30 Days of Night

Hollywood’s been “high concept”-crazy since the glorious excesses of the Eighties — but 2007’s 30 Days Of Night has arguably the best high concept ever for a mainstream horror film: for 30 days, an Alaskan town is plunged into total darkness, making it the perfect feeding ground for vampires. Even better, director David Slade’s film, based on a comic series written by Steve Niles, delivers entirely on the premise, with a magnificently bleak winter atmosphere and scary, savage (and thankfully non-sparkly) vampires. Add to this fantastic mix a solid cast of Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston and Ben Foster (in a wickedly creepy Renfield-like turn), and you have the one of the best snowbound horror films since John Carpenter’s The Thing. Naturally, we’re showing this chiller thriller in the dog days of August, so come beat the heat with us for 30 times the terror!
Dir. David Slade, 2007, 35mm, 109 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “30 Days of Night”!