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Thirty Days of Night (3 stars)

(18) 113 min (Icon Home Entertainment)

Thirty Days of Night


While comparisons to Katherine Bigelow’s classic Near Dark might be a little exaggerated there are certainly some nicely built moments in David Slade’s vampire flick based on Ben Templesmith and Steve Niles’ graphic novel.

In it, we meet a town sheriff (Josh Hartnett) baffled by a series of mysterious petty crimes around his isolated Alaskan hamlet, all seemingly geared towards cutting off the community from the outside world as the long arctic night of the title sets in. The source is a pack of vampires who, it emerges, run a nice line in existentialist dialogue in some unknown tongue, subtitled for our benefit. The apocalypse happens as night falls, and survivors of the vampires’ bloodlust hide out in attics and trashed homes awaiting the daybreak.

There are some nice performances here, but while there’s no shortage of tension in the first half hour of the film, a little too long is spent following the characters through their claustrophobic hiding places in the mid-section. All the same, it’s worth the ride for the frosty location shots alone, and a huge package of extras adds interest.


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