Head to Head – 30 Days of Night

Welcome to the latest edition of our newly revamped Head to Head feature, in which our Quickflix critics take on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film and we pick the fight!

This week we received a brain-snapping slam against David Slade‘s 30 Days of Night from Rohan Daenke. For his troubles, he received 2 tickets to the critically acclaimed Australian flick Balibo. If you would also like to win free movie tickets, send your controversial mini-reviews to us here!

Rohan will argue AGAINST the film, while enigmatic Quickflix critic DVDman will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Rohan Daenke – 1/5

Easily one of the worst films of all time. Contains the weakest plot (and the most poorly explained as well) in a genre not renowned for its credible script-writing. The acting is terrible. The premise is laughable. The only thing that will make you happy watching this is when the credits roll and this utter dirge of a film is at an end! Do not watch this at any cost. If there is any justice this will set back the careers of all involved by at least 5 years. Especially the “actors” playing the rubbish vampire ghoulies with their ridiculous made-up language. Completely shite flick!!!

DVDman – 4/5

30 Days Of night may not be the most highly original story or break much new ground in regard to tricks of cinematography, but it is a pretty good version of a well trodden path. There are creepy looking (and sounding) vampires, scared locals and plenty of blood, teamed up with a good cast and one stunning overhead tracking shot, torn straight from the pages of the Scorsese film-making textbook. As the travel-weary vampires arrive in Barrow, Alaska, apparently America’s northern most town, looking for food and shelter from the sun’s harmful rays, the helpless townsfolk, who are themselves preparing for the unpleasant prospect of no sun for 30 days suddenly face a far greater danger than boredom brought on by winter. As the ensuing carnage brings the town together, we are spared the all-American hero who kills all the bad guys and instead we are treated to a terrified community hiding from the hungry vampires, knowing their only choice is to try and see out the 30 days until the vampires leave voluntarily. A well above average vampire/slasher/horror flick definitely worth a watch.

Now it’s over to you. Do you agree with Rohan or DVDman? Let us know in the comments section below. And if you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head, and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

4 Responses to “Head to Head – 30 Days of Night”

  1. "There are creepy looking (and sounding) vampires"Creepy? As in a one-note, irritatingly shrieky means of communication (since as far as I remember, it was the only thing the non-main vampires did, stand there and scream) making my skin creep from pain and causing my tinnitus to over-act?Then yes. They were creepy.And how come the vamps at the start were fiercely and astoundingly quick and agile, but once the movie gets rolling, they're typical movie monster slow. It was inconsistent!

  2. a great, creepy treat. Well acted with a wonderful sense of place, it is taken seriously by all involved and that makes all the difference. An impressive horror in a sea of teeny gore flicks.

  3. I loved this movie. I borrowed it and thought it would be garbage, so I played it in the background while doing some study, but was quickly engrossed by the opening scene with Ben Foster wandering through the snowscape. The soundtrack was as creepy as I've ever heard. I love how it uses noises instead of music to set the scene. I thought the head vampire was the scariest I've ever seen on film, especially due to the fact they let the blood fly all around their mouth and clothes instead of the neat way that most vampires are depicted when they drink blood. The way they treated humans similar to the way we treat cattle, stuck out for me also. 5 stars

  4. Any film must keep me watching it. I do not have time to waste by forcing myself to watch anything.If a film can keep me watching it, I ask myself if I enjoyed it (in spite of the flaws I find in any film)? I enjoyed "30 Days of Night", and although it had some flaws, I enjoyed it and the flaws did not detract from my viewing. I very much enjoyed the ending.My third criteria is: would I watch it a second time, with or without commentary? "30 Days of Night" met this criterion. It is worth multiple viewings.Finally, would I like to add the film to my permanent collection? This film fits into the same class as "Dog Soldiers": that is, I found flaws, but the acting and story were important enough to warrant this inclusion.I do not have the words to say what this film says to me, but it says this to me in such an enjoyable way that I would like to receive this message again and again.

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