In Alaska’s northernmost town, it is dark for 30 days straight every year. A group of vampires shows up, cuts off the town’s means of travel and communication with the outside world and gets ready to have a feast.

The vampires speak in laughably cryptic maxims, like they've just read Art of War. The script, based on the graphic novels, seems to hint at something more interesting to their story than the film actually captures.

The vampires, with their perpetually blood-smeared mouths, are legitimately grotesque. However, like most modern-day horror, the film chooses to indulge in easy gore rather than taking the time to build any suspense. The film also suffers from lead actor Josh Hartnett’s squinty-eyed, vacuous approximating of emotions.

Grade: B-

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