Of all the graphic novel adaptations, 30 Days of Night is one of the best because it sticks to everything that makes the source material scary as hell. The original, written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith, is one of the most gruesome things I’ve seen in print. It actually made vampires cool again, when nearly everything else (what up, Twilight) was trying to de-fang them. Like the novel, the film is stylized just enough to seem comic-y, and the vampire are exactly how Templesmith drew them. But, the flick tries stretching a 50-page comic into a full-length film, so every once in a while it gets a little slow. As in real slow. But hey, that’s why you drink, right?
The only thing better than watching horror films? Watching horror films and drinking beers. Drinking lots of beers. The Macabre Bros. give the Internet what it so desperately wants with The Drinking Games, an ongoing series of liver-testing games tailor-made for horror films. Be warned: The rules occasionally give away twists, plot points and other spoilers, so we recommend seeing the films first. Now, let’s get rowdy.
H = Take a hit.
D = 1 drink of beer.
S = 1 shot of the hard stuff. I’d say anything dark and nasty for this one, just like Alaskan winter.
X = Strikeout. Take a hit, take a shot, then blow the hit out.
Our rules call for 1 drink at every:
– sex scene
– boob sighting
– jump scare
The Rules (red = basic rules)
When we first meet the twisted fuck (creepy-ass Ben Foster) who set this all up — D
The last day of sun, guys. Gotta party while we can — H
Oh Josh Hartnett, you heartthrobbed your way through the late ’00s (first sighting) — D
Oh Melissa George (aka Hartnett’s ex Stella), you…were in Alias (first sighting) — D
YOU DIRTY DOG MURDERER — D
Every time Stella OR Hartnett’s brother is in danger (like the Jaws of Life snowplow crash) — D
Bummer, looks like you’re stranded with your ex for a month *wah wah* — D
Every time the group finds a new hideout (the sheriff’s station, the diner, the attic, the grocery store, etc) — D
When that poor, poor power station guy Gus gets totally surrounded and toyed with by the vamps — Chug (start when he sees them, end when he’s dead)
“No whiskey, no rum?” — OPTIONAL shot
The two times that grandma’s pot and grow lamps are brought up — OPTIONAL hit
When Hartnett finds Gus, or at least most of him — D
When we first meet the vamp leader — D
The Main Street Barrow bloodfest begins — Cheers and 2 drinks
When super-strong vamps toss a fucking car…AND THEN GET NAILED WITH A PLOW — D
When Hartnett takes an ax to good ol’ John — D
Finally, a blizzard. Let’s take a stroll to the grocery store — D
When Hartnett’s bro takes an ax to a tiny little schoolgirl — S
Snowplow Beau goes all homicidal rampage on the vamps — D
Holy shit, deputy Billy went batty. So much kid killing in this one — D
You knew the utili-door jaws would strike. But did you expect Hartnett to ax two friends? — 2 drinks
Only in a vampire film will you see a dude inject himself with another dude’s blood — D
When Hartnett and head vamp finish going mano a mano — X