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Fright Night

Imagine your neighbour tries to seduce your mum, steals your girl, ruins your property, makes a meal out of your friends and uh, oh yeah, is a vampire named Jerry. Gives a whole other meaning to the term ‘neighbours from hell’ doesn’t it? (Pardon the rather pathetic pun).

Craig Gillespie’s comedic remake of the 1980’s cult classic horror Fright Night focuses upon a small town just outside of Las Vegas whose latest resident has some deadly nocturnal activities.

An ordinary and slightly geeky teenager, who strangely enough has friends and the beautiful girlfriend that’s way out of his league, is the ‘unlucky’ victim that gets Colin Farrell (Phone Booth 2002, Miami Vice 2006, Horrible Bosses 2011) as his bloodthirsty neighbour- why this would be a problem I don’t know! The film follows the boy’s attempts to destroy Farrell before he bleeds the town dry and has his wicked way with his mum played by Toni Collette (Muriel’s Wedding 1994, The Sixth Sense 1999, Little Miss Sunshine 2006). To accomplish this he seeks the help of David Tennant, the former Doctor Who (2005-2010); that brilliantly plays the role of Vegas vampire slayer showman Peter Vincent.    

Fright Night’s younger cast members are definitely one’s to look out for as the next Hollywood generation of promising actors. Anton Yelchin, who is better known for his role in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek (2009) as Chekov and a young Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation (2009) opposite Christian Bale, plays the geek with game Charley Brewster to perfection with his slight frame and unconventional looks. I would even go as far to say that Yelchin was better suited to the role than the original Brewster in Tom Holland’s Fright Night (1985).

Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who shall forever be known in our hearts as McLovin from Superbad 2007, is Ed a certified geek that hasn’t been able to make the transition to popularity and is a continual embarrassment to Charley. Surprisingly he didn’t do justice to the standard already set by Stephen Geoffreys as Holland’s Evil Ed, who demonstrated a freakishly good portrayal. Newcomer and English actress Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later 2007) is casted as Charley’s girlfriend Amy and Dave Franco, younger brother to The Rise of the Planet of the Apes star James Franco, is the local bully.   

It was a delight not to sit and watch yet another film about the sympathetic vampire; key word here being PATHETIC! Twi-hard fans will no doubt consider my words blasphemous, but I’ve had just about as much I can stand of the infuriating tortured soul routine of The Twilight Saga (2008-2010); I loathe Edward. Although, I was disappointed in the lack of sexiness in this Fright Night, the previous was actually bordering on erotica, yet it stayed true to the ‘rules’ that generally and typically vampires are sexual deviants that LOVE sex. Colin Farrell is sexy, but Jerry Dandrige is pretty tame as far as sex addicted vamps go.    

Craig Gillespie’s Fright Night is a decent remake that is in some ways superior to its predecessor because it holds greater significance to a modern audience that is more sophisticated in their reading of film texts. Also the technical advancement of CGI and 3-D viewing for an interactive experience is particularly valuable to the horror genre for scare tactics. It was thoroughly entertaining and is a great Friday night film to watch with a group of friends. It’s not quite a scare-tastic horror, but you’ll have a good laugh.

Fright Night is out this Friday.

Check out the trailer below!


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