For 30 days every winter, the isolated town of Barrow, Alaska is plunged into a state of complete darkness. It’s a bitter time when most of the inhabitants head south. This winter, a mysterious group of strangers appears: bloodthirsty vampires ready to take advantage of the uninterrupted darkness to feed on the residents remaining in town. Barrow’s Sheriff Eben (Josh Hartnett), his estranged wife, Stella (Melissa George) and an ever-shrinking group of survivors must do anything they can to last until daylight.
Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Steve Niles.
David (Hard Candy) Slade directs this nerve-jangling adaptation of the popular graphic novel series about a mob of vampires that overruns a remote Alaskan town in the grip of 30 Days of Night. Josh Hartnett and Melissa George are the film's de facto heroes (he's the stoic town sheriff and she's his estranged fire-marshal wife) but the picture's real MVP is Slade's camera (along with cinematographer Jo Willems), which careens across the town's snowy landscape to detail the vampires' horrific assault on its inhabitants, which are quickly pared down to a hardy few. The script, co-written by the source material's creator, Steve Niles, along with Pirates of the Caribbean's Stuart Beattie and Hard Candy's Brian Nelson), proudly wears its influences on its crimson-stained sleeve (Bram Stoker's Dracula, natch, but also Salem's Lot, Night of the Living Dead, and John Carpenter's version of The Thing) and boils down the graphic novels to a series of tense and extremely bloody standoffs between Harnett and George's band of survivors and the vaguely Slavic and ferocious bloodsuckers led by Marlow (a feral and frightening Danny Huston). And if the characters seem stock and the finale begs suspension of disbelief, the set pieces leading up to it are sufficiently supercharged with suspense and violence to please most horror fans. Standouts in the supporting cast are Ben Foster as the film's Renfield figure and Mark Boone Junior; the disturbing score by Brian Reitzell also merits a mention. --Paul Gaita
- Deluxe Embossed Foil-Enhanced Slipcase Packaging
- 36 page graphic novel
- Audio commentary with cast and crew
- Pre-production featurette
- The Vampire featurette
- Building Barrow featurette
- The Cast featurette
- The Look featurette
- Blood Guts & Nasty @#$% featurette
- Night Shoot featurette
- Stunts featurette
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
- DTS Digital Surround 5.1
- DTS Digital Surround 5.1
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