• Publication date: April 1, 2011

Submerged in Darkness & Drenched in Blood 30 Days of Night: Death is in the Air

In Barrow, Alaska sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett), like many other residents of the artic town, readies himself for its annual 30 days of darkness where, as its name suggests, there is no sunlight for an entire month. Before the perpetual month even commences a series of strange events begin happening: the sheriff finds dozens of incinerated cell phones along a nearby roadway, numerous individuals report that their sled dogs have been butchered, and the town's primary telecommunications center has been sabotaged.

In Barrow, Alaska sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett), like many other residents of the artic town, readies himself for its annual 30 days of darkness where, as its name suggests, there is no sunlight for an entire month. Before the perpetual month even commences a series of strange events begin happening: the sheriff finds dozens of incinerated cell phones along a nearby roadway, numerous individuals report that their sled dogs have been butchered, and the town's primary telecommunications center has been sabotaged.

Though even before the crimes above occurred, Eben was disturbed by the arrival of a nameless man who entered the town by boat (herein referred to only as 'The Stranger'). The Stranger (Ben Foster) had not done anything wrong per-se, yet the sheriff wondered why he would travel to Barrow during its least desirable season. Preliminary investigation eventually implicates the unknown man in the crimes above, reinforcing the accuracy of Oleson's intuition. But why would a random vagrant be so obsessed with isolating Barrow from the outside world?

When the town's power station is crippled, with its operator's severed head on display inside, it becomes clear that the jailed stranger was not acting alone. After their discovery Eben, alongside his ex-wife Stella (Melissa George), frantically alert each household to lock all doors and keep a shotgun within reach. Sadly, their warning reaches most of the town's inhabitants too late.

It turns out that the carnage and destruction is not the doings of a group of psychotic killers, however: Barrow's sunless month has attracted a flock of vampires, who can disregard their deadly reaction to daylight for the next 30 days. As the remaining townspeople take refuge in a small, hidden attic, they must protect themselves from these immortal bloodsucking creatures. Can they survive a month of pure terror?

With a sizeable $30 million production budget, 30 Days of Night performed well at box offices, earning $75 million across the globe. It was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards and the film's success warranted the release of a straight to DVD sequel, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days.

Year: 2007

Duration: 113 minutes

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Starring:

Josh Hartnett

Danny Huston

Ben Foster

Melissa George

Manu Bennett

Director: David Slade

Rating: Rated R for graphic violence and explicit language.