30 Days of Night bites. That's a good thing for a vampire movie. I like my horror DVD to cut to the chase and seven minutes into this movie you have a pretty good idea of who the bad guy and the good guy are, and blood. Eventually, there will be more bad guys, more blood, and fewer good guys. This is fun stuff even if it is a bit long in ... the tooth at 113 minutes.
Vampires only party at night so imagine how much fun they can have in Barrow, Alaska where the sun doesn't come up for 30 days in a row. Based on a graphic novel aka a comic book, this is your standard good guys versus the forces of evil movie and very much in the tradition of Night of the Living Dead zombie movies and vampire lore such as Stephen King's Salem's Lot.
Although I immediately groaned when I saw the story line of the sheriff (Josh Hartnett) and his ex (Melissa George) developing, I was quite surprised and pleased to see that these vampires were pretty damn smart ones so I knew the fight between Hartnett, George, and the bad guys would definitely be interesting. It is.
30 Days of Nights is not particularly gory. Aside from a few bits here and there and gallons of blood on the ground there are very only a couple of really graphic scenes. The special effects are not bad but not brilliant. Director David Slade speeds up the picture or cleverly cuts his scenes to cover up the rather low budget sfx so you do not notice many flaws.
This horror movie is big on the surprise jolt effect and it is very good at getting the viewer for a while. The weirdest thing about this movie is the vampires speak some form of Klingon. This is a far cry from the usual Bela Lugosi Transylvanian accent or the more modern BBC English speaking walking dead.
30 Days Of Nights is a very good scary movie. It is well-made, intelligent, and visually interesting. It is a bit long but so would thirty days trying to stay away from vampires.