Friday, 10 April 2015

FILMS FROM COMICS - 30 Days of Night

The Obscure Comic Book Film Source Project.

A multi-blog look at lists of "Movies You Didn't Know Were Based On Comics" to see how true they really are.

30 Days of Night (2007) is a film about vampires attack the northern most town in the US, based on the comic of the same name.

Starting just before the last sunset for a month, the film uses eerie music, panoramic shots and a slow build-up to establish the remoteness of the setting.

Unfortunately at some point in the process someone decided that the film needed the split-couple-drawn-back-together-by-crisis cliche.  It does allow them to play with the idea that someone getting stuck in the town during the 30 days of night, but it's an idea that goes no where and is quick overtaken by the plot.

The vampires are enigmatic which works well for them, but there's a causal ordinariness about the head vampire that undercuts that.
At almost two hours the film does begin to wear out its welcome but certainly worth a viewing doing what it needs to do - tell a sorry of humans trying to survive an attack by vampires.

~ DUG.

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