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30 Days of Night

Very-bloody vampire movie lacks bite. No kids.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 113 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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

Consumerism

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."

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:October 18, 2007
DVD/Streaming release date:February 25, 2008
Cast:Danny Huston, Josh Hartnett, Melissa George
Director:David Slade
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Horror
Run time:113 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong horror violence and language.

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Adult Written bySam Marrick May 1, 2016

Uneven and Very Gory

Decapitations, one particularly messy and upsetting, blood everywhere a girl sadistically sliced, bitten and bloodied by a group of vampires who cackle at her suffering as she cries out for God to save her before tearing her to pieces. A huge massacre form a birds eye view that shows lots of blood and severed limbs splattering the snow as vamps advance. Characters chopped up by industrial machines, cut throats. Fist through a head. There is little hard profanity.
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamer345 July 11, 2015

Awesome Bloody Vampire movie but not for any one under 13

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
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 says 'I'm done playing with this one. Who wants to be next?' she ends up getting her head chopped off. it is really bloody....but the TV version I say 11+ but rated R version i think it would be 17+ but iffy....
What other families should know
Too much violence