->''"Barrow, UsefulNotes/{{Alaska}} - Northernmost town in the U.S.''
->''Isolated in 80 miles of roadless wilderness.''
->''Cut off every winter for 30 days of night."''

''30 Days of Night'' is a 2007 Vampire film directed by [[Film/HardCandy David]] [[Series/{{Hannibal}} Slade]] and starring Creator/JoshHartnett and Danny Huston.

The film is set in Barrow, Alaska, which the film quickly tells us is the northernmost town in the USA and as such has one month with no sunlight. During this period, most of the townsfolk leave for sunnier pastures.

But this year, things are different. First, a bunch of mobile phones turn up burned. Then all the sled dogs in town get brutally slaughtered. Then someone smashes up the only helicopter. When a tall, dark stranger walks into the diner and starts drawing attention to himself, Sheriff Eben Oleson (Hartnett) arrests him. But when the stranger starts talking about how "they" are coming, Oleson starts getting jumpy. Finding a man's head on a stake doesn't help calm him down.

"They" turn out to be a horde of vampires itching for a taste of fresh blood, and they plan to take every advantage of a month without sunrise. The sheriff and his estranged wife gather up a group of survivors and plan to survive the thirty days of night.

Also it's an adaptation of the first book from [[ComicBook/ThirtyDaysOfNight a graphic novel series of the same name]], written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Creator/BenTemplesmith.

A direct-to-video sequel was released in 2010 call ''Dark Days'' likewise based on the sequel comic book of the same name. In it Stella, one of the survivors of Barrow, tries to prove the existence of vampires and joins up with a group of people who have also had run-ins with vampires, enlisting her help in trying to take down a vampire queen.

There's also two supplementary material, ''Blood Trails'', which acts as a prequel to the first movie and ''Dust To Dust'' which takes place afterward.
!! Tropes in this film:

* ActionGirl: Stella Oleson
* ActionizedSequel: ''Dark Days'' is a lot more action-packed and filled with blazing guns than the first movie.
* AdaptationExpansion: The little girl appeared in the comic for all of a couple panels, but didn't appear to take much interest in attacking Eben.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The paunchy, late-thirties, happily married main couple of the comics become buff, mid-twenties, and sexily divorced.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Marlow, in the graphic novel, is a despicable bastard whose only goal is to have a month-long buffet of human blood and doesn't care much for anything else. He's given a lover here, [[spoiler:and even {{Mercy Kill}}s her when she's wounded by the UV light.]]
* AdaptationalIntelligence: A minor example. The vampires in the graphic novel are fully capable of speech, whereas in here, most of them emit [[HellIsThatNoise horrid shrieks]].
* AdaptationalVillainy: While Lilith was evil in the ''Dark Days'' graphic novel, her motivations were based on revenge solely against Stella because Eben killed Vicente, and she disapproved of the attack on Barrow. In the film adaptation, she's intent on invading Barrow again, seemingly for no other reason than ForTheEvulz.
* AdaptationDistillation: The film is very faithful to the story it is based on, with a few aspects altered or even added.
* AnAxeToGrind: Eben grabs an axe and wields it for most of the films.
* AlwaysNight: The film is set during the one month where Barrow, Alaska is without sun.
* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: Crude oil is ''much'' harder to ignite than gasoline due to impurities (its flash point is around 100 degrees Fahrenheit); in the bitter cold of an Alaskan winter it would be no small task to start an oil fire. Marlowe manages it with a simple match as if it were gasoline.
* BadassNormal: Beau. [[spoiler: During his DyingMomentOfAwesome]] he single-handedly deals with two dozen vampires, kills most of them and badly mutilates others. Eben also counts, [[spoiler: before becoming an EmpoweredBadassNormal]].
* BaldOfEvil: Arvin, the bald vampire that appears to serve as TheDragon to Marlow.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Beau's conclusion during [[spoiler: his SuicideMission]].
* BigBad: Marlow leads a small group of vampires to ravage the town of Barrow.
* BigBrotherInstinct:
** Eben is very protective of his teenage brother, Jake.
** Could also apply as [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]] to Stella, who protects Jake just as fiercely as her estranged husband does.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Although some survive, the rest of the town (around 150 people) are dead, and the protagonist is a hunk of charcoal.]] Luckily, most of the citizens survive by going southward for the month.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: The vampires' eyes have wide, solid black irises covering almost the entire visible eye, which, along with their mouthful of sharp teeth, makes them look really shark-like and sociopathic.
* BlackSpeech: The vampires speak in an odd combination of words and animal-like sounds like hisses and screeches. When they want to signal others, they let out [[NightmareFuel terrifying screams]].
* BloodBath: In the sequel, Lilith bathes in a tub of blood.
* BoomHeadshot: Several of the vampires go out by shotgun to the face, taking off most of their heads with it.
* CasualHighDrop: A vampire casually drops off a roof as part of an ambush in the sequel.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The large grinding machine is shown at the start of the film. Unsurprisingly, a vampire is thrown into it not long after the survivors reach the plant.]]
* CompositeCharacter: Marlow in the film is a combination of the character of the same name from the comics and another Vampire called Vicente. This is why his personality radically changes at the end (Vicente Marlow's superior who showed up to cover his massive Masquerade breach, killing Marlow for his stupidity in the process).
* CurbStompBattle: A fight between a couple dozen vampires and around 150 humans (many with guns) ends up with little to no casualties among the vampires and only maybe a dozen humans left. For what it's worth, the vampires gained a few bullet wounds for their effort.
* DarknessEqualsDeath: Vampires take advantage of the fact that the sun is naturally absent for a month.
* DecapitatedArmy: [[spoiler: Literally. After Eben punches Marlow's brain out, the rest of the vampires just stumble around, not sure what to do, then slowly retreat.]]
* DecapitationPresentation: The vampires gang up on Gus, kill him, and skewer his severed head on a pike for Eben to find.
* {{Determinator}}: Eben. Clearly overpowered, outnumbered and [[spoiler: succumbing to vampirism]]. And yet he still fights back.
* DwindlingParty: [[spoiler: Five]] people survive from the whole group. And the town of 152.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Iris is implied to be Marlow's lover.
* FauxActionGirl: Amber in the sequel. She exists mainly to complain about how Stella is useless in a fight and is going to get the rest of the group of vampire hunters killed. [[spoiler: She kills exactly zero vampires, gets Todd killed when she panics in the middle of their first operation as a group, dies herself during the climax, and provides nothing in the interim except needless antagonism towards the female lead.]]
* ForWantOfANail: Most of the survivors left town for a month. Stella desperately wanted to be among that group, but missed her flight. She ends up reconnecting with her estranged husband Eben and promising that they will watch the sunrise together. [[spoiler: The promise is kept, but only because Eben was willing to infect himself in order to save Stella.]] Had she made her intended flight, she might never have patched up her relationship with Eben. [[spoiler: And Eben would very likely have survived since without Stella to worry about. He would have stayed in the shelter until the sun came up.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: Despite all the extreme vampire gore in the film, the camera doesn't show Jake chopping off the [[UndeadChild little girl vampire's]] head with the fire axe, presumably for InfantImmortality reasons.
* GrimUpNorth: Takes place in Barrow, Alaska.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: The Stranger.
* HeroicSacrifice: Eben [[spoiler: becomes a vampire]] knowing full well it was the only way to successfully [[spoiler: save Stella and fight off the vampires]], as well as the fact that he wouldn't be able to change back or control himself from not harming anyone for long. So, after the vampires are [[spoiler: leaderless and scared shitless]] he lets himself [[spoiler: be turned to ash by the sun]].
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: "Barrow" is a kind of tomb. [[RealityIsUnrealistic And an actual town]].
* InfantImmortality: [[CreepyChild One was]] (literally but temporarily). [[NightmareFuel The others weren't]].
* LargeHam: Creator/BenFoster relishes his performance as the Stranger.
-->'''Stranger:''' I don't talk to dead men. I DON'T TALK TO DEAD MEN! You're all dead!
* LastOfTheirKind: The vampires, at least according to the trailers.
* LeaveNoSurvivors: The standard practice of the vampires, so as to uphold TheMasquerade.
* TheLoad: The demented old father, who is not really aware of what's going on around. [[spoiler:He gets eaten and ends up taking his son with him when he escapes out a window.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Vampires' MO. Kill everyone and burn everything to the ground, so there are no witnesses and everything can be blamed on a freak accident with the pipeline.
* MamaBear: Stella runs from cover to grab a traumatized child at the end, even though the child is bait.
* TheMasquerade: Marlow mentions that the vampires have gone to great lengths to make people forget they were ever real. This is why they carefully plan to cover up their attack by burning the town.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: After the initial killing spree during the TakingOverTheTown sequence, [[spoiler: none]] of the female characters die. Yet the party is constantly thawing.
* MercyKill:
** From Eben to [[spoiler:Carter Davies. Carter, finding that he has slowly been turning into a vampire, asks it of Eben so he wouldn't live forever without his family, who died years ago. Eben obliges and does so offscreen.]]
** [[spoiler: Billy]] gets one too. It's messy, but still much more gentle than any other option. [[spoiler:He also gave one to his wife and daughter, so the vampires wouldn't catch them.]]
** Interestingly, Marlow has one as well. [[spoiler: He kills[[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his lover]], Iris, after she had been burned over half her body]].
* MustBeInvited: Averted when a vampire suddenly breaks into a family's house by ''jumping through a window!''
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Vampire!Eben delivers one to Marlow at the end, ultimately driving his fist through his mouth and into the back of his head.]]
* NoNameGiven: None of the vampires are named in-story. All their names comes from the credits.
* OffWithHisHead: Like most creatures, beheading is the surest way to kill these vampires. [[AvertedTrope And it's neither]] [[CleanCut clean nor easy to do]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Their ashen skin, solid black eyes and [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily mouths full of small, sharp teeth]] make them look almost like sharks. This depiction is [[NightmareFuel far more terrifying]] than the typical metrosexual bloodsucker. They also don't seem to need an [[MustBeInvited invitation]].
* PapaWolf: Eben takes his role as Jake's protector very seriously.
* ProHumanTranshuman: [[spoiler: Eben]].
* PromotionToParent: Eben and Jake's parents are never mentioned, so it can be assumed that Eben shares custody and responsibility for Jake with their grandmother. However, once she is killed, Eben becomes this trope in full-force to his teenage brother.
* TheQuisling:
** The Stranger, who makes sure no one will be able to escape the town or warn anyone of the vampires before they show up.
** The girl used as bait. She helps the vampires, because it's better than being killed on the spot. It's more than obvious that she is heavily traumatized by this. And when there is [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no-one else to eat...]]
* RaceLift:
** The Native American Eben Olemaun becomes the white Eben Oleson.
** Also, in the comic books, The Stranger seemed to pretty clearly be an actual vampire himself, or at least on the verge of turning. In the film, he's a human being who hopes his vampire masters will reward him.
* TheRenfield: The Stranger, again. He aids the vampires by cutting off the townspeople's means of escape, in the hopes of being turned. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath Too bad for him that Marlow doesn't keep his end of the bargain]].]]
* ScyllaAndCharybdis: When the whole town burns, Stella and Gail are hiding beneath a car wreck. Their options are either to run away, being killed almost on the spot... or burn alive.
* ShoutOut: The little girl vampire has a tattoo of [[http://www.neubauten.org/ Einsturzende Neubauten]]'s logo. Since it's a fair assumption that she didn't get this before becoming a vampire, one can only assume vampires dig industrial krautrock.
* ShurFineGuns: [[spoiler: Billy can't shoot himself because the gun jams. Clearing weapons is never an option.]]
* SoundOnlyDeath: Thunk. Thunk. Thunk.
* StockScream: During the TakingOverTheTown sequence, one man utters a Wilhelm when a vampire throws him off a roof.
* SuicideAttack: Beau sets off several sticks of dynamite while the vampires rush him, [[spoiler: but survives. Marlow kills him]].
* SuicideBySunlight: [[spoiler: Eben waits with Stella]] on the morning when the sun returns, and is burned into ash.
* SuperWindowJump
* TakingOverTheTown: Several minutes are dedicated to showing this trope in action. The sequence is either really cool (the humans put up a legitimate but doomed fight), or [[NightmareFuel utterly terrifying]].
* TakingYouWithMe: Beau was trying to pull this with a box of dynamite. Amusingly, [[spoiler: he survived the explosion]].
* UndeadChild: One scene has the group fighting against a vampire girl. It takes all of them to restrain and kill her.
* VampireMonarch: Marlow appears to be this for the rest of the vampires. [[spoiler: After he dies, the rest just wander around aimlessly, indicating he may have had some mind control over them which has lifted now.]] Lilith is referred to as Vampire Queen in the sequel ''Dark Days''.
* VampireWannabe: The Stranger, who paves the way for the vampires by stealing and destroying the town's means of communication in exchange for being turned. [[spoiler:[[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness They don't]].]]
* VillainExitStageLeft: The remaining vampires just... walk around, because it's not even clear if they are trying to run away or hide from the incoming sun.
%%* WalkingBackwards
* WhereIsYourXNow: Marlow says what amounts to "Where is your God now?" in a subtler form.
-->'''Lady victim''': Oh...God.\\
'''Marlow''': God? (looks around, [[FauxAffablyEvil frowns and shakes his head 'sadly']]) No God.
* WheresTheFunInThat
-->'''Denise:''' Neither of you are getting me alone. Neither!
-->'''Aaron:''' Ah! We share, right? None of us have to be greedy.
-->'''Gabe:''' Yeah, come on. We'll be good.
-->'''Aaron:''' Oh, you will? Where's the fun in that?
%%* WithCatlikeTread
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler: Carter lost his wife and kids in an accident and hardly can live on without them. The idea of spending an eternity without them is unbearable for him. He lets himself be killed instead.]]
* WoundedGazelleGambit: The vampires set up a trap early on by having a lone girl wandering around, shouting for help. Anyone who comes out to help gets eaten. Eben catches onto the trick and is ForcedToWatch as the vampires proceed with killing the girl for failing.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The vampires kill the girl they were using as bait when she fails to attract anyone. Marlow also kills [[spoiler:The Stranger after he's prepared the way for the vampires (who had promised they'd turn him)]], saying to the others "The things they'll believe."
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler: When Eben [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome punches out Marlow]].]] One vampire's head gets blown off by a shotgun blast and (apparently) killed earlier too.
* ZombieInfectee: [[spoiler: Carter]]. Though in a twist he doesn't wait until it's too late, just until there's a proper moment to deal with the problem. He chooses to be killed rather than fully turn into a vampire.