Fright Night Reviewed

I’ve had enough of vampire films. With the introduction of the Twilight saga it seems to be all about tragic love stories and broody emo vampires. Whatever happened to the good old self confident air from a 400 year old vampire who toys with you and plays with your fear before finally sinking his teeth into your neck. He has no agenda but to suck your blood and that’s because he’s just evil that way.

Have you seen the original Fright Night? This movie is cult status along with the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now Dreamworks has done a remake, so to watch or not? Let’s find out.

The Plot

Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all-he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door.

He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right-and everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this revamp of the comedy-horror classic.

The Verdict

This remake is told in the same old school style of a vampire moving in next door. Yes it’s predictable because it’s got that cheesy 80s horror tune but it’s so refreshing at the same time.

I think of this movie as a confident horror story telling movie with intelligent play on loud horror noises to scare you and great CGI effects. It’s chilling and has some good comedy elements. Colin Farrell as the vampire Jerry oozes with this macho confidence only someone who has lived for 400 years would have. I think the best part about his performance and the show in general is that it never goes over the top. It’s very charming, slick and chilling in terms of portrayal

I said before that Anton Yelchin is going to be a great actor. Ever since I saw him in JJ Abrams Star Trek and then in Terminator Salvation as Kyle Reese, I knew there was something about this guy. He’s believable in every aspect. Yes he’s not a big guy but he’s always a character with heart, brave but clearly scared out of his wits at the same time. This guy has huge potential and will no doubt become a great actor in Hollywood.

David Tennant was the icing on the cake for his portrayal of Peter Vincent, Vampire slayer. He provided that dark humour and was brilliant in trying to be this larger than life character who is in fact a coward.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Its the overall mix in terms of casting that works for this film. It isn’t a large cast but they gel well and everyone doesn’t overplay their parts. I know the Twilight fans will disagree with me but this movie has rescued the vampire genre. Focus not on brooding heartthrobs but on a wickedly entertaining mix of laughs and scares.

Photos courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Singapore

Fright Night opens in cinemas 22 September

By Connor J. Bale – Movie Maniac

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