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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
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
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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

2 stars

Thanks to Steve Niles' comic book miniseries, David Slade gets the chance to bring 30 Days of Night to life.Hovering around 1 hour and 50 minutes, 30 Days of Night chugs along at multiple speeds. The story itself does span 30 days; however, everything that takes place during the film seems like it happens in only a matter of a couple. The concept behind the story is actually quite interesting, but there are many a place where the picture gets tedious.The highlight of the film are the "vampires." They are freakishly evil looking and the violence and gore that they bring to the screen is a definite plus. The suspenseful level is another asset.There are plot holes in regards to the backgrounds of these creatures of the night, as well as the story. The protagonists, on the other hand, do have enough background to be likable. Still, there isn't much to cheer for. Josh Hartnett and Melissa George put up acceptable performances and another person worth mentioning is Ben Foster.Sure, 30 Days of Night revolves around vampires, but there are still other unbelievable situations that hamper enjoyment. Approach with caution.

- skactopus, Wednesday, September 29, 2010

2 stars

What was this film made for? Josh Harnett shouldn't be cast in this film, perhaps I missed the hype surrounding this film and yes there were good parts but really? If the creators of this movie had the correct cast for a horror movie and more information about the horrors of vampires feeding off Alaskan residents I would like it. None of these vampires were scary, they looked tough as nails but I was bored all the way through. It was so friggin cliche.

- rezpatriot, Saturday, September 11, 2010

4 stars

After the very bad I Am Legend (I am a big fan of the novel) I needed something that delivered on the vampire goods. In 30 Days Of Night, I found that and much more. A terrific film from start to finish, 30 Days Of Night is one of the best vampire films since the first From Dusk Till Dawn. Lacking an awesome story (the plot is somewhat simple), Night is still a fine film that delivers on everything that makes a great vampire film. This isn't those crappy Blade films half man half vampire, no. These vampires are the real deal. A film that blends elements of old school vampire styles with a modern twist, this film redefines the vampire film. Very bloody, and gory; there is no shortage of vampire violence to be found within. The cast does a very good job and deliver credible and believable performances. The film is a non stop horror ride, and the feel of helplessness is apparent as the survivors are sieged in a small town in the middle of nowhere in Alaska with no one to come to their aid. This is a very original vampire film, but won't be remembered as one of the greats. The genius that was found here was surpassed by the Swedish vampire film, Let The Right One in, which along with this one brings credibility to the vampire film. After those atrocious Twilight films which are a travesty on vampire films, it's good to know that there are some vampire films out there that really are great, and in the case of 30 Days Of Night, it certainly does.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, August 1, 2010