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A vampire film well worth the ticket price
A vampire film well worth the ticket price
It'll make you jump, cover your eyes and kick your brain's ass

by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

30 Days of Night
Directed by David Slade
Starring Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster, Danny Huston
Opens October 19th


What do you do when your town descends into a month of darkness, and at that time, a vicious group of vampires show up to feed on the citizens who remain in town? What do you do? If you're the folks in the new film 30 Days of Night (from yet another graphic novel I haven't read), you use what little resources you have-the vampires, in a very smart move for 'monsters', cut off the power, burn every cell phone, and kill the town's guard dog population-and band together to try and stay alive until the light returns. And you try not to let fear overcome you, as you hear your fellow townspeople, those unlucky enough to be out in the dark, where the vampires are, die horrible deaths.

A slick, absolutely visceral film that'll scare even the most hardcore vamp fan, 30 Days of Night hearkens back to the 'OG' legends and thus comes up with a re-invention of the genre. We're not talking Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt or Bela Lugosi vamps. Nope this is strictly 'Nosferatu' in every since of the word, particularly in the downright scary ugliness of these wampyrs. And pitted against the good looks of hunky Josh Hartnett and sweeter than peach ice cream hottie Melissa George, this film works on every level, getting inside your mind like an evil nightmare.

I particularly liked the blue lighting that made everything look frosty and gave an edge of unreality to every frame of this film, so that when daylight did finally come, I even breathed a sigh of relief. Definitely sure to be one of the goth faves, 30 Days of Night, will eclipse any 'scary monster' films Hollywood might come out with between now and the end of the year. Also, as the setting for this horrorfest is Alaska, during its dark time, it seems highly appropriate that this film is coming out now, as the Northwest slides into its own darkness. Go see it, but maybe see it during the day, and take someone with you, as this one's a thriller.


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