30 Days of Night is a 2007 American horror film based on the comic book miniseries of the same name. The film is directed by David Slade and stars Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, and Danny Huston. The film was released in the United States on October 19, 2007. The story focuses on the Alaskan town of Barrow, beset by vampires as it enters into a thirty-day long period without sunshine. The film follows a group of people who struggle to survive vampires until sunlight returns.
The town of Barrow, Alaska is preparing for its annual "30 Days of Night", a period during the winter in which the sun will not be seen for a month: some inhabitants leave for Fairbanks or other parts south. As the town gets ready, a stranger, (Ben Foster), rows ashore from a large ship. Once in Barrow, he sets about sabotaging the town's communication and transport. Barrow's sheriff, Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett), investigates these crimes. As he does so, he learns that his estranged ex-girlfriend, Stella Oleson (Melissa George), missed the last plane out and is stuck in the town. Although they try to avoid one another, when Eben confronts the Stranger in the town diner, Stella helps subdue him and take him to the station house.
At the jail, the Stranger taunts the townsfolk, telling them that death is coming for them. Just then, vampire attack the local telecommunications center and power supply, rendering the town dark and cut off from the outside world. Eben goes to the telecommunications center and finds the operator's head impaled on a pole. Suspecting that something bad is going to happen, Eben and Stella go through town, warning all the residents to lock themselves indoors and load all weapons.
The vampires, led by Marlowe (Danny Huston), attack the town and slaughter most of the townspeople, including Eben's grandmother, while the remaining survivors congregate in the diner. The vampires attack Eben and Stella as they attempt to recover ammunition and supplies, but Beau Brower (Mark Boone Junior), the local snowplow driver, rescues them. Everyone decides to go to a boarded-up house which has a hidden attic where they are able to hide. Marlowe finds the Stranger in the jail and, rather than turning him into a vampire, as the Stranger wishes, kills him. Marlowe orders the vampires not to transform anyone into vampires; they will just slaughter the town and then disappear, in order to preserve modern humanity's belief that vampires are "only bad dreams" and nothing more.
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