Fright Night (2011)

Posted: December 18, 2011 in Movie Review
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Fright Night (2011)

Directed By: Craig Gillespie

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collette

Subgenre: Vampires

Fright Night 2011

Synopsis: Charlie Brewster is your average teenager living in suburban Las Vegas, dealing with the pressures of growing up; school, girls, and the vampire next door.

Thoughts: Not that it ever stops Hollywood, but it is always difficult to successfully remake a horror classic.  It’s been done a few times (see Dawn of the Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes) and Fright Night comes close.

I think that the remakes that do the best are the ones that take the general idea and storyline and develop their own ideas.  Fright Night does just that.  It is updated and changed, for the better, in many places.   

I also thought the cast was great.  Two of my bigger worries with the cast prior to seeing this in the theatre were with Farrell and Mintz-Plasse.  Colin Farrell put my fears to rest in short order and gives one hell of a show as Jerry.  He’s not suave and smooth like Chris Sarandon in the original, but plays more of a predator, both in the human sense and the vampire sense. Evil Ed is toned down a bit in the remake as well, something that I appreciated.  One of the biggest surprises was David Tennant.  Now, I’m not a Dr Who fan, so I had no idea who Tennant was, so when he stole every scene he was in, I was pleasantly surprised.  Overall, the casting was a homerun for Fright Night.

I thought Craig Gillespie was a bit of an odd choice to direct a horror movie, with his previous effort Lars and the Real Girl, but he did a really good job.  There were some pretty tense chase scenes that were shot with great effect, especially the one at the beginning of the movie.  I look forward to seeing what else Gillespie can do.

Fright Night was shown in 3D in theatres, so a lot of the FX were done in CGI.  When watched at home, the CGI blood looks pretty awful, but such are the times with CGI.  There were also a few other dodgy spots, mostly around some of the transformations, but that’s about the only downside to Fright Night, at least in my eyes.


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