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One spy calls 30 DAYS OF NIGHT "a great survival film!"

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with another look at 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, this one a little more positive than the last few I’ve posted. I have a lot of faith in the director, David Slade, and Weta Workshop’s supply of bloody gore, so I’m hoping the below review is more reflective of how I’ll feel about the flick. Enjoy!

I attended a screening of 30 Days of Night recently and I wanted to give a little word about it since I really haven't been seeing too much about one of the films I was really looking forward to – aside from those amazing posters everywhere – they have an odd reddish glow that looks really eerie late night in the subway stations.

I've dug on the graphic novel for a little while now but mostly for the art; I thought the story had a great premise but in execution felt a little hack. When I left the theater I mentioned to someone how it was like every panel was put on the screen. The thing is, it's not… not at all, and in the best way. What it DOES do (and very well) is re-create the incredible atmosphere of the novel. Templesmith's dynamic artwork gives an incredible sense of hellish natural elements with the quick predatory motions of the vampires and David Slade's direction is perfectly in sync with that world. It's got common threads with the book, but it really is amazing how different it is yet how similar it felt. I like the feel of Hard Candy a lot but here he goes all out making a wicked wicked horror survival flick. And oh my lord, those vampires. I absolutely love the design of them. Think more of human sharks than Draculas. Those dark piercing – slightly upward tilting eyes and mouths barely able to contain rows of jagged teeth. And no blood-sucking here, this is a feast – ripping and tearing at tendons. Once the movie starts they all start donning these beard-like blood stains from all their eating. And this one overhead tracking shot is the greatest. Brutal. The gore is ferocious and perfect. Not mean like Saw and Hostel, but there is plenty of it including THE best decapitation of all time. You'll know it when you see it. The only issues I had with the film are less my own and more of what I know people won't like. I'm not going to bother telling you them because I really loved the movie and they are petty enough where if I call them out you'll be looking for them. BUT I will say the ending will divide people who read the book and people who didn't. The acting is solid in the film, I've always like Hartnett ever since I saw 'Virgin Suicides' and he's great here as Ebin the town sheriff. Melissa George is just fine and looks hot in a puffy parka. But guess who steals the show here… Ben Foster does it again. His character isn't too far off from his 3:10 to Yuma role but it's just so cool to watch him do his thing. This is a great survival flick and if you liked the book, or the trailer you'll enjoy it. If you use this call me Bunking Cousin

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  • Oct. 8, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Yeah

    by duct tape wallet

    Yeah

  • Oct. 8, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Yeah

    by duct tape wallet

    Yeah

  • Oct. 8, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Yo!

    by duct tape wallet

    Yo!

  • Oct. 8, 2007, 8:42 p.m. CST

    TheMarineBiologist calls One Spy "a plant!"

    by TheMarineBiologist

    ~

  • Oct. 8, 2007, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Quit dry humpin' all those vampires

    by CloudCleaver

    and right a real review

  • Oct. 8, 2007, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Vampires look like Larry Miller.

    by Christopher3

    Fun.

  • Oct. 8, 2007, 10:30 p.m. CST

    The Lost Talkback is still going!

    by paburrows

    http://www.aintitcool.com/?q=node/32774

  • Oct. 8, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Plant!

    by Jim Halpert

    Give us a real review, complete with criticisms that aren't edited out because we-who-haven't-read-the-book won't understand them.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Alice Goon..

    by nolan bautista

    ..the vampires look like Alice Goon from the Popeye cartoons

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 2:42 a.m. CST

    I don´t know...

    by CuervoJones

    the comic is lame

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 3:20 a.m. CST

    I do love me a good vampire movie

    by D o o d

    I'm not sure if the reviewer is a plant and I don't really care as the review wasn't all that great anyway. I do like what I've seen of the clips and with all horror genres, getting the creatures to look right and unique is key. I really like some of these creepy designs. I'll watch it and see what it has to offer.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Err

    by meatygoodness

    Saw Raimi's name splashed onto the trailer. Even if I think it was as producer. Immediately ignored.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Ben foster plays a wild-eyed maniac? Talk about trying something

    by Steve Rogers

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 6:29 a.m. CST

    All this talkbacker chatter about a return to vicious, hard-core

    by CreasyBear

    And none of you seem excited? Personally, this kind of movie isn't going to have me there opening night, but considering all the AICN hatred for the lonely-soul outcast vampire ("Alone and hated for lo these many centuries! Poor me."), and the hypno-seductive romantic vampire, I'm kind of shocked that this violent killer style of vampire movie isn't being embraced.