30 Days of Night: Dark Days
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- Director: Ben Ketai
- Writers: Steve Niles (screenplay), Ben Ketai (screenplay)
- Stars: Kiele Sanchez, Rhys Coiro and Diora Baird
- Release Date: October 2010
- Genre: Horror, Thriller
- Run Time: 92 min
I haven’t seen the original mainly because movies filmed with no color turn me off, so I can’t compare it to the the fist one. As a stand alone movie Dark Days works very well.
Stella, who I understand is a survivor from part I, is giving lectures at universities about vampires. Since she knows no one believes her, this time around in LA she has a demo planned. High intensity UV lights are turned on, and sure enough, some vampires among the audience go up in flames.
Stella then is approached the by a group of vampire hunters who want to kill Lilith, the queen vampire, to put an end to it all. They are mentored by a reformed vampire named Dane, who also sent letters to Stella.
They embark on their mission but their early attempts in the sewers are unsuccessful. Then they board a ship where Lilith is. The group only consists of 4 people. Stella, two guys and another girl, who initially presents herself as the tough chick and hates Stella, but turns out to be a complete fool and pretty annoying, too.
This movie is very enjoyable and entertaining. It takes the vampire genre seriously and doesn’t turn it into a comedy or romance. There are plenty of good gory death scenes. What impresses most though is Kiele Sanchez’s performance. She gives it her all, as she has done in some of her other work. And she is very attractive. Also nice is that a good part of this movie is filmed during the day and the colors are vivid. The story itself is nothing spectacular but, as mentioned, the virtue of this movie is that it’s a much needed return to a good serious vampire movie and has good performances and lots of gore.