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.