DATELINE: Beautiful Josh Hartnett Alert!
Director David Slade gave us the pretty vampire of Robert Pattinson in that sugar-pop vampire series, but has turned in an uglier version with 30 Days of Night. Here in Barrow, Alaska, when the sun sets, the vampires have a long winter’s feast.
It’s a claustrophobic experience to be cut off from the rest of the world with an army of hungry vampires.
Josh Hartnett has never looked prettier in this 2007 movie, but he seems to fall apart, as the film proceeds, thanks to makeup effects. He’s the sheriff of a cold, little town in the northern most latitudes of the United States. He goes from clean-shaven to scraggy, to—well, we won’t say.
Most of the residents don’t have a clue what the plague is that is attacking them as night must fall.
These are Nosferatu Nasty vampires, led by black-eyed Danny Huston speaking some weird language of vampires, in sub-titles no less. Huston wins the creepy award.
As one of those pick’em off one by one movies, you watch the little town of 150 or so dwindle to a precious few.
Ben Foster starts things off in one of his patented creepy roles, but once those superhuman vamps start flying like flakes in a blizzard, you figure that the movie will be over in thirty minutes.
Humans are resilient—and fight back, rather hopelessly.
The film is a little different than you might come to expect from the genre, and that makes it highly watchable, despite the blood-letting.
This didn’t win any Oscars, but it might have entertained a few people over the years. We have discovered it later than it deserved. But, better late than never. Go north, vampire hunters.