30 DAYS OF NIGHT (2007) Reviews and overview

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‘They’re coming…’

30 Days of Night is a 2007 American supernatural horror film based on the comic book miniseries of the same name. The film was directed by David Slade (Nightmare Cinema; Hannibal TV series). Ted Adams, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert produced via their Ghost House Pictures company.

The movie stars Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, and Danny Huston.

30 Days of Night was originally pitched as a comic book, then as a film, but was rejected. Years later Steve Niles showed IDW Publishing the idea and it finally went into development as a comic book in 2002, proving to be highly successful.


In the far Northern Hemisphere, the small town of Barrow, Alaska, experiences a solid month of darkness every year. Though most of the residents head south for the winter, some townspeople remain behind.

However, those that stay regret their decision when, one year, hungry vampires descend on Barrow to feed. Sheriff Eben (Josh Hartnett), his wife (Melissa George) and a dwindling band of survivors must try to last until dawn breaks over Barrow’s monthlong twilight…


” …I guess it comes down to what’s more important to you – visuals or story. A few more drafts (or is that less?) of the script could have resulted in the year’s best horror movie by far. As it stands, it’s a fairly straight horror story elevated immensely by some truly remarkable cinematography and action. Hopefully, my somewhat disappointed opinion will be in the minority…” Horror Movie a Day

Cast and characters:

  • Josh Hartnett as Sheriff Eben Oleson
  • Melissa George as Stella Oleson
  • Danny Huston as Marlow
  • Ben Foster as The Stranger
  • Mark Boone Junior as Beau Brower
  • Mark Rendall as Jake Oleson
  • Amber Sainsbury as Denise
  • Manu Bennett as Deputy Billy Kitka
  • Megan Franich as Iris
  • Joel Tobeck as Doug Hertz
  • Elizabeth Hawthorne as Lucy Ikos
  • Nathaniel Lees as Carter Davies
  • Craig Hall as Wilson Bulosan
  • Chic Littlewood as Isaac Bulosan
  • Peter Feeney as John Riis
  • Andrew Stehlin as Arvin
  • John Rawls as Zurial
  • Jared Turner as Aaron
  • Kelson Henderson as Gabe
  • Pua Magasiva as Malekai Hamm
  • Grant Tilly as Gus
  • Rachel Maitland-Smith as Gail
  • Kate Elliott as Dawn
  • Jacob Tomuri as Seth

Filming locations:

Henderson Valley Studios in Auckland, New Zealand

Box office:

$75,505,973 worldwide on a reported budget of $30 million.


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