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Running Time:
1 hour 51 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong horror violence and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A gory and relentlessly brutal film, but it's also pretty good, if you don't mind the nightmares that might follow.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Audio commentary with Josh Hartnett, Melissa George and producer Rob Tapert; 8 behind-the-scenes featurettes: Building Barrow, The Look, Blood, Guts & the Nasty #@$&!, Stunts, the Vampire, Night Shoots, Casting, "Blood+" Episode 1

Josh Hartnett ... Eben Oleson
Melissa George ... Stella Oleson
Danny Huston ... Marlow
Ben Foster ... The Stranger
Mark Boone Junior ... Beau Brower
Mark Rendall ... Jake Oleson
Amber Sainsbury ... Denise Manu Bennett ... Billy Kitka

30 Days of Night
Barrow, Alaska, is a small community of 563 people, except during one month each year when the sun never shows up at all and 152 of its citizens travel to warmer places. The nearest town is 80 miles away so their helicopter is very important, since the road in the winter months is often impassable. But those who live here really love it because they like the cold and isolation.

The film begins in the final hours of the last day of sunlight as town sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett "Pearl Harbor") rushes about making sure the town is ready for the month-long night. His estranged wife, Stella (Melissa George "The Amityville Horror"), the state fire marshal, is in town on business but doesn't plan to speak to him. When she finally is forced to call him, it's only to ask for a ride to the airport before it closes for the night, but he sends his trusty deputy to drive her instead.

Weird things have already started to happen. A group of sled dogs were murdered at a kennel. Someone stole all the satellite phones from a store and burned them in a field. And they discover that the helicopter has been vandalized. They immediately think all of these strange incidents were caused by a man referred to as "The Stranger" (Ben Foster "3:10 to Yuma"), a rotten-toothed, dirty little weasel who isn't a local and smugly refuses to tell Eben anything about himself. He only warns them that dark things are a-comin', and it ain't just the 30 days of night.

Then we see the vampires, a vicious, bunch of malformed, shrieking devils who speak a Germanic-sounding language and are led by Marlow (Danny Huston "The Constant Gardener") in a horrific attack. Many of the townspeople are killed, but a few are turned into vampires. A band of survivors including Eben and Stella alternate between fighting, hiding, and running. But they soon discover that their guns aren't very effective against the marauders, but Eben discovers that an ax can come in handy.

Directed by David Slade ("Hard Candy"), this is a straightforward, suspenseful, and clever little film. Much of it is eerily quiet, with very little background music, just the low howl of the wind in the background. But gradually, the story becomes gorier and by the end, everyone on both sides is grungy and blood-soaked, and you feel almost as worn out from watching it as they are from experiencing it. Although it's a gory and relentlessly brutal film, it also pretty good if you're not afraid of the nightmares that might follow..

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