Eternity of Terror 2018

This book includes 200 dark movies you’ll want to revisit time and again. These are the most rewatchable dark films reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison.

Sorted in order of preference and reviewed, each film description contains a synopsis, a list of genres it belongs to, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

30 Days of Night

An Alaskan town plunged into darkness for a month is attacked by vampires.

 

United States
New Zealand
2007
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Vampire Film
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Storm
5.04
Dark and cold
6
4
7.04
7.04
1
3
3
Performances
Plot
Ambiance
We don’t get many horror movies taking place in Alaska, or anywhere cold and icy, really, so this element alone is refreshing but badly exploited. We need the illusion of cold more than cold itself. The gimmick of this film, as suggested by the title, is that the protagonists are stuck in the dark and in the snow for 30 days. The bad news is that a clan of feral vampires are after them.
This breed of vampires is comparable to running zombies. They attack in large groups, so they get very little individual exposition. Josh Hartnett is the only big name, here. Melissa George basically gives him his cues. We never get to know them or care for them. The whole winter setup appears to be so hard on the cast that it breaks the fourth wall. Nobody on set loved this film.
If you think the protagonists are generic, wait until you meet the vampires. Bloodsucker aficionados might enjoy what the writers are trying to achieve, but between the comic book series this is based on and the final product, something gets lost. When it comes to its bad guys, 30 Days of Night picks quantity over quality. When it comes to gore, though, it’s nothing but the best.
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