Jojo

Good old fashioned gory horror. Not very complicated on the storyline department, but hey who cares when youve got great vampires and bucketloads of guts. Josh Hartnett looked good too which helps!!

jess

And Loe is just a prat. Why would we be telling people off for spel;ling to make ourselves feel better when we can spell? Film was great by the way but the acting wasnt always amazing. And the soundtracks didnt really make much of a difference.

jess

And Loe is just a prat. Why would we be telling people off for spel;ling to make ourselves feel better when we can spell? Film was great by the way but the acting wasnt always amazing. And the soundtracks didnt really make much of a difference.

critique

The Time Out reviewer is not far off but is a little harsh. The film is well shot, reasonably suspenseful & the vampires are very scary. Curiously, it shares with The Lookout both a former teenage Home & Away actress and a character who, somewhat unnecessarily, uses an asthma inhaler.

critique

The Time Out reviewer is not far off but is a little harsh. The film is well shot, reasonably suspenseful & the vampires are very scary. Curiously, it shares with The Lookout both a former teenage Home & Away actress and a character who, somewhat unnecessarily, uses an asthma inhaler.

Gordon

I dont know whether it was because I was tired or the film had just got dull but over an hour into it i actually drifted off for like 10 or so minutes. I cant believe how boring this film is, once again were forced to sit through another rise of the living dead flick with monsters who appear for no reason, actors who have no talent, a plot which is hardly feasible, and no unique CGI. This film was about as dull as Death Proof.

Gordon

I dont know whether it was because I was tired or the film had just got dull but over an hour into it i actually drifted off for like 10 or so minutes. I cant believe how boring this film is, once again were forced to sit through another rise of the living dead flick with monsters who appear for no reason, actors who have no talent, a plot which is hardly feasible, and no unique CGI. This film was about as dull as Death Proof.

Rachael

Nothing new, but it was quite scary, there were lots of jumpy parts. On the topic of spelling, some people are dyslexic, some just arent great at spelling, Im sure you all knew what was meant by the comments that were posted.

Rachael

Nothing new, but it was quite scary, there were lots of jumpy parts. On the topic of spelling, some people are dyslexic, some just arent great at spelling, Im sure you all knew what was meant by the comments that were posted.

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