WHAT IS IT?
It's 30 Days of Night, the Josh Hartnett-starring movie based on the 30 Days of Night series of graphic novels by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith. The film featured Hartnett in the role as Sheriff Eben Oleson; a lawman in charge of the sleepy Alaskan town of Barrow. Oleson was tasked with protecting the town from a group of vampires - led by Danny Huston's Marlow - who arrive in Barrow one day with the intent of killing all of the townspeople.
30 Days of Night was produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Ted Adams and was directed by David Slade. Upon release the film was met with positive reviews and made over $100 million at the box-office, which was three times the film's budget!!
WHAT WAS GOOD?
30 Days of Night took everything audiences loved about horror movies - the gore, the thrills, the 'things that go bump in the night' - and cranked them up a gear with ear piercing hostility. The film wasn't for the faint hearted and with its cold, isolated setting it borrowed from such horror staples as Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Thing (1982) and even the X-Files to present a truly terrifying tale.
Danny Huston's chief vampire, Marlow was incomparable, whilst the true horror of the situation - a sheer force of evil, intent on destruction - was something that truly chilled audiences to the bone. David Slade's direction was also spot on, with atmosphere meeting beauty in the cold, desolate landscape of Alaska.
WHAT WAS BAD?
It's difficult to dish out any negativity towards 30 Days of Night as it had a tight (albeit simple) story, great direction, gorgeous cinematography and a fantastic cast. Oh... and it was BLOODY SCARY too!
WHY PUSH THE BUTTON?
Well, there is no real reason to push the button, unless of course you have gone insane. Everything was good about the movie, yes even Josh Hartnett! If you've never seen 30 Days of Night (not to be confused with Hartnett's 40 Days and 40 Nights) then grab a copy and watch it on a very dark and chilly evening! Prepare to be very afraid.