The story of an isolated Alaskan town that is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. The sheriff (Josh Hartnett) and a group of townsfolk try to make it though until sunlight returns.
First just let me say... WOW! This movie is a brutal and suspenseful thrill ride of a horror film that is probably the best I've seen in a long time. Loads of action and brutality make this an absolute masterpiece of bloody violence. I'm not a big fan of vampire films personally as they usually come across so silly, but this may change my mind. They're vampires alright, but instead of 2 little holes in the victims neck when they're done they basically rip out their entire throats and spray blood all over the place. The vampire are freaky with their wildly spooky look, actions and piercing creepy screams while speaking a bizarre language. They're actually scary, not all suave looking with slicked back hair and silly capes. These vampires aren't hokey at all, they're bad asses.
Director David Slade makes the look of the whole film work I thought too. It's very bleak looking and shot very personal as to almost put you in the town with the vampires, and that ain't somewhere you want to be. The violence is very gritty and realistic, not cartoonish. The action is stylistic but not too much so.
Hartnett's character is likable enough and it's easy to pull for him and the survivors to make it out alive, with him as the leader and main protector. I thought their reactions to situations was realistic enough.
Gory beheadings, intense action, brutal violence and all sorts of intensity... what's not to like? This is one of the coolest horror movies I've seen in a long time. A virtual hell ride through darkness and cold.