Tuesday, October 30, 2007

30 Days of Night (Slade, 2007)



I want to start out with the things I loved about this movie. SPOILER WARNING! The opening shot of the stranger walking knee deep in the snow with the gigantic ship looming ominously in the background was one of the more foreboding screen introductions I've seen in a while. The overhead, wide-angle shot that gives the viewer a growing sense of doom as the vampire mob wreaks havoc on the sleepy Alaskan town, was extremely engrossing. The fact that none of the vampires were rave-hopping, leather-clad adolescents, was a plus. I like that the majority of the vampire cliches were absent from "30 Days..". Unfortunately, the few things I liked about this movie did not offset the sour aftertaste I had in my mouth after leaving the theater. There wasn't anything I hated about "30 Days..". Film quality was excellent, blood, gore, and death were in ample supply (even for a vampire/horror flick). My biggest gripe with this film was the frigid, pointless pace of the film. Besides some casual, off-hand remarks made from one character to or about another character, there was absolutely zero chemistry between the players involved. Slade took no time developing any of the characters. This is one of the major pitfalls that so many horror movies fall into. People start dying, but the audience doesn't care because the characters have little or no story. Most of the noteworthy scenes in this film were in the trailer. Watch the trailer, soak in the highlights of this film, and you will have saved your time and money.