Fright Night (2011)
Running Time: 106 minutes
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Imogen Poots
Fright Night is a remake of a 1985 film with the same title. It tells the tale of a teenager, Charley (Yelchin) who suspects that his new neighbour, Jerry (Farrell) is a vampire. after the recent disappearances of his best friends. He enlists Peter Vincent (Tennant), a self-proclaimed vampire slayer and a Las Vegas performer, to help him take down Jerry.
Fright Night was surprisingly entertaining, gory, and a straightforward film in the vampire genre. It is filled with comedic moments yet has a fair share of jump-scare moments too. The story used the rules of vampire behaviour as both a fun element and as a skeleton to build the film around. The major problem I had with the film though, is the CGI. It simply made the film less believable and a tad bit irritating since most of the scenes towards the end relied heavily on it. However, the vampire makeup/CGI was amazing to look at, unlike the recent vampire flicks. The film also brought back an element of sexy and darkness in a genre that people seem to have forgotten is related to vampires. In addition, Tenant was brilliant as a Criss Angel-esque performer/vampire slayer. Yelchin as usual brought a sense of vulnerability and humor to his role as the lead. A shoutout to Christopher Mintz-Plasse who did a fantastic job as the geeky best friend.
Overall, Fright Night is a fun-filled vampire film to watch that does not divert too much from the classics with the added modern day flavor.
Rating: 6 out of 10