I wasn’t a huge fan of 2007’s “30 Days of Night,” so it’s no surprise that I’m not terribly enthusiastic about the recently released, straight-to-DVD sequel “30 Days of Night: Dark Days.” If this follow-up unfolds like the original, it will prove to be a mediocre horror flick conceived from an above-average premise that packs a handful of memorable moments, decent performances, and a few chills here and there, but little more.
Then again, we’re talking about a straight-to-DVD title, a film segment that doesn’t exactly have a reputation for churning out Oscar-caliber entertainment. That being the case, I will be sitting out this return trip to Barrow, Alaska, where Stella Oleson (Kiele Sanchez) and her merry band of vampire hunters will once more battle the undead through 30 days of perpetual darkness.
Admittedly, this trailer does a decent job of making the film seem appealing and I’m also intrigued by the fact that Sanchez played the infamous and much-hated Nikki Fernandez for three seasons on the TV series “Lost.” What’s so intriguing about that, you might ask? Well, not much, really, taken by itself, but “Dark Days” also stars Harold Perrineau, who — you guessed it (or maybe not) also starred on “Lost” as notorious turncoat Michael Dawson — none of which has much to do with the entertainment value of “Dark Days,” but I’m always curious about behind-the-scenes Hollywood networking. Tinseltown Networking or no, however, I’m starting to ramble.
“30 Days of Night: Dark Days,” directed by Ben Ketai and also starring Rhys Coiro, Diora Baird and Mia Kirshner, is now available on DVD.
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I liked the first one. Ben Foster made it worth watching and Josh Hartnett didn’t annoy me.