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30 DAYS OF NIGHT has been seen... and the only gripe is...

Hey folks, Harry here... this is the horror film of the year that I'm waiting on. I love Niles' comic, but even more - I love the premise. The comic delivers it really well, but cinematically... psychologically... film can deliver on the concept so much more intensely than the comic could convey... though the illustrations in that book gave you the sense of dread one would hope for. As for our scooper's gripe... That the tension is as taut as John Carpenter's THE THING without a release of humor... that's EXACTLY what I hoped David Slade would do. HARD CANDY was claustrophobic, horrific and unrelenting... and that had to do with a teenage girl and a grown man... not 30 Days of bloodsucking vampiric gorging upon an isolated town in the middle a cold nowhere. Here ya go... sounds like Slade is getting it done right!

I attended a screening of "30 Days of Night" in Torrance, CA. We were given the normal spiel about coloring, temp music and missing special effects and specifically day shots that have not been changed to night shots since almost the entire movie is in the dead of night or nights, in this case. Yes, I did read the graphic novel that this movie is based on, but the book didn't resonate with me. I only thought that it was clever to have a new setting to an old standard survival horror piece. The ending was cool but I don't remember loving the graphic novel, at all. I read it and forgot about it. Now to the movie. A dying breed of vampires are lead to Barrow, Alaska (population 156?) to feed upon the townies during the annual 30 days of night. Josh Hartnett is the lead. I think Josh is a good actor that is getting better and better with each movie. In this move, he really excels. It was the first time that I didn't think of him as a man-boy, who is technically old enough to play his roles but just seemed a bit inexperienced. In this movie, he is a sheriff, but more importantly a man, with a little bit of baggage. His anti-love interest is Melissa George. She just missed the last opportunity to leave Barrow, Alaska before the dreaded 30 days of night encompasses the sleepy town. Yes, she is Hartnett's baggage. Other notable actors are Mark Boone Jr. playing the town outcast with a penchant for violence, Danny Huston (channeling Vincent D'onofrio, back when he was playing weird and unfriendly) playing the lead vampire, Marlowe, and Ben Foster playing the Stranger that leads the vampires to this gold mine. The movie plays like a modern-day, survival zombie horror flick. A mish-mash of survivors use their wits to try to wait out the vampire onslaught. They watch in horror as friends, family members and neighbors are fed upon by the powerful vampire (clan?). As the survivors are culled, Josh Hartnett becomes more and more desperate for a solution. Does he and Melissa George survive? I'm not got to say. I can tell you that the movie is great, bordering on excellent. The movie is suspenseful, fairly dramatic, horrific and very, very gory. (If producers are reading this, please, please keep the scene with the little girl vampire---I know it's cliche in this day and age to have creepy little children, but this was the point in the movie that this movie was NOT fucking around. People are going to die and these survivors need to make frightening decisions!). The vampires literally chatter, screech and don't speak, though Marlowe talks vampire every once in awhile. Because of the constant chattering and screeching, I couldn't help but relate it to the constant moaning and screaming of modern-day zombies. It's not too annoying, though and stays in context with the movie. The only gripe is there is no ounce of levity or humor in this movie. Think John Carpenter's The Thing. It escalates and escalates and escalates. No pithy one-liners but at the same time, no release of tension. I could hear various audience members whispering funny things to relieve the tension. A good and thorough story that fans of thrillers may like but definitely a movie where gore-hounds may relish, especially the vampire-little girl scene. If you use this please cite me as 40 Oz. to Freedom.
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  • June 22, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST

    30 Days of Night and...

    by Blood Simple

    Indy looks fantastic!

  • June 22, 2007, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by Blood Simple

    I didn't say "first" like some lame asswipe.

  • June 22, 2007, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by lost.rules


  • June 22, 2007, 2:17 a.m. CST


    by lost.rules

    Third. It's just not the same.

  • June 22, 2007, 2:19 a.m. CST

    This movie looks awesome!

    by lost.rules

    Hard Candy kicked sweet,sweet ass!

  • June 22, 2007, 2:33 a.m. CST

    if the only gripe is there's no humor

    by hktelemacher

    then sign me up today. Hard Candy was pretty intense - to see Slade apply that same kind of sensibility to straight-up horror without one liners or self-aware, self-conscious genre joke bullshit is going to be something else. I'm excited.

  • June 22, 2007, 2:36 a.m. CST


    by zaggnutt


  • June 22, 2007, 2:36 a.m. CST

    "I think Josh is a good actor who is getting better.."

    by IndustryKiller!

    And with that line all credibility is lost. Doubly so if they saw the unwatchable Black Dahlia.

  • June 22, 2007, 2:39 a.m. CST

    I'm so glad that this turned out great, but then again

    by bongo123

    with the story & premise of a great graphic novel and the director of the fantastic hard candy how in the world could you possibly fuck it up... man hard candy was such a great movie, only seen it because i heard this guy was doin 30days

  • June 22, 2007, 2:41 a.m. CST

    I'm pretty burned out on vampires

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Underworld, Nightwatch, Ultraviolet, that awful third Blade film, Van Helsing, plus that new Lucy Liu film - it's become the place to be for stylish but ropey action/horror hybrids.<p>Still, this sounds like it could be different. I think it's the reference to The Thing that does it for me. What a great film that is. If only this one didn't have Josh Hartnett in it.

  • June 22, 2007, 2:43 a.m. CST


    by Colonel Activity

    is a charisma vaccuum. He has negative charm.

  • June 22, 2007, 2:51 a.m. CST

    I hope this guy wasn't in the focus group.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Because studios are just WAITING to hear one bozo complain that a movie needs humour to justify forcing lame jokes into it. I'm thrilled to hear that it plays it straight.

  • June 22, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Sounds good

    by MaxG

    The review describes it as just the kind of horror movie I was hoping it would be. I'll definitely check it out.

  • June 22, 2007, 2:56 a.m. CST

    I want to know more about th cinematography, though...

    by BadMrWonka

    I couldn't care less about vampires, or horror movies in general usually (I like a few that are done really well, but mostly, bleh) but the LOOK of this from the previews just really impressed me.

  • June 22, 2007, 2:56 a.m. CST

    They screened this a few weeks ago.

    by Psyclops

    I enjoyed it but I felt that the movie lacked any real sense of time. The main characters are supposed to be surviving the month but if it wasn't for a line of dialogue mentioning how many days until sunrise you would think the events are unfolding over just a handful of days, maybe a week. The vampires had no real history, they just show up with no explanation, and according to those that have read the graphic novel there was at least some conflict within the clan in the books that is nowhere to be found in the movie. It is incredibly violent and there were some kills that had the audience cheering. The film's got an atmosphere that is heavy on dread and there were some very intense moments, it's definitely scary.

  • June 22, 2007, 3:06 a.m. CST

    "I could hear audience members whispering funny things"

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Hmm, I don't know. When this guy says "I could hear various audience members whispering funny things to relieve the tension" that's really a personal judgement call. I mean it's not as if you're actually in the heads of those people and reading their minds. YOU think their chatter might be to relieve the tension that YOU felt the movie was currently generating, but maybe they were whispering funny, snarky comments to each other simply because they just weren't into the movie and DID think it was bad. But as more reviews pop up for this thing, then we'll get a clearer picture. So it's still in a "wait and see" holding pattern for sure.<p>And I have to agree with others that Hartnett has the personaliy of a wet sponge, so I HOPE he's put some effort into this thing. He was terrible in BLACK DAHLIA -- though that's no real criticism since EVERYONE was terrible in that thing. Talk about a total shitfest. Then again I've never been a real fan of his and I still can't even believe Warner Bros. wanted him really bad for SUPERMAN RETURNS. I mean seriously, regardless of what you thought of the final film and what Singer did, thank Heaven Brandon Routh showed up and got the role instead.<p>30 DAYS is like THE SIXTH SENSE to me. It's a flick with a fun story twist, I'll give it that, though unlike SIXTH you know the hook going in. So hopefully there's more to the final film than meets the eyes. Then again I also agree with what was said above. Vampire flicks have sort of gotten very stale and tired at this point. Hell, till someone just mentioned it, I totally forgot about the recent Lucy Liu thing. Man, talk about a movie that disappeared right after opening weekend! Given its piss poor performance, when are they ramming that thing out onto DVD -- like next week?!

  • June 22, 2007, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Only problem is that its comparable to The Thing

    by GilesT

    Yeah, that's like saying you're a workaholic when an interviewer asks you what you think your weaknesses are.

  • June 22, 2007, 3:30 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    he said UNLIKE the thing, it had no little jokes to release tension...

  • June 22, 2007, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Audrey II is that you?

    by Det. John Kimble

    Blood-Eating Plant?

  • June 22, 2007, 4 a.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with my 7000 MySpace friends

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    hey, wait! I aint got no friends. :-(

  • June 22, 2007, 4:07 a.m. CST


    by PoweredUpPacman

    He DID say LIKE the Thing. Or more literally "Think John Carpenter's The Thing". Although I thought The Thing had one or two jokes in there. Albeit bleak as virgin snow, but jokes nonetheless. But I don't mind unrelenting. Unrelenting is good once in a while.

  • June 22, 2007, 4:10 a.m. CST

    My 7000 Myspace friends...

    by PoweredUpPacman

    ...can kick your 7000 Myspace friends' asses. This movie will even kick my 7000 Myspace friends' asses though. Wich is a good thing.

  • June 22, 2007, 4:25 a.m. CST

    right, but...

    by BadMrWonka

    he didn't imply the flaw was that it was like the Thing, he said the flaw was that it didn't have that particular aspect that The Thing had...which is what the guy above was referencing...

  • June 22, 2007, 4:44 a.m. CST

    plant speak

    by MC-909

    "Yes, I did read the graphic novel that this movie is based on, but the book didn't resonate with me" = our movie doesn't follow the book <p> "It escalates and escalates and escalates. No pithy one-liners but at the same time, no release of tension" = the only bad thing about our movie is that it's too scary (really? that's the ONLY bad thing?) <p> "I could hear various audience members whispering funny things to relieve the tension." = the audience made fun of our movie

  • June 22, 2007, 4:49 a.m. CST

    "A new setting to an old survival horror piece"

    by DerLanghaarige

    You mean "new" as in "Tales From The Crypt did it in 1994 in the episode called 'Comes the Dawn' with Michael Ironside, Bruce Payne and Vivian Wu?

  • June 22, 2007, 4:50 a.m. CST

    more plant speak

    by MC-909

    "I think Josh is a good actor" = I am high

  • June 22, 2007, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to this one

    by barnaby jones

    never heard of the comic though.

  • June 22, 2007, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Sounds like they got it right...

    by spud mcspud

    ...Rob zombie, watch this movie and take notes.<P> Loved the graphic novel, passionately love THE THING, and if this is ANYTHING like THE THING, I'm already there, people.

  • June 22, 2007, 5:38 a.m. CST

    No release of tension?

    by stones_throw

    That's a positive, surely?

  • June 22, 2007, 5:43 a.m. CST

    just wait...

    by MC-909

    The only thing this movie will have in common with "The Thing" is snow.

  • June 22, 2007, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Nice to see...

    by Tourist

    That it's shaping up nicely. Even if this reviewer reads like a dolt. Harnett is an appalling actor. That's not just fanboy jealousy either. He's not just a poor actor, but he's a dead presence on screen. Melissa George is kinda sucky too. The comic book is a pile of shit, but Slade did okay with Hard Candy, and the premise can be turned into a watchable B grade horror flick. It'll be fun to see on the big screen.

  • June 22, 2007, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Plants need food and logic to survive!

    by Paulseta

    "Yes, I did read the graphic novel that this movie is based on, but the book didn't resonate with me" Oh, dear oh dear. Normal people do not refer to comics as "books" - only the sadsack comicbookguy folks do that. Plant is trying way too hard. Better luck next time!

  • June 22, 2007, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Sounds good!

    by Lord_Soth

    Hate those kiddie teen horrors.

  • June 22, 2007, 5:56 a.m. CST

    The comic sucks

    by CuervoJones

    ass, not blood.

  • June 22, 2007, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Assault on Precinct 666

    by MC-909

    says it all

  • June 22, 2007, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Now Here's a Good Example of a Review

    by JaySmack

    I've been wondering if this film would be any good, and if nothing else, it sounds like it's not a total waste of ten bucks. Wonder if we'll ever see a Transformers review as in-depth and detailed as this. Oh wait, you can't in depth a flick that has no depth to begin with.

  • June 22, 2007, 6:36 a.m. CST


    by Lolthien

    Thank you for that translation.. I was hoping I wasn't the only one who was thinking those exact same things.

  • June 22, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    No humor in The Thing?

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    "I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!"

  • June 22, 2007, 6:51 a.m. CST


    by GrandMuffTarkin

    "You gotta be fucking kidding me..."

  • June 22, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Did he just say, "Vampires screeched"?

    by Kamala

    Could this be code to let us know that DUSTIN DIAMOND is in the film? If so, this film could be a blockbuster. With this movie, and his role in the Exorcist 're-imaging', Dustin could have the same kind of break-out year like Tom Hanks had in 1990, when the classics "Joe Versus the Volcano" and "Bonfire of the Vanities" came out. Man, what a one-two punch that was.

  • June 22, 2007, 7:07 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    no one seems to be getting this, THE REVIEW ACKNOWLEDGES THE HUMOR IN THE THING...his gripe is that there is nothing of the sort in 30 Days of Night...he also says that despite that, there is a lot of similarity between the movies.<p>done.

  • June 22, 2007, 7:11 a.m. CST

    If the audience needs a "release of tension" . . .

    by TheManWithTooManyNames

    maybe they can gather round and form a circle jerk. <p> Anyway, Even though we need another film about vampires as much as need a film by Joel Schumacher, I do have hopes for this film, as friends of mine have been raving on about the comic.

  • June 22, 2007, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Niles blows...

    by Mosquito March

    This guy is a total hack. Everything he writes is wholly derivative, and doesn't conform to even the most basic standards of storytelling. And, 30 DAYS is the worst of it. There are so many gaps and contrivances and dead-end subplots and one-dimensional characters that it's no wonder Niles turned to comics after failing as a screenwriter. Were it not for the primary 'story' concept - which has already been done before - and the fact that every comic seems to be in some stage of movie development, nobody would want to make this goddamned thing.

  • June 22, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Sounds like they go t it right

    by SpikeTBB

    I HATE stupid one liners and, for that matter, "hero statements" as I call them. They break the pace and the world that has beens et up and might as well be the actor winking at the lens and making a stupid face. "Get away from her you bitch" in Aliens and "I am not your mother" in Ring Two. Those spring to mind as taking you out of it and stretching the sense of disbelief to the breaking point examples.<p> We WANT suspense and tension and deadly seriousness in some horror movies, don't we? In the classic Halloween, the closest they got was when Loomis scared the kids away from the Myers house and even that was low key and had some suspense. The drunken sing along in Jaws and the moments of humor in John Carpenter's The Thing served more to humanize the characters and make it worse when they bought it. Now it seems they are going for one liners and quotes and goofy moments.<p> Sorry to go off like this but there has been a serious degradation in horror movies for a long time now. We get torture porn and action movies that just happen to have inter changeable version of CGI monsters in them, and then there is Blade 3.<p> I hope this does well because Hollywood tends to follow trends and one success leads to lots of people jumping on the band wagon and doing the same thing over again.

  • June 22, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Okay so I haven't read 30 Days of Night...

    by venkman781

    ...but isn't the lead vampire's name Vincente? The reviewer says their using Marlowe as the name. That's just a little too close to Barlow. As in Kurt Barlow, the lead vampire in Stephen King's Salem's Lot. Funny, similar story about a small town in the middle of nowhere being overrun by vampires.

  • June 22, 2007, 7:54 a.m. CST

    I'm not getting my hopes up.

    by Nice Marmot

    It's going to take a whole lot more than snow & cold for me to shelve this with The Thing. Also, that trailer didn't do it for me like it did so many others. And I laugh to think I can easily wrap my brain around this whole vampire premise but as soon as I need to picture Hartnett as the Sheriff I just can't buy it.

  • June 22, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I posted and THEN read MC-909's snow comment.

    by Nice Marmot

    Woops . . .

  • June 22, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST

    who are these people

    by MC-909

    I love how, after I made the plant translation of how the film doesn't follow the book, people started showing up talking shit about the comic. Hoping we'll think, "well if the comic is bad, and the movie doesn't follow the comic, then the movie must be good." Trying to use my own words against me. Fuckers. <p> Not to mention SpikeTBB's pseudo "rant" on the state of horror...please...when will you people realize that we can spot a plant from a mile away? It's kinda like how we can spot a piece of shit movie from a mile away. These fake reviews are more detrimental than anything. And the fake talkbackers that follow only compound the fact that once again, someone's trying to pre-sell us on a one-step-above-DTV horror/action craptacular extravaganza.

  • June 22, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    awwww shit a horror movie without jokes?!?!

    by redfist

    That's like a milkshake with without a sucking going on here. WTF? I hate that fact that in action and horror movies they have to have a giggle every 10 minutes to lighten the mood...for fuck sakes it a HORROR MOVIE!!! Scare the shit out of me and never let up.

  • June 22, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by redfist

    Die man-boy die

  • June 22, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    "Only grip is no humor"??? THANK CROM!!!

    by Behemoth

    I am now sold on this one, although the premise alone sold me awhile ago. This sounds incredibly promising, and I'm so glad it's not being diluted with silly, misplaced humor and idiotic one-liners. Leave that to the Die Hards and the FF4 spewage that already permeates the theatres. Adults sometimes need a full-on, serious vampire movie, and hopefully this one will deliver.

  • June 22, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    you write pretty well, mr. Hartnett

    by pipergates

    sounds pretty spectacular for a horror movie. no reprieve. no bullshit.

  • June 22, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Josh Hartnett

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    To date, the only film I've liked him in is The Virgin Suicides, but he was cast as a 'dreamy' teenage himbo in that one, so it can't have been too hard to pull off. Everything else he does is hard to watch, like seeing a kid playing dress up or something. Maybe should bulk up or grow a beard, which seems to be working for Leonardo Dicaprio.

  • June 22, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    A bit of humour in a horror movie actually can make

    by Yeti

    the truly scary parts scarier as it prevents you from getting "used" to them.

  • June 22, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    true, humour in a horror movie can make it

    by Kamala

    Like Jaws. "I think we need a bigger boat". Classic. I hope the remake keeps that humor. With Will Smith as hip-hop version of Chief Brody, I am sure there will be some laughs and chils.

  • June 22, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    So, because it's night...

    by Kid Z

    ... Buses, cars and planes stop running so no one can just leave town to avoid getting vampire-bit? ... wha..? Does everything run on solar power in this town?

  • June 22, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Is the whole movie tinted blue?

    by kevred

    Loved the trailer and it looks like an excellent, suspense-based fright film--brooding and full of menace. I do think the dark, cold color palette is effective here--sure makes things like the occasional flame stand out.<p>But it does make me think of how overused that blue-tinted look is in TV and film these days. I've lost track of exactly what color everyone is on CSI, for example. It's just my opinion, but I think some of what gave earlier scary films their atmosphere was their less artificial-feeling coloration. There's something about the current way of coloring film that leaves me a bit cold.<p>Compare, say, the earlier Die Hard flicks with the blue-tinted footage we've seen from DH4 (one of many problems, but that's another talkback...).

  • June 22, 2007, 10:11 a.m. CST

    This suffers from "Pitch Black" syndrome.

    by Christopher3

    What do the vampires do the other 335 days of the year?

  • June 22, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    nobody mentioned

    by evilmasterfoo

    that the best thing about the comic is the art. Ben Templesmith's art is absolutely amazing! And he's going to the San Diego comic con, so I can meet him!! .. maybe I can get him to draw me a little vampire or something...

  • June 22, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    I haven't seen it..

    by SpikeTBB

    So it may still suck for all I know. I was just venting my frustrations for lack of the serious horror films of late.<p> Yeti and Kamala, I agree with you. Humor in horror films used the way you are describing DOES add to the film. That is why I mentioned Jaws as one of them that does it right. Like I said it makes the characters more human and likable and set up for more involvement when the horror kicks back in. Because it was not done over the top and did not draw all attention to itself. Brody looked started, walked backwards while other stuff was going on, entered the frame in the back ground and said his line. Quint and Cooper kept going and hardly noticed him, and when they did the action did not jump track. Suspense kept building. Suppose, instead, they had his go all "ga ah gaaah" and stumble and fall his way to Quint while Cooper stares at him. Then he grabs Quint by the shirt and gets in his face and every thing stops while a bugged eyes close up of Brody yells. "DUUUDE ..we're gonna need, like ..A WAAAY BIGGER BOAT!"<p> You know that's what would probably happen in a ill conceived remake.

  • June 22, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by kennofolds

    I haven't seen this movie but from the review it looks like every other fantasy suspense horror movie. First... The title should be "From Dusk Til Dawn 25 : 30 days of nights, the 9 billionth survivor horror film with a ticking clock plot. heres the plot sans comedy and without the actual antagonists speaking--- chicks-"oh no we are trapped and theres a bunch of the plot outside waiting to get us!" dudes-"we can make it! now what do we know about the plot" followed by them trying and failing to beat the plot finding the weakness of the plot and then a main character dying, a deus machina magically makes the plot leave/die/disappear for the ending. IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME! At least have the vampires talk and not screech shat. zombie moans and vampire screechs aren't scary. Blood and Gore ARE NOT scary or suspenseful, a believable plot and good acting ARE. Are you people really excited to see a regurgatated movie in which the plot is completely inconceivable/reusable , unless you live in timbuktoo with 100 helmet wearing backbus riders who put their faith in donnie darko to act like a sheriff and save them (the most inconceivable of all). seriously your delusional.

  • June 22, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Ah, to hell with it

    by SpikeTBB

    MC-909 and kennofold persuaded me. Netflix or cable for this one, then.

  • June 22, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to it

    by Gozu

    It looks like a well-made horror film. Reminds me a bit of "Storm of the Century."

  • June 22, 2007, 12:46 p.m. CST

    What the hell?

    by 40ozToFreedom

    this guy stole my name!

  • June 22, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST


    by weaponx31

    perhaps you stole his name how bout coming up with something more original next time

  • June 22, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Humor in The Thing?

    by mr. brownstone

    I remember people complaining when the The Thing was released that it was too humorless.

  • June 22, 2007, 1:30 p.m. CST

    By the way...

    by mr. brownstone

    I am really looking forward to this movie. It looks undeniably bad ass so far.

  • June 22, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I do think...

    by mr. brownstone

    that humor can be woven into these kinds of movies very well, if it's done in a low key naturalistic way that stems from the characters personalities and not some artificial attempt to add a few laughs to a "dark" picture. I really felt the Underworld movies would have improved with a bit of humor... they were so dry and dungeon masters guide booky.

  • June 22, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I sure hope

    by kilik777

    they keep the tone and sense of dread the graphic novel had. I thought the novel was ok but not sure if it will make a great movie. Heres to hoping they added a lot of stuff to it.

  • June 22, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST

    humor in a Josh Hartnett movie...

    by MC-909 about as likely as seeing Anderson Cooper at a titty bar.

  • June 22, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I'm not letting this one go

    by MC-909

    Soylentmean - "...this is an unrelenting assault of tension and actual Horror, then I will be quite pleased" = more plant speak. <p> Get the fuck out of here. What 22-year-old studio temp fucking wrote that?

  • June 22, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Soylentmean again...

    by MC-909

    " long as it's R." You wouldn't be trying to "fit in" by congratulating this crap movie that it's not rated PG-13 like the oft-discussed Die Hard abomination, would you? <p> Fuckin' wolf in geeks clothing. I gotta hand it to you though, you guys are really trying hard to sell this movie. Must be going great since most of the messages on this board were written by fakes. <p> This movie sucked when it was called Phantoms. I did enjoy it when it was called Dusk Til Dawn. Also when it was called Assault on Precinct 13. I thought the version called Feast was pretty good.

  • June 22, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Templesmith's art is dreadful.

    by Mosquito March

    He's like a cut-rate Sienkiewicz or Muth who knows he can't do human anatomy, and so does whatever he can to obscure what's happening, to the point where at least half of the artwork is an unintelligible mess. It's telling that, now that the world is sucking Niles's hack weenis, he's actually working with Sienkiewicz instead of fucking around with a bad copy like Templesmith.

  • June 22, 2007, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Hard Candy was pretty awesome

    by CherryValance

    and I like Hartnett as an actor. So it sounds good to me.

  • June 22, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by compn

    "This movie sucked when it was called Phantoms." oh shit... good one. i agree, no way this movie has anything to do with the thing. also no way this movie is anything but crap like the last 50 crap vampire movies. dusk til dawn sequels were so fucking bad... thanks for your comments on the plants! keep up the good work!

  • June 22, 2007, 6:58 p.m. CST

    josh hartnett

    by compn

    btw, only movie i liked him in was 'the faculty' where AICN harry IS IN THE MOVIE! hahaha , the other good teen-scifi movie is starship troopers.

  • June 22, 2007, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by RedEyeDistrict

    Yeah I'm with you about the Faculty chick. Didn't see her again until season 5 of 24 though. Also: I know! Colm Feore is a guy who you don't see enough of who can actually ACT. Instead we get fucking Josh Hartnett and Paul Walker and Shia LeDouche. Although Walker kicked ass in Running Scared.

  • June 22, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST


    by compn

    i didnt mean specifically his comments about you, but his comments about the reviewers. but your comments are too gramatically and spelling correct compared to most of the talkbackers.

  • June 22, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Looking foward to this

    by MrJJonz

    I liked the novel and thought the trailer looked pretty cool with the vamps looking rather like the comic versions. And I haven't really seen anything with Hartnett in before so more than willing to give him a chance

  • June 22, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    So my view seems to make me

    by MrJJonz

    a plant like SoylentMean.<P>Isn't marvellous that anytime you are positive on a movie on this site you are called a plant

  • June 22, 2007, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Be careful with your spelling

    by MrJJonz

    I always try to spel at least one word wrong and, punctuate incorrectly as well. Find that people ignore my point of view and I can post to my hearts content!

  • June 22, 2007, 8:21 p.m. CST

    I also find that

    by MrJJonz

    picking fault on a film that 99% of the TB populace makes you the most hated person around - even if you have valid points and don't name call. More often than not they just name call you and count that as argument won (likes its a competition).<P>Hey-ho, gripe over - wonder when this comes to the UK

  • June 22, 2007, 8:31 p.m. CST

    What sucks more

    by MrJJonz

    is when you hear rave reviews for small indie films that just don't get cinematic release in the UK. I'm a patient man for big hollywood films but waiting for good indie films to get released on DVD over here before being able to see them really sucks.<P>Hell, having to work sucks . . bring on the multi millionaire playboy lifestyle is what I say

  • June 22, 2007, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I'm not greedy

    by MrJJonz

    99 million will do me. I'm talking pounds of course. If it was dollars I'd want a few more - exchange rate dictates

  • June 22, 2007, 9:19 p.m. CST


    by Sir Loin

    Why do the male leads ALWAYS have to have "baggage"? This was lampooned in EIGHT-LEGGED FREAKS a bit, but geez...c'mon, writers. The hero doesn't always have to have some woman holding him back and making him sad and emo. Perhaps he should just be angry that the last issue of MAXIM just sold out or something.

  • June 22, 2007, 10:11 p.m. CST


    by colematthews

    "Get away from her, you bitch!" is not a good example of a "lame" one-liner ruining a good scene. It is a perfect example of a classic line reading in a classic scene. The film had been wordless for about 3-4 minutes straight, and that was a great way to re-introduce Ripley to the action, after unveiling her in that gorgeous Hero Shot in the Power Loader.

  • June 22, 2007, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Franklin T. Marmoset:

    by colematthews

    Trip Fontaine. That's the name of Josh Hartnett's character in Virgin Suicides, and I think it's right up there with some of the all-time great movie names. It tells you everything about the dude before you even meet him.

  • June 22, 2007, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by colematthews

    Woah! What did Joe Versus the Volcano ever do to you? How does that get dragged into a conversation about a crazy-ass Vampire movie? "I know he can get the job, but can he do the job? I am not arguing that with you... I am not arguing that with yoooouuu!"

  • June 22, 2007, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by colematthews

    Dude. Seriously, chill the fuck out. If there's one thing worse than plants, it's that their existence has caused every movie review posted to turn into the same tired, accusation-laden theatrics time and again. Here represented by your faux-outrage-tinged posts. Give us a fucking break, already. In your delusional world, there are entire teams of interns, all posting under different pseudonyms, hoping to really turn you around and get you to see their movie which doesn't come out for six months? Get over yourself, man.

  • June 22, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Im biased but,,

    by BlarneyStone

    Quite simply,, If you like unrelenting horror with lots of tension and action you will love it. Some of the cinematogrophy is brilliant. I love the overhead shot as the vampires run riot through the town. At the moment I would give it a seven out of 10,, this may rise once final editing etc has been done. PS,, I thought Hartnett sucked before this movie but he is more than passable in this role.

  • June 22, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by MC-909

    Not a whole teams of interns, just the one that can't handle making coffee. <p> As far as this review being a plant, well, it is. Rather obviously in fact. Whether it was a studio employee, a Hartnett family friend, or a crazed fan, it comes across as a load of shit. <p> Although, I will admit, you did get me on the faux-outrage part. I honestly don't give a fuck about this movie. I just get a little tired of reviews that read like brochures.

  • June 23, 2007, 5:46 a.m. CST

    This can't be as bad...

    by DocPazuzu the Swedish film Frostbiten which came out a year or so ago. It had a similar premise (vampires in a northern Swedish town during a month-long winter night) but tried to make it humorous as well. <p> It was fucking dreadful.

  • June 23, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by pdennett316

    Point out to me the words and/or phrases used in the review which your undoubtedly superior detective skills have led you to believe the reviewer is a plant. Short of the fact the poor fucker dared to like a film and shared that view here. I love how the paranoid twats on talkbacks always assume that studios specifically hire people to post on this site, why would you think this works? Because the site is so influential? Dont think so, Spiderman 3, Pirates 3, F4 (not FF4 you stupid fucks, thats Fantastic four 4) and Shrek 3 have all done excellent business despite the hugely negative reviews featured all over this site and on talkbacks. How can you explain this? Do people only get deceived by the positive reviews and posts, completely ignoring the huge number of negative? Maybe, just maybe the studios just dont give a fuck anymore, the once influential AICN means very little in the grand scheme of things. Maybe the sense of faux-elitism concerning this site has gotten to people like MC-909, so they cry "Plant" at every vaguely positive viewpoint, desperate to prove they still matter a shit to Hollywood. Nope, sorry, theres no studio conspiracy, just a bunch of sad fucks trying to pretend anything they say matters.

  • June 23, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Looking at the B.O. of Hostel and Grindhouse...

    by rbatty024

    (among others) if there is a plant they probably would write a negative review. Anything Ain't it Cool touches is cursed. Although I'll admit it's more fun to pretend to be elitist and like something others don't "appreciate."

  • June 23, 2007, 5:30 p.m. CST

    pdennet, soylentmean, etc

    by MC-909

    Listen, the only thing that classifies a review as a plant to me is when it comes across as a lie. OF COURSE I don't think the studios or whoever PAY someone to write these bunk-ass reviews. In other words, I don't think it's a specific "job". But, I do think someone involved with the production would try to create some sort of internet buzz, and where would they start? Right here. I've never "screamed" plant before. Never. But come on, we've all seen the trailer. Maybe it was just a bad trailer, but I doubt it. <p> Soylentmean, you have an excellent point. If only more people would realize that and not buy into the bullshit, there wouldn't be fuckers like me telling people a review is a "plant". <p> And Pdennet, I'm going over the review now. I'll tell you everything in the review that makes it suspect to me. Just give me a second...

  • June 23, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST

    my "superior" detective skills

    by MC-909

    First off, the review is too "clean". Like I said, it reads like a brochure. Here's why: <p> "We were given the normal spiel about coloring, temp music and missing special effects..." Normal spiel? How many test screenings does this guy go to? And how many "early" reviews on AICN start out with these EXACT SAME WORDS? <p> "I think Josh is a good actor" That should be all the proof you need, but I'll continue anyway... <p> "The movie plays like a modern-day, survival zombie horror flick. A mish-mash of survivors use their wits to try to wait out the vampire onslaught" That right there is 100% suit-speak. A fuckin' mish-mash of survivors? Come on. Who says shit like that? I'll tell you who: people that went to college and majored in fucking advertising, that's who. <p> "this was the point in the movie that this movie was NOT fucking around. People are going to die and these survivors need to make frightening decisions!" First off, the random and only use of a curse word is meant to signify this person is a normal Joe, you know, one of us. Second, "frightening decisions!" Exclamation point. This guy is either really excited about a movie we've all seen a hundred times or he's full of shit. You make the call. <p> "The only gripe is there is no ounce of levity or humor in this movie." The only BAD thing about the movie is that it's TOO good. Sure it is. And what self-respecting movie geek would have the balls to compare this to The Thing? <p> "A good and thorough story that fans of thrillers may like but definitely a movie where gore-hounds may relish, especially the vampire-little girl scene" Well, they covered all the bases on that one. <p> It's not so much specific things that were written it's more of the "vibe" the review gives off. After reading this site for years, I think it should be fairly are plants as well! Bwahahahahah!

  • June 23, 2007, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by MrJJonz

    not plants - just not a chump

  • June 23, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST

    nice one

    by MC-909

    "did it ever occur to you that the reviewer was once an athlete and learned only to speak and write in cliche?" Dude, despite our differences, I have to admit that's the funniest thing I've read in a while.

  • June 24, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Add some werewolves and Donny Most to make a hit.

    by Uncle Stan

    Donny Most = box office bonanza!

  • June 24, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    "You gotta be fucking kidding...."

    by Bootskin

    The one funny line from the Thing.. awesome movie

  • June 24, 2007, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Even if Die Hard 4 is a success, this will be

    by CreasyBear

    the last one. <br> Bruce is old.