If you like your gore straight up, no chaser, see 30 Days of Night. It's got a great idea to go with that grabby title: A band of vampires descends on Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the United States, just when the December sun is about to set and plunge it into monthlong night. Sam Raimi (director of The Evil Dead and Spider-Man movies) and his long-time film partner Rob Tapert co-produced this blood fest.
Starting with the ice-blue-and-white Columbia Pictures "Lady Liberty" logo, it's seductive in its buildup but overall as subtle and, alas, as humorless as a hatchet to the brain.
30 Days of Night (Columbia) Starring Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster, Danny Huston. Directed by David Slade. Rated R. Time 108 minutes.