Writer Steve Niles and illustrator Ben Templesmiths three-issue comic-book series, originally published in 2002, spawned a franchise and, now, a big-screen adaptation by doing little more than drenching the centuries-old vampire myth in just a little more gore something for the kids. Director David Slades stab at the story is actually rather ordinary, a grisly game of hide-and-seek pitting the towns few survivors (among them Josh Hartnett as the sheriff) against the bloodsucking gang, led by Danny Huston, who speaks in a foreign tongue just for extra spookiness. The promise of endless night is misleading; they should have called this 30 Days for Night because the things as brightly lit as any MGM musical, despite the power being out all over town. Alas, there are much larger problems, chief among them that the movie just isn't very scary. And perhaps thats the point: Its as much a Western as it is a horror film, with Harnett as Will Kane and Hustons posse as the evildoers come to do him in. Get it? High Noon where its always midnight. Shrug. Still, its the best thing Hartnetts ever done; the undead sure do have a way of making him look, ya know, alive.
David SladeBen Foster, Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Kate O'Rourke, Manu Bennett, Craig Hall, Megan Franich, Ben Fransham, Mark Boone JuniorSteve Niles, Stuart BeattieSam Raimi, Robert G. TapertSony Pictures/Columbia