Plot: A small town in Alaska experience a month of darkness each year. Most people leave during this time. However, the people that decide to stay this particular year run into deadly vampires, threatening to kill them all. The remaining residents must fight for their survival against these deadly creatures.
Director: David Slade
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster, Mark Boone Junior and Manu Bennett.
I’ve not watched many vampire horror films but the first time I watched this film a few years ago I absolutely loved it. I actually felt frightened and jumped at certain parts. However, I watched this film again last week and I wasn’t as scared, obviously, because I’m older now but I still really enjoyed it. I love the vampires, they’re so interesting to look at. I hope I don’t sound crazy but they just look so freaky and ugly, they’re fantastic. It’s kind of odd that they speak a different language but it adds to the mystery surrounding them because they are very intriguing, I wish they could have been on screen more.
I adore the way this film is shot. It’s winter so there is snow and because of that, it makes the film more eerie and cold. Not just cold as in the characters are cold but as in the brutality as well. I love seeing the red blood on the snow and the simple camera angles when they showed this. It’s simple yet beautiful. The town is quiet which also adds to the creepy atmosphere. To say there’s a lot of blood and death in this film, I think it’s beautiful.
As for the characters, Josh Hartnett plays the lead brilliantly. You fall in love with his character which is why the ending is so sad. The first time I watched it I was furious. I hated that it ended like that but since getting into film a lot more, I admire the ending. The fact that they had the guts to kill off the main character is astonishing. As much as I loved the character, it had to happen. He needed to save his wife so he did and that’s what it cost him and he would do it again, over. I can’t say that I’m glad that he died but I am satisfied with that ending. The vampires are gone and the town can rebuild, yeah the Sheriff is dead but everyone else’s life goes on, including his wife’s.