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The vampires speak a completely original language. It was created for the film with the help of a linguistics professor at a New Zealand university.
Steve Niles originally conceived the story as a film. After years of rejection by studios, it was reworked into a comic book. Eventually, a studio that rejected the original screenplay went for the comic version.
Shot in New Zealand. Nearly half of the cast is Kiwi or Australian.
Josh Hartnett did his own stunts. Melissa George did most of her own driving.
Most of the night shots were shot during the day, using the day-for-night process.
A picture of Steve Niles, who wrote the original comic book, hangs in the attic hideout.
The little girl vampire has arm tattoos that are visible for a few frames. The stick figure-like tattoo on her right arm is the logo of German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten.
All of the vampires have names, but they're not mentioned until the end credits.
WILHELM SCREAM: Heard after a man is thrown off a metal roof by a vampire during the initial attacks on Barrow.
In the comics, the head vampire Vicente travels to Barrow to stop the other vampire's plans in order to preserve the secrecy of vampires.
According to the DVD commentary, Josh Hartnett was sick with mono for two weeks of filming. During that period, he had to fly to Venice, London, New York, and Los Angeles for premiers of The Black Dahlia (2006).
Filmed in 70 days.
According to David Slade, veteran director Sam Raimi was slated to direct the film when the script was in its earliest stages; then Raimi opted to produce instead.
In Australia, the film was initially classified R18+ - a restricted rating. Icon Films decided to appeal the decision and won. The released film was classified MA15+, allowing a wider audience to see the film. However, posters were printed with the R18+ rating. Icon quickly had MA15+ stickers dispatched to cover over the rating.
The story was originally conceived as a comic book series but after initial discussions it was changed to a film pitch. When that didn't work out, IDW Publishing made it as a three-comic miniseries before it was adapted into a film.
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In the comics, the hero's name is Eben Olemaun which was changed to Eben Oleson for the film.
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Prints were shipped to some theaters under the fake title "Red Impression".
To most people, there seems to be 1 bald vampire, which is Arvin, but on the scene where Marlow is telling his group to destroy everything and give them nothing to suspect, there's another bald vampire in front of Marlow as he stands up, in which he appears to be Asian, and have a mysterious tattoo on the right side of his head. You can tell them apart by the outfit, Arvin having a flannel shirt/jeans, the other one having a suit on.
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On its first run past the Australian censors, the film received a restricted R18+ classification. Wanting a less hard rating, distributor icon Films appealed the decision, and the film was given a lighter MA15+ rating.
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Rey-Phillip Santos was originally cast as the vampire Arvin.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This film is not the first time Mark Boone Junior has played a vampire killer who meets his end at the hands of the head vampire. The same thing happened in John Carpenter's Vampires (1998).
The Stranger and the grandmother were killed in the original script. The scenes where Eben and Stella find The Stranger in the station, and when Marlowe comes back to him, were written during production and squeezed into the shooting schedule with the understanding that they would probably not be used.
There are a number of similarities to the Stephen King story 'Salem's Lot.
  • Both stories center on a small town whose citizens are killed by vampires and the small group who fights back.
  • 'Salem's Lot's head vampire is named Barlow. 30 Days of Night's head vampire is similarly named Marlow.
  • The Stranger, the human servant of Marlow, prepares the town for the arrival of the vampires just as Straker prepared 'Salem's Lot for Barlow.
  • The town burns down in the end. 'Salem's Lot by the heroes, Barrow by the villains.
  • One half of a romantic couple is turned into a vampire. Susan in 'Salem's Lot and Eben in 30 Days of Night.
  • Both head vampires are killed while the other remaining vampires escape.

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