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'30 Days of Night' is better suited for DVD viewing

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2 1/2 stars out of 4

"30 Days of Night" is not bad as far as vampire movies go. As expected, the gore is plentiful as the screeching vampires wreak havoc on a small town, using their pointy teeth and long fingernails. Although the plot follows a predictable horror movie pattern, "Night" is somewhat unique in that it features up-close and clear views of the vampires, and because the vampires speak, albeit in a foreign language. This adds elements of realism and interest because the vampires are not just seen in dimly lit, brief flashes - you clearly see them. The movie has a good pace and, at almost two hours, is the right length.

- Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville

2 stars out of 4

I always enjoy vampire movies, so I was excited to see this one. It would have been better billed as a slasher movie. Usually, you get more story with vampires instead of a simple gore fest. There seemed to be a lot of potential, but the filmmakers missed the mark continuously. Instead, they added distractions like needlessly having the vampires speak their own language. Hartnett performs well. The menacing appearance of the vampires, especially the leader, was another plus. The movie is OK at best. If you have to see it, wait for the DVD.

- Seán Ahern, Buford