Zombie Month part VI: 30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night directed by David Slade

Speed: Faster than human maybe 40km/h at full speed. Incredibly powerful- two are able to stop a moving 4wd and lift it up. Another is seen throwing a human about thirty metres with ease.

Intelligence: Highly intelligent. Able to set up traps, converse freely with humans to do their bidding. Ancient (albeit hilarious) language.

Behavior: Aggressive, aloof, arrogant. Intelligent hierarchy. Enjoys torturing victims.

Longevity: Probably immortal.

Infection: bite. Location of bite a factor in determining how quickly infection sets in.

How to kill: sunlight, removal or destruction of head/body. Even direct shotgun blasts don’t put them down for long.

A town set in Alaska sets in for the thirty days that occur annually for which there is no sunlight. Meanwhile, a stranger wanders into the town and destroys all forms of transportation. With their lackey doing their bidding, the monsters move in to commence their bloodbath. A small group of survivors attempts to stay hidden against the impossible odds stacked against them.

At first glance this is not a zombie film. The monsters or whatever they are are clearly more vampire-like, complete with intelligence and the whole blood sucky thing happening. However, while that may be the case the film sets itself up very much like a zombie film; themes include barricading, gaining supplies, sacrifice and teamwork. This isn’t some sort of cross-wielding stab fest such as From Dawn Till Dusk or a brooding romance/horror akin to Bram Stoker’s Dracula– it’s a film about fear, survival and making plans.

It also helps that the visuals (when not focused on Josh Harnett) tend to be awesome. The initial battle and later one on one fights in particular. It drags on a bit in places, and is slow to warm up, but the overarching themes are pretty nifty. It’s impressive enough for at least a watch, and zombie fans will definitely enjoy the themes.

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~ by freeze43 on May 15, 2012.

2 Responses to “Zombie Month part VI: 30 Days of Night”

  1. Haven’t seen it. Always assumed it was vampires (which I like). Maybe I’ll give it a look.

  2. Oh they are more vampire like than zombie like. But as I said in the review, the film itself is more of a zombie film than a vampire one.

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