Josh Hartnett Takes on Lethal Vampires in New Movie

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Josh Hartnett Takes on Lethal Vampires in New Movie


Recent Philippines visitor Josh Hartnett stars in Columbia Pictures' new horror-thriller "30 Days of Night" as Eben, the heroic sheriff of Barrow, Alaska which each winter is plunged into a state of complete darkness that lasts 30 days. The cunning, blood-thirsty vampires, relishing in a month of free rein, are set to take advantage, feeding on the helpless residents. It is up to Eben and an ever-shrinking group of survivors to do anything and everything they can to last until daylight.

"30 Days of Night" is based from the graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith. The miniseries - just three books - became a career-defining moment for both. As they brought both a new look and a new story to the vampire legend, Niles' and Templesmith's work has been lauded as a revival of the horror comic.

Hartnett was impressed by the way that the original comic book blended all the best aspects of the genre. "It was funny and scary, a simple story but pure. I especially liked that it was character-driven - if you can follow interesting characters through the story, you can take the leap into their supernatural world."

Before signing on to play Eben, Hartnett met with director David Slade to discuss the director's vision for the film. "We went to a bar that I've been going to since I was 21 - it's very familiar to me. As we were leaving, he took a couple of pictures of this bar and sent them to me in an e-mail a couple days later. The way he exposed them, they looked haunting - I didn't recognize the place. …

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