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30 Days of Night, Carter Davies (Nathaniel Lees)

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Writeup Rating: 80%
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Film: 30 Days of Night (2007)
Deceased Character: Carter Davies (Nathaniel Lees)
Archetype: Goody (Minor)
Killed by: Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett)
Killed with: Axe

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Written by Old Bluffer 14th Nov 2007

Carter Davies has been bitten during the fracas with the Little Girl Vampire, and as the ever dwindling band of townies shelter in a building he can feel the taint of vampirism beginning to affect him.

This means that all of his teeth start to elongate into savage spikes, he begins to thirst for the blood of his companions and he becomes stronger. He is still in control of his actions though, this isn't like the Rage virus from 28 days later. Eventually he realises he is going to have to come clean, horrifying the rest of the party. Earlier in the film, he'd made some half-hearted effort to volunteer to distract the vampires, but now it seems all the fight has left him. He asks Eben to put him out of his misery by chopping off his head with the axe. The other townies make some token attempt to stop him, but Eben doesn't even pretend to care. Together they go into the adjoining room, and the women cover up their ears as the sound of axe hitting flesh carries through the wall.

An unapologetic Eben emerges, another human dead!

Old Bluffer's thoughts

This scene was actually intended to be quite shocking, but I personally found it a bit difficult to take seriously. This was partly because Carter has one of the least interesting back stories in the film (his wife and kids died, but he didn't tell anyone) but mostly because as Stella Oleson covered up her ears and looked traumatised, all I could hear was Mouseburger giggling away into his popcorn.

Perhaps because of this, I couldn't help think it would have been funny as arse if Carter had emerged from the room with a bloodied axe instead of Eben, having performed a cunning double cross.

There is also the question that begs to be asked, why doesn't Carter go out and try and take a vampire or two with him now that he is stronger and wants to die anyway? We can speculate that this is because he fears that he may join them instead, but the truth is more likely to be that this would spoil the climax of the film...

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Comment 1 by 'Bill' (reply to this comment)
all I could hear was Mouseburger giggling away into his popcorn.
For some reason, that gave me a chuckle.