Saturday, 3 March 2012

30 Days Of Night (2007) - ★½

Director: David Slade
Writers: Steve Niles
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster.

Barrow, Alaska. It is a cold, harsh winter. The town experiences 30 days of constant darkness. Throw in some vampires, ridiculous dialogue and some bad acting, then you have yet another thoroughly average horror movie.

Josh Hartnett and Melissa George play Eben and Stella Oleson, two very attractive police officers that happen to be very handy with a weapon even though they look like they've never been in a fight. When strange things start occurring in the town like a pile of burnt phones and a bunch of mutilated sleigh dogs, Eben Oleson finds it very 'strange,' as he keeps saying throughout the movie. The story, other than the town being overrun by vampires, is that he and his ex-wife are learning to love each other again through fighting them off. How completely original right?

The only good thing I can say about this movie is that the monsters are actually slightly frightnening. They're different from the same old run of the mill beautiful vampires we see in other movies such as Interview With The Vampire and Dracula; they were unpredictable and I liked that. There are some scenes that made me jump, however this was not enough to keep me interested in seeing what happens because it was a boring, predictable and an unrefined movie. Why can't modern horror movies focus more on character development and less on cheap scares? Just some food for thought.

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