Sunday, July 23, 2017

30 Days of Night (2007)

So I actually really love 30 Days of Night and I can't believe I've never written a review on it before.  This afternoon, my husband took our son out, giving me a much-needed break, and as I flipped through the channels, this movie was just about to start on SyFy.  I've been furiously writing recaps lately (this time, The Mist) with hopes of getting that part of my blog back up and running again, but it will be nice to review a movie I've already seen a few times.

30 Days of Night is about the town of Barrow, Alaska, where every year in the winter, that have 30 days of night.  This movie actually wasn't shot in Alaska, but rather in New Zealand.  Eben Oleson (Josh Harrnett) is the town's sheriff, and his estranged wife, Stella (Melissa George), unwillingly becomes stranded in town when she misses the last plane out.  Meanwhile, a stranger (Ben Foster) approaches the town.  Eben gets called to various locations in town due to people finding phones, helicopters and dogs ripped to bits.  Of course, that's followed by people getting shredded up as well.

And this all comes back to...vampires!  These are not shiny True Blood or Twilight vampires.  They're gnarly and have scary teeth and nails and their own language.  Will the residents of Barrow survive a month of vampires besieging their town?

Honestly, I think this movie rocks.  Good vampire movies are few and far between, and this one had both a cool setting and a good cast.  Not to mention awesome makeup and special effects.  And you know what, Josh Hartnett is BAE, and I don't care what anyone thinks.  This gets the thumbs up from Scream Queen.