Fright Night: Movie Review
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots, David
Tennant, Toni Collette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Director: Craig Gillespie
So it's a remake of the 1985 flick of the same name - and despite the fact
you're probably rolling your eyes wondering if Hollywood's run out of ideas,
this ain't half bad.
Yelchin is Charley Brewster, who lives in a small suburban settlement just
outside Vegas; his mom (Collette) is an estate agent and he's just starting a
new relationship with popular girl Amy (Poots) having graduated to the cool kids
from a group of geeks he used to hang around with.
One of them, Ed (Mintz-Plasse) believes the third member of their former gang
has been taken by a vampire named Jerry (Farrell) who just happens to be
Charley's next door neighbour...
And when Ed goes missing and Charley begins to investigate, it transpires
there may be a grain of truth in the accusations.
Fright Night is a whole bunch of bloody fangtastic fun.
A good horror these days needs several key ingredients in the mix; a dose of
self knowing humour, some genuine scares, spooky atmosphere and some quality
Thankfully, Fright Night has all of that and more.
Colin Farrell pulls a stunningly menacing turn out of the bag as the shifty
and frightening neighbour who just wants to get to know his neighbours; Yelchin
also impresses having enough presence to make you believe he's just graduated
from the geeks to leading man status and David Tennant brings a lizard lounge
swagger to the Vegas magician to give him enough charisma on the screen.
To be honest, the 3D format of this film is a little hit and miss - some of
it's used to have blood splatter come out of the screen at you and that's a
little disappointing. But the FX when the vampires burn up in the sun is
All in all, Fright Night represents a great piece of popcorn entertainment;
it's a clever film whose easy mix of occasional tongue in cheek tone and
masterfully eeked out tension ensure you're kept on the edge of your seat