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30 Days of Night

Teaser poster
Directed by David Slade
Produced by Sam Raimi
Ted Adams
Rob Tapert
Written by Screenplay:
Steve Niles
Stuart Beattie
Brian Nelson
Comic Book:
Steve Niles
Ben Templesmith
Starring Josh Hartnett
Melissa George
Danny Huston
Ben Foster
Manu Bennett
Mark Boone Junior
Mark Rendall
Amber Sainsbury
Craig Hall
Nathaniel Lees
Jared Turner
Kelson Henderson
Pua Magasiva
Joel Tobeck
Music by Brian Reitzell
Cinematography Jo Willems
Editing by Art Jones
Studio Columbia Pictures
Dark Horse Entertainment
Ghost House Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) October 19, 2007
Running time 113 minutes
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Gross revenue $75,304,357
Followed by 30 Days of Night: Dark Days

30 Days of Night is a 2007 American horror film based on the comic book miniseries of the same name. The film is directed by David Slade and stars Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, and Danny Huston. The film was released in the United States on October 19, 2007. The story focuses on the Alaskan town of Barrow, beset by vampires as it enters into a thirty-day long period without sunshine. The film follows a group of people who struggle to survive until sunlight returns.

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Plot

The town of Barrow, Alaska is preparing for its annual "30 Days of Night", a period during the winter in which the sun will not be seen for a month: some inhabitants leave for Fairbanks or other parts south. As the town gets ready, the Stranger (Ben Foster) rows ashore from a large ship. Once in Barrow, he sets about sabotaging the town (stealing and burning cell phones, killing all the sled dogs) in the belief that the vampires will make him one of them if he helps them with their plans.

Barrow's sheriff, Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett) investigates these crimes. As he does so, he learns that his estranged wife, Stella Oleson (Melissa George), missed the last plane out of town and will have to spend the 30 day period in Barrow. Although they try to avoid one another, when Eben confronts the Stranger in the town diner, Stella helps subdue him and take him to the station house.

From the jail cell, the Stranger taunts Eben, Stella, Eben's teenage brother, Jake (Mark Rendall) and grandmother, telling them that death is coming for them. Just then, vampires attack the local telecommunications center and power supply, rendering the town dark and cut off from the outside world. Eben goes to the telecommunications center and finds a trail of blood leading to a pole on which the operator's head has been impaled. He and Stella then go through town, warning all the residents to lock themselves indoors and load all weapons.

Meanwhile, the vampires, led by Marlowe (Danny Huston), attack the town. The vampires speak in an ancient, guttural language, clarified by subtitles. Unless they are shot in the head, bullets are useless against them. They slaughter most of the town, including Eben's grandmother, while the remaining survivors congregate in the diner. The vampires attack Eben and Stella but Beau Brower (Mark Boone Junior), the local snowplow driver, rescues them. Everyone decides to go to the boarded up house of someone who had left town earlier that day. The house has a hidden attic where they are able to hide. Marlowe finds the Stranger in the jail and assures him that they will take care of him. Then, rather than turning him into a vampire as the Stranger wished, Marlowe kills him. Marlowe orders the vampires not to transform anyone into a vampire; they will slaughter the town and then disappear in order to preserve modern humanity's belief that vampires are "only bad dreams" and nothing more.

Over the next week, Eben, Stella, Jake and seven others stick it out in the attic. During this time, survivor Kirsten Toomey (Camille Keenan) walks by crying for help, being used as bait by the vampires. Eben ventures out to help her, finding John Riis in the crawlspace under a building. As the girl, having been unsuccessful in luring any survivors to her, is attacked and killed by the vampires, Eben attempts to help John. However, he discovers that John had become a vampire, and ends up killing him. It is because of this that he learns that beheading the vampires will kill them. He wanders back to the house, suffering a serious asthma attack, and passes out, just after telling Stella and Beau the information he has learned. Shortly after, Wilson and his senile father, Isaac, are lost when they leave the house in which they had been hiding.

When a blizzard hits, Eben and the others use the whiteout conditions to make it to the general store. There, a young girl vampire attacks and wounds one of them. The whiteout conditions end, preventing them from making it back to the abandoned house under cover. Eben decides everyone should go to the police station. He provides a diversion by running to his grandmother's house to retrieve an ultraviolet lighting system. Eben makes it to the house, jump starts the generator, and turns the light on the vampires who have followed him. It hideously burns a female vampire named Iris, forcing Marlowe to kill her. Eben escapes the house followed by the vampires. Beau comes to the rescue, killing many of the vampires with his backhoe. He crashes into a hotel and then ignites a box of dynamite using road flares, trying to kill himself. His ploy is unsuccessful though as Beau lives through the blast and Marlow crushes his skull, but it gives Eben the time to make it to the police station. There, the wounded member, Carter Davies (Nathaniel Lees) turns into a vampire. He tells the group of the previous death of his wife and children by a drunk driver. He longs to be with them and is horrified of the prospect of living forever, never to see them in the afterlife. With some shred of his humanity left, he asks Eben to end it. Eben complies, and beheads him.

Two more weeks pass. Stella and Eben find his deputy, Billy Kitka (Manu Bennett), signaling them with a flashlight from across the street. Eben and Stella make it to Billy's house. When the vampires had attacked, Billy killed his wife and daughters but his gun jammed when he tried to commit suicide. Stella and Eben take him back to the station house. There they learn that the others have made it to the utilidor, a power station that controls the oil pipeline which is only structure that still has power. Eben, Stella, and Billy begin to sneak towards the utilidor. Soon the members spot a figure moving towards them. They soon realize it is a young human girl. Stella stops to rescue the young girl, Gail Robbins, who is being stalked by the vampire Zurial (John Rawls). Eben and Billy try to distract him while Stella gets the girl to safety. Instead, Billy and Eben are separated. They both eventually make it to the utilidor, but another vampire follows Billy inside.

Eben is happy to see the rest of the survivors have made it alive. The vampire attacks Billy, ripping into his neck and dazing him. When the vampire turns to attack Eben, Billy gets up and knocks it into the gears of the utilidor's pump, shredding the creature. Billy's arm gets caught in the gears as well and his entire forearm is completely gone. Billy screams in pain as Eben tries to calm him down. Eben then realizes that Billy's screams become vampiric shrieks. Eben is then forced to kill Billy with an axe, beheading him.

The sun is due to rise in a few hours. The vampires decide to burn the town to cover their tracks to preserve the thought that they do not exist. Stella radios to Eben that she and the young girl are hiding under an abandoned truck across the street from the utilidor, the flames rapidly approaching them. Realizing he cannot beat the vampires as a human, Eben injects himself with Billy's infected blood so he can fight them as a vampire. He and Marlow fight a vicious battle. As the battle comes to a close, Marlow charges Eben as Eben throws a punch. The punch, empowered by Eben's vampiric super-strength, runs through Marlow's mouth and out the back of his head, killing him. Leaderless, with the sun about to rise, the other vampires disappear.

Eben and Stella watch the sunrise together. While Stella rests on Eben's shoulder, they share one last kiss. Stella holds Eben tightly in her arms as the light of sun brightens. His body begins to burn and he lets out a bloodcurdling scream. Seconds later he dies, his body turned to ash. The end of the film is marked as Stella stares into the distance, cradling Eben's ashen corpse.

Production

Following the publication of the 30 Days of Night comic book miniseries in 2002, studios, including DreamWorks, MGM and Senator International, bid in the $1 million range for rights to a potential vampire film based on the story. Director and producer Sam Raimi expressed interest in adapting the miniseries and was negotiating a production deal with his producing partner Robert Tapert to establish a label with Senator Entertainment, of which Senator International is the sales division.[1] In July 2002, Senator International acquired the rights for 30 Days of Night in a seven figure deal with Raimi and Tapert attached as producers. 30 Days of Night author Steve Niles originally conceived of the story in the form of a film but after meeting a lack of interest in initial pitches to studios, Niles was able to produce it as a comic with Ben Templesmith deciding to collaborate on the project and provide artwork. When Niles and his agent, Jon Levin, shopped the comic around as a potential film adaptation, Niles found that the idea "went shockingly well," with Sam Raimi and Senator International picking up the property rights based on the original concept and Templesmith's unique mood and concepts for the vampires.[2] According to Raimi, the potential project was "unlike the horror films of recent years".[3]

By October 2002, Niles was working on adapting 30 Days of Night for the big screen, keeping the film true to the miniseries, though fleshing out the characters more significantly in the adaptation process.[4] In February 2003, Columbia Pictures partnered with Senator International to work on 30 Days of Night, which was developing under Senator internationals newly-established production company, Ghost House Pictures. Mike Richardson, the Dark Horse Comics publisher who supported the adaptation project from the beginning, after having turned down an offer to initially publish the project, was attached as executive producer.[5] The following March, Richardson revealed that Steve Niles had turned in the initial draft for the 30 Days of Night screenplay.[6] In March 2004, however, Columbia Pictures requested that Niles's initial screenplay to be rewritten in preparation for production.[7] Sue Binder, the business manager of Ghost House Pictures, indicated that filming for 30 Days of Night was still at least a year away, as Ghost House planned to produce three films before the vampire thriller.[7] The following May, Stuart Beattie, one of the writers for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, was rewriting Niles's 30 Days of Night draft for production.[8] Niles was pleased with Beattie's faithfully rewritten script, which was submitted to the studio in October 2004.[9]

In September 2005, it was announced that director David Slade had signed on to 30 Days of Night, which would be distributed by Columbia Pictures mainly in North America and Mandate Pictures in international territories.[10] In March 2006, Slade revealed that screenwriter Brian Nelson, who wrote the screenplay for Slade's previous film Hard Candy, was writing a new draft of the 30 Days of Night script, replacing Beattie's draft.[11] The director said that filming would begin in summer 2006 in Alaska and New Zealand.[11]

In June 2006, it was announced that Josh Hartnett was cast as the husband of the married couple that serves as the town's sheriff team.[12] Melissa George joined the 30 Days of Night cast as the wife of Hartnett's character.[13] Danny Huston joined the cast as the leader of the vampires.[14] Filming did not begin immediately, but in a September 2006 interview, executive producer Mike Richardson said that 30 Days of Night would be shot on 35 mm film, though there had been discussion to shoot the film on Genesis.[15] In an interview prior to filming, Slade explained that the illustrations of the graphic novel's illustrator, Ben Templesmith, would be reflected in production design. Slade also considered Nelson's draft to be the most faithful to the graphic novel. He also stated his intention to make a "scary vampire film", of which he didn't think there were many. "The rest of them, they fall into all kinds of traps. We're going to try to do our best... and one of the ways we have to do it is be more naturalistic than the graphic novel, because it's very over-the-top," said Slade.[16] There was also concern expressed that while the vampires needed to communicate, talking might lessen the effect. To counter this, a fictional vampire language was constructed with the help of a Linguistics Professor and the nearby University of Auckland. Slade explained "we designed this really simple language that didn't sound like any particular accent that you would be aware of, that was based around really simple actions, eating, hunting, yes, no, really basic, because that's what vampires do."[17]

By February 2007, the production phase was completed, and a rough cut of the film was prepared.[18] In April, composer Brian Reitzell was hired to score the film.[19]

Release

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, 49% of the 150 film critics gave the film positive reviews.[20] On Metacritic, the film received a score of 53 out of 100 from 29 reviews, considered to be mixed or average reviews.[21]

Box office release

30 Days of Night was released in 2,855 theaters in the United States and Canada on October 19, 2007. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $15,951,902,[22] placing first in the box office.[23] The film grossed $39,568,996 in the United States and Canada and $35,735,361 overseas. It has grossed $75,304,357 worldwide.[22]

Home video

30 Days of Night was released February 26, 2008 on DVD, Blu-Ray and UMD for PlayStation Portable in the United States. DVD sales brought in $26,632,925 in revenue, from 1,394,939 sold DVD units. This does not include Blu-ray sales.[24] The DVD is a single disc and includes eight featurettes, one of which is a full episode of the hit anime Blood+. The UK Region 2 release is a two disc special edition, released in April 2008. Despite being exactly the same as the theatrical release, the BBFC re-rated the film from a 15 to an 18. Even though it still only has the eight featurettes on the second disc, it includes a bonus 30 Days of Night graphic novel.

Sequel

Steve Niles and Ben Ketai scripted a sequel, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, to be directed by Ketai. When filming began on October 20, 2009, Rhys Coiro and Mia Kirshner were named as leads, with Kirshner playing the lead vampire villain Lilith. Other cast named included Harold Perrineau, Kiele Sanchez, Diora Baird, Rhys Coiro, and Monique Ganderton.[25] Three days after filming began, Niles revealed that Kiele Sanchez replaced for Melissa George in the role of Stella Olemaun.[26]

See also

  • 30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
  • 30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust

References

  1. ^ "Raimi Mulls 30 Days". Sci Fi Wire. 2002-07-15. http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue274/news.html. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  2. ^ SCI FI Wire (2007-07-30). "30 Days grabbed Raimi's Eye". SCI FI Wire. http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=3&id=42890. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
  3. ^ Jonah Weiland (2002-07-22). "Niles Looks Forward to At Least '30 Days' of Screen Time". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=1313. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  4. ^ Ace MacDonald (2002-10-14). "Horror is October Month". Comicon.com. http://www.comicon.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php/ubb/get_topic/f/36/t/000265/p/1.html. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Columbia Acquires 30 Days of Night". Ghost House Pictures. 2003-02-27. http://ghosthousepictures.comingsoon.net/news_article.php?articleid=3. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  6. ^ Jonah Weiland (2003-03-31). "Dark Horse's Mike Richardson Talks Comic Book Movies". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=2077. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  7. ^ a b Kyle Hopkins (2004-03-03). "Bloodthirsty in Barrow". Anchorage Press. http://www.anchoragepress.com/archives-2004/featurevol13ed8.shtml. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  8. ^ "Steve Niles Talks Movies". Comic Continuum. 2004-05-04. http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=4058. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  9. ^ "30 Days Moves Forward". Sci Fi Wire. 2004-10-13. http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/art-main.html?2004-10/13/13.00.film. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  10. ^ Tatiana Siegel (2005-09-07). "Slade has eyes for Col's 'Night'". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/film/brief_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001055590. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  11. ^ a b Edward Douglas (2006-03-24). "David Slade on 30 Days of Night". SuperHeroHype.com. http://www.superherohype.com/news.php?id=4019. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  12. ^ "Hartnett in Flight with Sony 'Night'". 2006-06-15. http://ghosthousepictures.comingsoon.net/news_article.php?articleid=24. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  13. ^ "30 Days of Night, Melissa George and Josh Hartnett". MelissaGeorge.co.uk. 2006-07-31. http://www.melissageorge.co.uk/films/30daysof.htm. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  14. ^ Borys Kit (2006-09-11). "'Night' dawns for Huston in Col horror pic". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/film/brief_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003119773. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  15. ^ Robert Sanchez (2006-09-28). "Exclusive Interview: Part II With Dark Horse's Mike Richardson". IESB.net. http://www.iesb.net/index.php?option=com_d4j_ezine&task=read&page=1&category=featured&article=429&Itemid=27. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  16. ^ Daniel Fienberg (2006-04-13). "'Candy' Director Prepares for '30 Days of Night'". Zap2it.com. http://www.zap2it.com/movies/news/zap-slade30daysofnight,0,7581795.story?coll=zap-news-headlines. Retrieved 2006-10-13. 
  17. ^ Cindy White (2007-10-15). "'Director David Slade shines a light on Josh Hartnett and Melissa George to bring a new vision of vampires to the screen in 30 Days of Night'". SciFi Weekly. http://www.scifi.com/sfw/interviews/sfw17143.html. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  18. ^ Andy Khouri (2007-02-24). "NYCC, DAY 2: MYSPACE MYSTERY PANELISTS REVEALED!". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=9793. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  19. ^ "Brian Reitzell: 30 Days of Night" (PDF). Film Music Weekly. 2007-04-03. http://www.filmmusicweekly.com/issues/FMW_Current.pdf. Retrieved 2007-04-10. 
  20. ^ "30 Days of Night (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/30_days_of_night/. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  21. ^ "30 Days of Night". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/30daysofnight?q=30%20Days%20of%20Night. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  22. ^ a b "30 Days of Night (2007)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=30DaysofNight.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  23. ^ Pamela McClintock (2007-10-21). "Audiences sink teeth into 'Night'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117974430.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved 2007-10-21. 
  24. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2007/30DAY-DVD.php
  25. ^ "BD's Got Your 30 Days of Night: Dark Days Casting!". Bloody Disgusting. October 19, 2009. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/17764. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Kiele Sanchez Takes Over For Melissa George in 30 Days of Night: Dark Days". ReelzChannel. October 23, 2009. http://www.reelzchannel.com/movie-news/4867/kiele-sanchez-takes-over-for-melissa-george-in-30-days-of-night-dark-days. Retrieved January 8, 2009. 

Further reading

  • Tim Lebbon (September 25, 2007) (Mass Market Paperback). 30 Days of Night. Novelization of the film. Pocket Star. ISBN 1416544975. 

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Quotes

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From Wikiquote

30 Days of Night is a film about a town attacked by vampires. The main characters are Eben Oleson, Stella Oleson and Marlow. Eben Oleson is the town sheriff trying to save an ever-shrinking group of survivors from vampires, including his estranged wife, Stella, who is also a sheriff; and his little brother Jake. The problem? they have to survive the month with no sunlight, which is vampire paradise.

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Eben

  • Come get me, motherfuckers!!!
  • [holding up sunlamp] Yeah, it worked! but they're gonna cut the power. [Power goes out] Oh, sh-[starts running]
  • Jake, when they're all watchin me, call Stella on the walkie talkie and tell her to run for it. [Looks up, from preparing to inject] You did good, little brother. [Hugs jake] Take care of Stella for me.
  • [After injecting Billy's blood] I can smell your blood.
  • When you have a family, you never hurt them!

Marlow

  • It took them centuries to believe that we are more than just bad dreams. We should give them no reason to suspect.
  • Their heads must be separated from their bodies. Do not turn them.

Others

  • Stella: I guess it's a good thing you didn't want kids, eh? [Eben looks up, rather annoyed] Imagine.
  • Stella: I guess it's a good thing you didn't want kids, eh? [Eben looks up, rather annoyed] Imagine.
  • The Stranger: The cold isn't the weather, that's death approching.
  • The Stranger: [after Eben shoots him] You Shithead!
  • Beau: Welcome to Barrow, Top of the world!
  • Doug: I kept shootin', and they just kept comin'. It's like they're all cooked up on PCP or something.
  • Girl Vampire: I'm done playing with this one. You wanna play with me now?

Dialogue

Eben: Come on. You and me, let's go. I'm taking you outside.
The Stranger: [standing up] I'd like to see that.
Stella: [resting gun against his head] So would I. But then Lucy would have to clean up after Eben was done kicking your ass.

The Stranger: Mr. and Mrs. Sheriff. So sweet. So helpless against what is coming.
Stella: He's just trying to freak us out.
Jake: It's working.

The Stranger: They're coming
Eben: Who're they?

The Stranger: No way out of town. No one coming to help.
Jake Oleson: Shut up.
The Stranger: You can feel that. That cold ain't the weather - that's death approaching. Who do you think they're gonna take first? The girl, who thinks a gun will help her? The kid, sheriff's kid? Or the old gal?
Jake Oleson: Shut up.
[Jake throws a boardgame piece at the Stranger]
The Stranger: Oh... yeah... thank you, for the plastic. I can snap that apart and pick the lock.

Jake: I saw them feeding on Grandma Helen. I saw their teeth. They're like vampires, you know?
Stella: Vampires don't exist, Jake.

Doug: They don't fall down when they're shot.
Beau: Hell, neither do I.

Kirsten: Please, God!
Marlow: God? [looks up at sky then back down at Kirsten. He shakes his head.] No God.

Jake: [shaking uncontrollably] Sh-she was...j-just a g-girl...
Stella: [Embracing Jake] It's ok.

Eben: I'll go. I'm the fastest.
Jake: Bullshit! I'll go. I-I weigh less than you.
Eben: You're fifteen.
Jake: Exactly! You have a wife, people need you!
Eben: I saw what you did back there. You up to doing that 6 or 7 more times?
Stella: You don't even think it will work.
Eben: But you do.

Eben: They'll kill her if she runs. She'll burn if she stays.
Jake: Eben.
Eben: Oh dear god.

Stella: I should have fought harder.
Eben: The things you'll do to save your own.
Stella: We were like that once, weren't we?

Head Vampire: When man meets a force he can't destroy, he destroys himself instead. What a plague you are.
Marlow: (Looking at a severely burned vampire, and quoting Dmitri Pisarev) What can be broken, must be broken.

Eben: We'll watch the sunrise together.
Stella: I'm so sorry, baby. I never should have left you.

Eben: It's almost dawn. We made it.
Stella: Eben, Dawn! [starts crying]

Cast

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