|Directed by:||David Slade|
|Written by:||Stuart Beattie|
|Cast:||Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster|
|Genre:||Comic Book, Horror|
In an age where all of our vampires are turning into nothing but sex icons and sparkling emo pansies, it's nice to have this crazy flick to turn to. These vampires aren't here to seduce you. They're not here to create new followers. They're not here for our sympathy or our compassion. No, those fuckers are here to feast. And the only thing they care about is shredding your neck and turning everyone into a pile of lasagna.
The vampires truly are a pack of animals. There is no reasoning with this crew, and if you tried I doubt you'd be able to figure that creepy backward language they spoke. They're absolutely terrifying with their solid black eyes and wolf-like snarl and razor sharp pearly whites. And the moment they begin their big massacre on the townspeople, it is quite a sight.
There's a grotesquely beautiful overhead shot of the town as the vampires rip everyone to shreds. The deep red blood splashed across the white snow. Which goes along with the brilliance of the atmosphere. Here we have a pleasant little Alaskan town in the middle of nowhere, colder than a witch’s titty tassel and forced to spend an entire month in the darkness. Not only the ideal feeding grounds for the fang-bangers, but just a great horror movie setting in general.
But it's the final act that really brings the film down for me. I think the whole "injecting myself with the vampire blood to get their powers" thing was pretty stupid. You're gonna take a chance on risk becoming a full fledged monster and put everyone else’s lives even more at risk? Oh no, just inject a little bit. Not enough to where I'll become a full on vampire, but at least enough to where I can punch my fist completely threw the vampire leaders skull. Come on now.
BOTTOM LINE: It's definitely one of the cooler vampire flicks to come out in recent years. It's bloody and brutal, and these vampires aren’t glittery pretty boys, they’re rabid beasts. Very atmospheric, loved the cold, dark, desolate Alaskan setting. But Hartnett’s performance was pretty weak and the ending was crap. But it’s still a pretty cool movie and I do recommend it to any horror fan.