My Take: Vampires. How very Halloweeny and there is nothing sexy or emo about this troupe of blood suckers. Barrow, Alaska is the setting for this flick that begins with the residents preparing for a month without the sun. Several people are leaving while others are staying on to live in darkness. Emerging from the frozen landscape is a rough-looking fellow with a bad attitude, bad teeth and hankering for meat and booze. The stranger (Ben Foster) brings with him a bit of hell on earth as all transportation is sabotaged including sled dogs being slaughtered, communications equipment and internet are destroyed (oh the horror!) and people are picked off one by one. It starts out subtle as the vampires take out the outer parts of town but it gets real bloody real fast as they descend on the town and literally paint it red. Literally.
It’s up to the Sheriff Eben, his wife Stella (a fire marshal with a gun) and a small group to survive until the sun returns and not let the lives of the entire town be forgotten as Barrow is destroyed by these evil dicks who dress pretty well but make a mess of their finery, all covered in blood.
Final Thoughts: I read the graphic novel and wasn’t overly impressed, not a fan of the art style and the first time I saw the movie I had the same thought – not impressed. However, after a subsequent viewing I liked it more. Sure there a few things that are a bit far-fetched (30 days without a shower in a confined space, 30 days lying in the snow) but overall it is just a fun and bloody vampire movie where the vampires are actually frightening in their appearances and the weird screeching communicating they do. A good vampire flick with vampires that are unsettling and intimating.