Friday, 30 October 2009

30 Days Of Night

I've been more than a little lax in my horror viewing this Halloween because my workload hasn't allowed much time for movie watching. Still, in the spirit of all things spooky and gruesome, I cracked the plastic off my DVD if 30 Days Of Night last night and finally gave it a watch. I'd missed the film theatrically, much to my disappointment because I was a massive fan of director David Slade's debut feature Hard Candy and I love my vampires. The film, based on the comic series by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, has a great concept — an Alaskan town is besieged by vampires during a month of permanent darkness — and some creepy bloodsuckers. But the script, credited to Niles, Stuart (Collateral) Beattie and Hard Candy's Brian Nelson, doesn't amount to much and the end result, despite a game cast and some effective direction, is a tad toothless.


Gerard said...

You know, performances and production values aside, I really didn't go for Hard Candy one bit. And thought 30 Days of Night was dead stupid. Which is a shame, as I'm a fan of the comic.

Mark Salisbury said...

Not a Hard Candy fan, eh? You surprise me.

Brilliant performances. Compelling script. It left me breathless, shaking and in shock.

And all for a million dollars.

Gerard said...

Great performances, certainly, but I just didn't believe a moment of it.

Mark Salisbury said...

Oh well. We can't all like the same thing. The world would be a boring place if that was so.