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30 Days Of Night: Special Edition (2 Discs)

Released on 14 April 2008

Featuring: Josh Hartnett, Ben Foster & Melissa George

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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30 Days Of Night is based on the comic book miniseries, by Steve Niles, of the same name and features Josh Hartnett and Melissa George.

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.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

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 30 Days

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This vampire film based on the graphic novel series of the same name is really a very good film. The acting is not top-notch, but this film doesn't require a stellar cast, as the plot moves the film rather than the characters. The vampires are done very well, with layers of razor teeth, black almond eyes, long sharp yellow nails and a vampiric tongue that sounds like a rasping Aramaic dialect. The story is your worst nightmare: superhuman vampires invading a derelict town at the beginning of their yearly spell of darkness. Great setting and tense plot - it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Worth noting, the ending is based on the original comic book ending, although with a small aftermath left out.

 Batten down the hatches. Night is here.

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I'm not sure why, but some people who normally enjoy horrors can't find anything good to say about this movie.
For me it's got it all. A good story, cast, sp-fx and enough gore to keep the hardcore slasher fans happy.
The concept of a town shutting down for a month for thirty days of night, and thus providing a smorgasbord of delights for the vampire invaders is deftly played out.
It reminds me of the classic vampire movie Near Dark in some ways. It has a degree of intelligence attributed to it that is rare in the modern horror field
This is mainly because they have avoided the fanciful supernatural aspects of vampires, and instead portrayed them as hunters who are simply enjoying their position at the top of the food chain. They carry an arrogance with them as they know that they are the equivalent of the great white cutting a swath through a shoal of tuna.
Opposed to them is the townsfolk, or prey, who are allowed to show all the fear and horror that would surface if you found yourself about to be culled.
No one's denying that it's a fanciful story, but it's one that takes that premise, accepts it, and then moves on in a factual (and gory) manner by detailing how people would react.
Maybe this is the horror that appeals to people who normally wouldn't give the genre the time of day.

 Visually one very scary film. Not for the squeamish!

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In 30 Days Of Night, a group of vampires set about ransacking and feeding on the inhabitants of a small town in Alaska, where the sun sets for thirty days at a time. Visually the film scores very highly indeed. The vampires are extremely scary. The blood and gore is extreme, and will undoubtedly be far too much for some people (no, really, if you are squeamish, avoid this film!). Does it scare? Oh yes! It certainly does!
Overall I thought the film was actually fairly slow moving and just seemed to be going nowhere. Directing could have been a lot better. Acting was surprisingly weak, as is the script. Still, it gets a four for it's brilliant visual impact and downright scariness!

 It Bites

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This film is a hybrid horror flick. It is a vampire horror set in the destitute wintry town in the American North. After a vampire infestation starts when the town faces its annual 30 days of darkness, the local residents start dropping like flies. The remaining all huddle in hiding and this is when it fashions itself on a 28days later, apocolyptic theme.
It is more gore than actual scares but is strengthened in effectively using claustraphobic settings and the tensions that build up.
The considerable weakness is that, depending on how you like your horror films, some will find the angst-will they get found in hiding anticipation dull if you like sicko flicks like saw or hostel (which I hate).
It makes a point of saying that its the best vampire movie in decades. If you look at the compeition from the brain dead 'lets churn out any old crap for a cheap buck' then this is well above par.

 A Genuinely Original and Enjoyable Horror

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Vampires have long been depicted on the screen but of late seem to have had an image crisis. Their appearance in Underworld, Blade or Buffy has left them looking a bit lame. How refreshing then, that 30 Days of Night injects some fresh blood into the genre. The vampires depicted here are clever, brutal, cold and creepy.

Josh Hartnett plays the longer cop very well but all the actors put in a decent performance. Director Slade doesn't fall back on the cliches of jump cuts or false scares to try and create atmosphere. He instead builds up slowly and as the rapidly diminishing group of survivours tries to hide from a remorseless foe who could appear at any moment. It is a violent film, but all that blood seems to be there for a reason, as opposed to trying to shock or gross people.

You could argue that the timescale depicted seems a bit too far fetched and the ending is rather unlikely. They are minor problems however and doesn't detract from it being possibly the most refreshing horror since 28 Days Later.

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ActorsJosh Hartnett, Ben Foster, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Craig Hall, Kate O'Rourke, Mark Boone Junior, Joel Tobeck & Mark Rendall
DirectorDavid Slade
Certificate18 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Duration1 hour and 53 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.