30 DAYS OF NIGHT
If Blood and Gore Is What You Want, Blood and Gore You Get
Release Date: October 19, 2007
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 113 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: David Slade
Producer: Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert
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There is a bit of mystery allowed as the story unfolds, when all forms of transportation out of town begin to be disabled. But the mystery quickly disappears as the characters come face to face with the “team” of vampires that have come to ravage the townspeople. And, as if the coming carnage against the people weren’t enough, the vampires also slaughter all of the town’s sled dogs.
The back-story for the plot to this movie is almost entirely missing. The audience does not know where the vampires came from, how they found this town, and why they haven’t used the ploy of darkness years ago. The writers and/or director did avoid most of the typical vampire clichés – silver bullets, holy water, stakes through the heart, and strands of garlic – but there is nothing new to the rest of the plot. The vampires are driven only by their thirst for blood and those who are bitten and not beheaded quickly turns into a vampire themselves. The sickness of the movie, beyond the gore, begins to deepen as a child is graphically depicted as transformed into a bloodthirsty monster. Then the realization that beheading a vampire can kill it forces the audience to succumb to even more graphic violence and stomach turning goriness. There is an unspeakable amount of blood in each and every scene and completely unnecessary “attention to detail” in the remains and pieces of the vampire’s victims.
The acting is average but with Hartnett finding his fit in a character with little emotion and a mostly one-dimensional character. The writing is the weakest part of the movie, however. As mentioned above, the back-story and set-up are mostly non-existent and the dialogue is plagued with uncreative and cheesy one-liners. The strongest aspects of the film as far as production value most certainly are the cinematography and special effects. The vampires themselves are nothing new except having a more modern and “edgy” look than other movie vampire. Covered in blood and constantly showing off their fangs and razor sharp teeth, the creatures themselves offer nothing new. However, the graphic death and “flood” of blood are all too realistic and, in terms of special effects, well done, though monotonous.
Anyone with a conscience or a weak stomach will want to avoid this movie at all cost. It is difficult to have to endure almost two hours of carnage, blood and gore with the prevailing message that no amount of good and human determination and goodwill can overcome evil. (Spoiler warning) The writers took this so far as to have one of the townspeople cry out to God for help, as the vampires “toy” with her before killing her. Then the vampire leader pauses, looks to the sky mockingly, then replies to her cry for help with “no God.” That is the end of that character in the movie in one of the most graphic murders. Overall, the film gives glory to evil, weakness of humanity, and a sick obsession with gore and graphic murder of almost the entire population of a town. And, the vampires are not the only murderer in town. There is a hint near the end about another overwhelmingly disturbing “twist” in the story.
The production values lie with the special effects and cinematography but fall far short of being truly entertaining in the writing, acting and plot. Anyone with a conscience or a weak stomach will want to avoid this movie at all cost. It is very difficult to have to endure almost two hours of carnage, blood and gore with the prevailing message that no amount of good and human determination and goodwill can overcome evil. Overall, the movie gives glory to evil, shows the weakness of God and humanity, and has a sick obsession with gore and graphic murder.