30 DAYS OF NIGHTGhost House Pictures
2007
R

“That cold ain’t the weather, that’s death approaching.”

There’s that feeling again. The feeling I get, more often than I care to admit, in the pit of my stomach when, after the credits start rolling and the people start filing out of the movie theater, tells me that I’ve been short-ended, and the $8.75 I spent getting into said theater was not worth it, and could have been put to better use. This feeling returned after the credits rolled for 30 Days Of Night. And that feeling left me a bitter man, let me tell you.

Seriously, this adaptation of the graphic novel had so much going for it. The plot itself put a nice spin on the moldy oldy that is the vampire genre: Nasty blood suckers descend on an isolated town in the northern-most part of Alaska for 30 straight days of 24-7 feeding on the hapless townsfolk. And for the first part of the movie, things did work pretty well; the use of shadows and the washed-out look of the cinematography coupled with the subdued acting and the pretty effective vampire makeup and effects did it for me for the first half-to-quarter hour or so. The story built up like a well-cooked crock pot chicken, building the pressure to the hot cooking point…

…I really gotta stop using food analogies, folks…

…anyway, what could have been a tight and frosty little supernatural thriller ended up falling flat with the payoff. The last forty-five minutes or so was essentially the human survivors hiding out in the buildings going “What’re we gonna do! What’re we gonna do!” for the duration of the month, and the vampires outside prancing about going “We’re vampires! Booga-booga-booga!” The whole screeching thing the vamps did got old and annoying after fifteen minutes of it; and the defacto leader of the bunch always seemed to have to say something pseudo-cryptic when he did speak, inane thing that didn’t seem to pertain much to the plot — “The wolf stalks the little bunnies under the light of the moon…SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” Had I bought something to drink, the straw would have ended up stuck in my eyeball, you can count on it. And the ending was more or less lifted from other movies with the tragic vampire hero death (Blade II leaps to mind). Was that a spoiler? Oh, well…

Bottom line, I was pretty stoked to see this movie. And I was pretty much entertained for the first part. Then, it just dragged on and on, giving us something of a cop-out ending. I would say rent this movie, don’t spend the $8.75 I did to see it in the theaters…

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