Fright Night Reviews
A lot of vampire films tend to take themselves too seriously. Others just go for really over the top action like Blade and Underworld.
Colin Farrell plays the part of the vampire very well. Especially in the sense that you like him even though he's the villain. Much in the same way I liked Kiefer Sutherland's David in The Lost Boys.
Overall I enjoyed this enough to want to see it on more than one occasion. An achievement not many modern day vampire flicks can (Twilight of course is included in this).
Having seen the original, I like this even more than I did the first time I saw it. The original is nowhere near as good. Also kudos to David Tennants performance.
The easiest way to sum up this film, is that in a time of Twilight and Underworld, its refreshing to see a Vampire film return to its more traditional lore. I found myself enjoying every minute. Its not often you see a film in which all actors are able to play their part, but I was never once annoyed by poorly delivered lines, due in part to the great directing. A fun indy sound track keeps things fresh, but it stays very true to the original film without being a carbon copy. One of my favorite things was the actors; I cant stress enough how much I dislike Colin Farrel, but he did so well, I am now a believer. As for Yelchin, I've yet to see him in a bad role. Even the supporting cast was stunning. Visually the film stayed believable until one sequence at the end where there was entirely too much CG, but it still wasn't awful. Over all, it was creepy, tense, funny, and suspenseful. It is a definite must see, and the best start to the years horror line up. Fans of the original and new ones alike will be able to enjoy this one!
Cursed, campy, dated, superfluous and plagued by bad reviews, "Remake" in Hollywood has become word that-must-not-be-used; especially when attached to one of the most flogged to death cinematic concepts of the day Vampires.
That said Australian-born Director Craig Gillespie has paid ironic homage to Todd Holland's 1985's iconic horror meets humour "Fright Night". The blend of self-referential mocking, legitimately chilling sequences and premise improvement not only stands apart from the rehash pack but might actually be superior to its predecessor.
In a nondescript pop-up suburban neighbourhood far from the bright lights of downtown Las Vegas, recently deemed cool teenager Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) and his real estate peddling divorcée mother Jane (Toni Collette) muddle over the bizarre vibes of their new neighbour Jerry (Collin Farrell).
Not the ideal neighbour, Jerry's windows are blackened out, he has an unsightly dumpster full of debris from interior renovations on his drive and never leaves the house before dusk. But hey, it's Vegas, the city of night and a self-described "transient community"; seems reasonable enough.
Until Charlie's before-cool dweeby best friend Ed (Christpher Mintz-Plasse) convinces him otherwise; claiming that the disappearances of school classmates is the direct work of Jerry, a non-threateningly named but no-less lethal vampire.
Disregarding Ed as "watching too many movies", Charlie quickly begins to suspect foul play when not only Ed go missing, but so does the bored bloodsuckers nightly visitors. Monitoring his movements, Charlie investigates by breaking into his house using a useful app "how to pick a lock" only to uncover a saw-like closet dungeon where Jerry houses his live victims for convenient draining.
Unable to convince his mum and sexy girlfriend Amy (Imogen Poots) of the danger, Charlie reluctantly enlists help from casino headliner Peter Vincent (Doctor Who's David Tennant). A complete fake on stage as an eccentric rocker come Criss Angel magician, off Vincent is a snooty alcohol swilling but bonafide vampire guru complete with a penthouse museum full of memorabilia, relics and genuine sorcery.
Returning to the eerie isolation of his barren desert home with an arsenal of weapons and some general vampire knowledge, Charlie is determined to destroy the powerful Jerry. But Jerry's having the time of his 400 year old life and adding to his undead ranks. Let the carnage begin.
The dated slice of teenage paranoia has matured nicely over quarter-century, As the tweaked horror reboot makes sly nods to the past combined with tongue-in-cheek sly pop culture references, the original paved the way for the droll horror genre of the "Scream" franchise and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (of whom's veteran writer Marti Noxon scribes here).
Farrell's creative risk pays off as his sexuality and charm ozzes out of Jerry in the creapest way, Mintz-Plasse is the embodiment of the quintessential geek (move over John Cusack) and wayward Englishman Tennant enhances every eyeliner-ladden scene with his sleazy camp delivery and sardonic quips whilst.
The Verdict: Although the CGI is decent, the use of 3D is merely more than a lazy ploy to cash in and darkens each frame. Sharp and loyal to the rules of vampire lore, audiences wont feel the need to hiss, scream and then run in terror. How can anyone not like a vampire who watches The Real Housewives?
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 23/09/2011