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30 Days of Night

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Very-bloody vampire movie lacks bite. No kids.
  • R
  • 2007
  • 113 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 23 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Vampires are self-serious and dedicated killers, humans argue among themselves, survivors depend on courageous martyrs.


Gory displays of vampirism throughout: They chomp on their victims, chew their necks, and suck their blood. They also beat, kick, and throw themselves on prey and vehicles. Humans use multiple weapons, including a sunlamp, fires, guns, axes, and vehicles. An early car crash is abrupt and loud. Dead dogs are ravaged and bloody -- a precursor to the discovery of human bodies that are mauled, gnawed, and very bloody. Attacks are chaotic (fast cuts and close-ups), with groaning and growling sounds. Shooting leaves vampires with limbs and heads blown away.


Gruesome "sexual" play between male and female vampire (they hiss at each other and bare their teeth, the woman pawing at her torso in a demonstration of passion). Earnest declarations of love between protagonists.


Profanity includes several uses of "f--k" and lots of "s--t"s (once with "head"), as well as "damn," "hell," and "bitch."


Repeated shots of Chevrolet truck logos, references to Oreos and Snapple.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink and refer to whiskey and vodka. A grandmother grows marijuana to soothe her cancer (a baggie appears in a desk drawer, and plants are shown in her house). Someone thinks a vampire is a human "coked up on PCP."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this vampire horror movie (which was based on a graphic novel) isn't for kids. While the themes aren't especially sophisticated, the imagery is very bloody, with bodies getting torn, beaten, chewed, and graphically abused. Children are in danger and killed (one is a bloody-mouthed vampire who's eventually slain by an adolescent boy), and there are explosions, car crashes, shootings, foot chases, and lots of tense scenes. Language includes several uses of "f--k" and other profanity, there's some drinking, and a grandmother grows medicinal marijuana.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bylittlebuckb September 12, 2015

Common sense media are haters

THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER very gory but still the best out of all of them common sense media sucks they think this is the worst go give your opinion on someth... Continue reading
Adult Written bychristian2011 November 20, 2012

Good scary vampire flick.

30 Days of Night really does display the characteristics and nature of the real-deal vampire; possessing their own eerie language, black eyes, rows of razor sha... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamer345 July 11, 2015
Teen, 14 years old Written bystormdog12 September 23, 2010
i never seen the rated R version....i seen the TV version....but there is this little girl who is a vampire and is sucking someone's blood. then she sa... Continue reading

What's the story?

The humans are warned of an impending vampire invasion by someone called The Stranger (Ben Foster), who arrives in town seeking a bowl of raw hamburger and then intones, "That cold ain't the weather, that's death approaching." Part wanna-be and part fanboy ("The undead, man!"), The Stranger has led the vampires to Barrow because, in winter, the sun disappears for an entire month. (For some reason, this darkness also means that no planes fly in or out of Barrow -- an illogical premise that leaves the citizens utterly alone and abandoned.) The movie's action follows the basic rhythms of a slasher film, showing one terrible assault after another, with the ugly deaths of disposable extras leaving the small band of stars bickering and learning important lessons about how to look after one another. The humans alternately hide in attics, scavenge from the well-stocked market, and fight off the monsters with all manner of makeshift weapons, ranging from flares and axes to shotguns and sunlamps. As the days tick by (marked by captions so you can keep track), the vampires inexplicably leave the survivors alone for long stretches. The vampires, much like the humans, travel as a pack, led by Marlow and his apparent girlfriend Iris (Megan Franich). Except for Marlow, they all have digitally distorted faces -- enlarged or misshapen noses, jutting jaws, huge scars, and increasingly bloody and gaping mouths -- that mark their strangeness and capacity for brutality (they consume humans and dogs with equal abandon). As usual, human self-sacrifice appears to be the most effective weapon against the vampires, who are selfish by definition and endlessly \"thirsty.\"

Is it any good?

Though Eban announces early on that the Barrowites have an advantage over the vampires because they know the town and the cold, the film never takes advantage of this detail. Instead, it relies on a hackneyed "us vs. them" dynamic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the continuing appeal of vampire stories. How does this movie compare to other vampire movies and TV shows you've seen? Parents and kids can also discuss the way that families are presented in the movie. Why do the characters who are part of families do some of the violent things they do?

Movie details

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