30 Days of Night is a 2007 Vampire film directed by David Slade and starring Josh Hartnett 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.When the circus comes to town, the sheriff and his estranged wife gather up a group of survivors and plan to survive the 30 days. Hilarity Ensues.Also it's an adaptation of the first book from a graphic novel series of the same name, written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith.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.
Could also apply as Big Sister Instinct to Stella, who protects Jake just as fiercely as her estranged husband does.
Bittersweet Ending: 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.
Black Eyes of Evil: 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 sharklike and sociopathic.
Black Speech: 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 terrifying screams.
Chekhov's Gun: The large, grinding machine is constantly active throughout the movie for no real justifiable reason and, unsurprisingly, a vampire is thrown into it not long after the survivors reach the plant.
Composite Character: Marlow in the film is a combination of the character of the same name from the comics and another Vampire called Vicente.
Curb-Stomp Battle: 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.
Decapitated Army: Literally. After Eben blows Marlowe's brain out, the rest of the vampires just stumble around, not sure what to do.
Determinator: Eben. Clearly outpowered, outnumbered and succumbing to vampirism. And yet he still fights back.
Dwindling Party: Five people survive from the whole group. And the town of 152.
For Want of a Nail: 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. 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. 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.
Heroic Sacrifice: Eben becomes a Vampire knowing full well it was the only way to successfully 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 leaderless and scared shitless he lets himself be turned to ash by the sun. Some view this as a Stupid Sacrifice, but really, there weren't many other options.
Mercy Kill: From Eben to 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. The scene is a Tear Jerker.
Billy get one too. It's messy, but still much more gentle than any other option.
Interestingly, Marlowe has one as well. Killing his lover, Iris, after she had been burned over half her body.
The Night That Never Ends: A twisted version, vampires don't cause the absence of sun but they take advantage of the fact that it's naturally absent for the titular month.
Promotion to Parent: 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.
The Quisling: Unintentionally, the girl used as bait. She helps vampires, because it's better than being killed on spot. It's more than obvious that she is heavily traumatised by this. And when there is no-one else to eat...
Race Lift: Not only are the paunchy, late-thirties, happily married main couple made buff, mid-twenties, and sexily divorced; 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. In the film, he's a human being who hopes his vampire masters will reward him.
Sadistic Choice: Vampires set up a trap early on - a lone girl is wandering around, shouting for help. Heroes can choose - die, going for impossible rescue or let her die. A scene later Eben is Forced to Watch as the vampires proceed with killing the girl.
Scylla and Charybdis: When the whole town burns, Stella and Gail are hiding beneath car wreck. Their options are either to run away, being killed almost on the spot... or burn alive.
Shout-Out: The little girl vampire has a tattoo of 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.
Shur Fine Guns: Billy can't shoot himself because the gun jams. Clearing weapons is never an option.