(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. This week’s entry takes a bite out of a sequel to one of the best vampire movies of the past two decades.)

Vampires are something of a ubiquitous presence in horror films, and while there are more than a few brilliant examples both celebrated and more obscure the bulk seem content with offering basic thrills from head to fangs – they suck your blood, they hate Christian iconography, they can multiply with a bite, etc. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (through its numerous incarnations on the screen) cemented the idea of alluring and debonair vampires wooing the unlucky to their sexy doom, and that remains the most common iteration up through the likes of Interview with the Vampire (1994) and Twilight (2008). Plenty of others have gone different routes from the comedic (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1992) to the artistic (The Hunger, 1983) and the exploitative (Blacula, 1972) to the metaphorical (The Addiction, 1995).

What we don’t get nearly enough of, though, are vampire movies that treat the bloodsucking beasts like the straight-up monsters they are. Forget cool, sexy, and beguiling – sometimes you just want a vampire movie that embraces their visceral nature and delivers sequences of full-on carnage and horror. The best movie to answer that call is David Slade’s 30 Days of Night (2007).

It’s bloody as hell, beautifully shot – that overhead tracking shot is an all-timer – and emotionally horrifying, and if you haven’t seen it (at all or recently) you should probably remedy that. It also received a direct-to-video sequel in 2010 with the redundantly titled 30 Days of Night: Dark Days. Does it live up to the original’s high standards or does it crumble to dust before our eyes?

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30 Days Of Night Red Band Movie Trailer

30 Days of Night

Sony has put the new red band movie trailer for 30 Days of Night on the official website. I’m very surprised at how this film is turning out. I haven’t read the comic book series but have picked it up many times while browsing the shelves at Borders or my local comic shop. The art is nice, and I’ve always found the story concept to be pretty clever. 30 Days of Night basically involves a group of Vampires who take over a town in Alaska where there are, you guessed it, 30 days of night – allowing them to roam free and hunt in public 24/7. This trailer is the perfect case for red band trailers. It’s not overly graphic to be graphic, but shows you a very accurate version of what to expect from the film. Sure, the accurate advertisement happens to be very bloody and intense, but I’m sure the film is as well. But not only does this movie look bloody, but it also looks like it features some good scares. It has the potential to be the best horror film since The Descent. Check out the trailer at this link.

For those of you who don’t know, most movie trailers begin with a green band. That is the all-green graphic that you see at the beginning of movie trailers. This signifies that the trailer adheres to the standards for motion picture advertising outlined by the MPAA, which includes limitations on foul language and violent, sexual, or otherwise objectionable imagery. Trailers that do not adhere to these guidelines may be issued a red band, and may only be shown before an R-rated, NC-17-rated, or an unrated movie. But most movie theaters won’t even run them. So studios sometimes release these trailers online with an age verification system. Unfortunately these age verification systems are very flawed. For instance, I’m well over the age of 21, yet if I enter my information, it does not allow me access to the clip. So a little while ago I wrote an article which tells you how to access a Red Band Movie Trailer. Check it out if you’re having trouble.

30 Days of Night Movie Poster

30 Days of NightI know we’re a little late on this one. The official teaser poster for the big screen adaptation of the popular horror comic series/graphic novel 30 Days of Night hit the web yesterday. We were too busy freaking out that we got quoted in the Hostel 2 television ads to notice. Or may-be we did notice, and somehow it just got lost in the shuffle. Either way, today I bring you this super cool looking poster for 30 Days of Night. I’ve always loved two color posters because of the simpleness. Click on the poster to see it at a higher resolution.
The film is directed by David Slade, a music video turned film director who broke on to the scene with Hard Candy at Sundance 05. The movie stars Josh Hartnett and Melissa George as a married sheriff and deputy in an Alaska town where they encounter a month without daylight. I always was amazed that this idea was never really explored before, because a town like this is a perfect feeding ground for a group of vampires.

30 Days of Night hits theaters on October 19th 2007.