August 19, 2011

Fright Night - 2011

Director: Craig Gillespie
Writer: Marti Noxon
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, Sandra Vergara

"He's not brooding, or lovesick, or noble; he's the f***ing shark from Jaws...and I'm insulted that you think I read Twilight." Thanks to his former best friend (Mintz-Plasse), Charlie Brewster (Yelchin) realizes that his new neighbor (Farrell) is a vampire, and when his own mother (Collette) and girlfriend (Poots) are threatened, he must join forces with a British stage magician (Tennant) to defeat this new evil.

In case I was lacking for topics, I watched the original 1985 version of Fright Night before tackling the remake. It was your standard cheesy/campy 80s horror movie, and I'm happy to say the new one is better in nearly every facet. The film is one of the best examples of what a remake could be: updated for the modern age, plotholes and logic reworked, characters more identifiable and developed, plot changed enough to not bore (yet not too much to anger) fans of the original...the list goes on and on. Two performances make this film shine: Farrell and Tennant. As the vampire Jerry, Farrell makes effortless transitions between suave and debonair and literally bloodthirsty, and all while maintaining a spot-on American accent. Tennant, in the role of Peter Vincent, manages to steal every scene he's in (aside from having a far better backstory than his 80s counterpart), and not to worry, Dr. Who fans---he spends the vast majority of his screentime looking quite Doctory, despite what the advertising would have you believe. Definitely worth checking out, both for fans of the original and others...but don't waste your money on 3D. Movies that take place between dusk and dawn need not be any darker visually. B+

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