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30 Days of Night

horror, thrillers

Cross over to the dark side in this bone-chilling adaptation of the cult-hit graphic novel. In a small Alaskan town, a growing band of bloodthirsty vampires thrust the living into a deadly game of cat and mouse... and screams.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Positive messages
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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5 out of 5

Very-bloody vampire movie lacks bite. No kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this vampire horror movie (which was based on a graphic novel) isn't for kids. While the themes aren't especially sophisticated, the imagery is very bloody, with bodies getting torn, beaten, chewed, and graphically abused. Children are in danger and killed (one is a bloody-mouthed vampire who's eventually slain by an adolescent boy), and there are explosions, car crashes, shootings, foot chases, and lots of tense scenes. Language includes several uses of "f--k" and other profanity, there's some drinking, and a grandmother grows medicinal marijuana.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the continuing appeal of vampire stories. How does this movie compare to other vampire movies and TV shows you've seen? Parents and kids can also discuss the way that families are presented in the movie. Why do the characters who are part of families do some of the violent things they do?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Feels derivative of 28 Days Later.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Friday, January 11, 2008


- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rotten: It's clear the film script has gone through the standard Hollywood death-of-a-thousand-rewrites wringer to emerge as shadow of its former self, drained of much of its creative synergy.

- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Friday, October 19, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Surprisingly scary, wasn't aware it was about zombies. A must see!

- murphmann93, Thursday, June 23, 2011

3 stars

three stars...

- YodaMasterJedi, Saturday, June 11, 2011

3 stars

Weird ellipses cheat us in the narrative ... Jump cuts in the fights and the strobey effect make things look like a video game melee ... Dialogue and timing is great until Ben Foster, as a grizzled vagrant Renfield figure opens his mouth 10 minutes in. The whole movie is elevated by a several stunning images of human beings walking across vast, desolate snowscapes against towering clouds. With man already pitted against nature, vampires are really a bum trip. There are some great comic book style close-ups. Not sure how I feel about these tattooed vampires who look like the mutants in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and act like smarty-pants werewolves who worship the philosophy of Max Stirner. Too much stuff with brothers, wives and grandmothers is added to make Josh Harnett look more like a sentimental role model or a hero with gravitas ( --they never did this to Harnett's doppelganger Jan Michael Vincent, whose etched, angular good looks made him seem about as feeling as his character from The Mechanic). Mark Boone Jr. is likable just for his character's taking action instead of moments to emote. Danny Huston makes a great monster. Ben Foster is no tough guy or grizzled anything; he just does it better than Ben Savage would. (-- Foster somehow got to play Jan Michael Vincent's role in the remake of The Mechanic.)

- adammahler1, Tuesday, February 15, 2011