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THE MOVIE: 30 Days of Night

Josh Hartnett • Melissa George • Danny Huston • Ben Foster
DIRECTOR: David Slade

The vampires and the flaming town THE CONCEPT:
Bloodthirsty vampires lead by Marlow (Huston) target the remote, isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, which each winter is plunged into darkness for 30 days. As they relentlessly feed on the helpless residents, it’s up to Sheriff Eben Oleson (Hartnett), his estranged wife Stella (George) and an ever-shrinking group of survivors, to do anything and everything they can to last until daylight.

U.S. RELEASE: October 19 2007, Nationwide • Rated: R


Director David Slade  with Josh Harnett, Mark Boone Junior and Melissa George DAVID SLADE:
“I didn’t want to do a studio film, after Hard Candy I wanted to continue to do smaller independent films, but someone said, 30 Days of Night, and I said, ‘Whoa, hold on a second,’ and I closed my eyes and went, ‘I’d love to do that.’ I’d chew off my arm to do it, because I was a fan of the graphic novel to begin with. I could see huge potential in it, but also, it just went to my sensibilities. It’s an iconic, bleak, nihilistic story, and a scary vampire movie.”

STEVE NILES (writer of the graphic novel and screenplay):
“Every year if you check the paper just about the time it goes dark in Barrow, there’s always a little human interest piece about it, and what fascinated me was with the darkness, alcohol was not illegal, but they couldn’t sell it because of the increasing suicide rate. I thought, ‘God, what kind of tough people live there?’ And I tore out the little story, I wrote vampires in the corner, because it seemed obvious.”

ROB TAPERT (Producer):
“I have to say something about Danny Huston. When David started this process, he had Danny Huston as Marlow from the first time he walked in for the very first meeting; he knew that he wanted Danny Huston for that role. He fought for Danny for eight months, through the studio saying no, through Danny saying no, to finally getting Danny to sign on at the very last minute.”

“What made Danny say yes was actually a bunch of stuff – that he had lines, that he had a back story, that he was a smart vampire. These were all things he wanted, but it took a while for them to appear in the script. And he’s not just a rampant nihilist; he’s actually someone with a great burden, a great responsibility and a great hatred for Humanity. He has a great hatred for God, which I like. One of my favorite lines of his is when he looks around and says, ‘No. No God.’ You want to know something about God, talk to the Undead.”

“What really appealed to Sam [Raimi] and me was the idea of having a love story kind of as the backbone to a Horror movie. And this seemed original, to have vampires portrayed in a way that we hadn’t seen them. I think Steve had once said it was kind of the anti-Buffy, and that appealed to us. We were looking for something that was unusual with vampires.”Poster artwork

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