Favorite Halloween Flix #1: Not Your Grandpappy’s Bloodsuckers

One by one they slip into our cities and towns under cover of darkness …. bloodthirsty, terrifying and badly in need of a good dental plan.

I’m referring to vampires, the hot trend in Halloween hits these days. 

 30 Days of Night is one of the more imaginative films in the genre. 

30 Days - poster

The pic is set in Barrow, Alaska. And what better place for vampires  to chill out than a town where the sun doesn’t shine for a month during winter. 

To quote vampire leader Marlow (Danny Huston): “We should have come here ages ago.”

Danny Huston - Sinking His Teeth Into a Role
Danny Huston – Sinking His Teeth Into a Role

Marlow and his band of toothy villains proceed to slaughter the townsfolk. It’s up to fearless young sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett); his plucky ex-wife, Stella (Melissa George) and ornery snow plow driver Beau Brower (Mark Boone Jr.) to stop them. 

These are not your grandfather’s Draculas. As Brower says: “Just because something stopped Bela Lugosi (star of the original 1931 Dracula film) doesn’t mean it can stop these things.” 

I’m giving the pic two fangs up for the manner in which Brit director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) captures the look of the graphic novel  on which the film is based. 

The 30 Days of Night graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith)
The 30 Days of Night graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith

However, if you feel Mr. Slade plays a little too fast and loose with the source material you may not be alone. Mr. Hartnett, Ms. George and producer Rob Tapert hint in the DVD extras that they would have liked some reshoots but ,according to Mr. Tapert, “David didn’t want them.” (Hmmm. Do I detect some “creative differences” between the lines?)

Mr. Slade maintains in the obligatory “Making Of” featurette that he isn’t going for the gross-out factor here. Nevertheless, there is enough fake blood sprayed around that FX coordinator Jason Durey reveals they bought the stuff in bulk. 

Like Danny Huston says on the DVD, if you want a gentle film, rent Lassie. 

30 Days - DVD


Author: rixbitz

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