30 Days of Night is a great vampire film, and one of the best in recent memory. It's based off of graphic novels by the same name, which are mostly visually stimulating more than well-written in my opinion (Ben Templesmith is excellent). However, I feel like this film captures that sentiment by portraying the vampires brutally and with some intelligence that doesn't make you think "I've seen this before". This film stars Josh Hartnett, who I enjoy most of the time, but I'll be the first to admit that he immediately seems to date any film he is in. It's odd, but here we are and with Melissa George who is great, but no it's not depth of story that make this movie tick. The shining star for me is Ben Foster, and it's always Ben Foster because he plays crazy characters so well. His wannabe vampire messenger is the most memorable part to me, other than the little things like the vampires sending a small girl out in the streets to appeal to people and make them reveal themselves rescuing her. Overhead shots of the town during its most chaotic moments also stick with you and seem like they could be ripped straight out of a graphic novel. Dealing with vampires in a town that goes dark for 30 days straight is a genius concept and it's kind of crazy that it's only now we're watching/reading stories about that. Overall, the film is brutal, bloody, and a mostly brainless good time. The twist ending is pretty wild, but at least they let it fade away at the end of the film. The special features are mildly entertaining, but the audio commentary features Josh Hartnett making fun of Melissa George a lot with a producer, which is somehow entertaining. Also cool to hear how seriously Ben Foster takes his acting, even in scenes with other actors who may not be as hardcore about feeling it all.
Blu-ray copy came in great condition, and this release does not include a DVD or digital copy. Recommend for fans of vampires and horror.