Josh Hartnett Almost Acts in 30 Days of Night
First off, why have vampires not taken up permanent residence in Alaska? Hello, it’s an all you can eat buffet! I had a serious apprehension to this movie at first, because I have long stopped liking Josh Harttnet. It was right around the time he did that awful movie with Harrison Ford. And if you didn’t see it, good for you. Anyhow, this movie was perfect for him, because he didn’t have to make an attempt to actually act. Horror might be his genre. Basic recap, there was a subplot (a bit useless) about Hartnett, the town sheriff going through a divorce from his wife (Melissa George), the town fire marshall. Every year at a certain time this town goes into darkness for 30 Days. Get it… 30 Days of Night. Anyway, vampires emerge on the town, ravaging it, eating and drinking all the blood there little stomachs can hold. Our hero, Harnett, mumbles some words, saves the day. Well, I won’t ruin it for all who haven’t seen it.
Although I haven’t loved a vampire move since Lost Boys (yes, I’m that old) this truly was a good one. I liked how the vampires didn’t turn into bats, they just leapt from rooftop to rooftop. The special effects overall was pretty good. The aerial shots of the vampires, slaughtering of the townsfolk was memorable. Oh, they also used kids! You know kids in horror always equal scary.
So how do you feel it stacks up? Instant vampire classic or refreshing take on an old story? Moans, groans, hoorays, what did you think? Should you see it, if you’re a true horror fan, I say yes.