30 Days of Night amounts to two hours of missed opportunities.
Director David Slade crams Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's unusual graphic novel through the modern-horror meat grinder, falling back on tiresome flash cuts, routine audio screeches, and an abundance of artificial gore.
Despite the tricks, the concept remains strong. Every winter, Barrow, Alaska -- the northernmost town in the United States -- experiences a full month without sunlight. This year, an army of starving vampires descends on the town to take advantage of the natural darkness. Local sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett) and his estranged wife, Stella (Melissa George), must put their differences aside long enough to protect the townsfolk from becoming lunch.
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