30 Days of Night: Dark Days

A straight-to-DVD sequel to "30 Days of Night" (2007), it is refreshingly non-linear and has an unpredictable plot. However, the special effects left something to be desired, as the fake blood in many cases was quite obviously grape juice.

The movie takes place about a year after the last movie ended, with Stella (Kiele Sanchez) in L.A. giving talks about the dangers of vampires. She attracts the attention of a mysterious benefactor, Dane (Ben Cotton) and his cohorts, as well as the ire of a corrupt FBI agent. They enlist her help in their mission to kill Lilith (Mia Kirshner), the vampires' leader. After some searching and investigation, they determine the location of Lilith's stronghold and the movie culminates in a final showdown.

This movie is entertaining to watch and was a lot of fun, although it is far from a "typical" vampire flick. The feel of the movie is closer to that of a zombie movie, Lilith's sadistic minions have no free will, cannot communicate in English and are little more than agile, fanged zombies who can take orders. The protagonists also have little in the way of character development – conflicts are never expanded upon or solved and little dialogue expands on the current (or any) situation. With the exception of some very forced romance between Stella and Paul (Rhys Coiro), little happens to expand the characters at all.

In short, this film's action is entertaining and good fun, but the rest is not to be taken terribly seriously.

Special Features:
-Filmmaker Commentary
– "The Gritty Realism of Dark Days" featurette

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