|Josh Hartnett as Eben Oleson in a frame from 30 Days of Night (2007)|
In the 9th installment of A Binge too Far I am offering you some brief thoughts on the 30 Days of Night duo (2007 – 2010) which I criminally neglected seeing until now.
|30 Days of Night (2007) poster|
30 Days of Night (2007)
Set in a small town in Alaska where each year the sun doesn’t rise for 30 days once every year, director David Slade’s film is focusing on the struggle the town’s habitants face when they are attacked by uninvited strangers that look like vampires and slaughter everything that’s alive in order to drink blood.
Based upon the same-titled comic book, this is featuring monstrous and animalistic vampires that offer brutal scenes of excellently-done gore. More importantly though its atmosphere is echoing that of Fargo (1996) and not just because the snow setting.
30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010)
Stella Oleson (Kiele Sanchez) lost her husband in the events of the first film, and after spending a year travelling the world making a fool of herself preaching about the existence of vampires, she returns to the same small town in Alaska in order to fight the leader of the vampires Lilith (the ever-gorgeous Mia Kishner).
Slow, tedious, and boring, director Ben Ketai’s film cannot be salvaged by the occasional interesting set-piece. Its practical effects may be great, but its CGI are awful. Maybe its most memorable aspect is the great soundtrack by Andres Boulton.
Back in 2007, the spin-off series 30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust, consisting of 6 episodes, and 30 Days of Night: Blood Trails, consisting of 7 episodes, also saw the light of the day (although it was obviously dark days), on FEARnet, but I haven’t seen those, nor am I planning to.
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