Movie Review: Fright Night (2011)

Details from IMDB:

Fright Night (2011)

R  106 min  –  Comedy | Horror   –  19 August 2011 (Canada)

Ratings: 6.8/10 from 9,638 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 120 user | 234 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

A teenager suspects that his new neighbour is a vampire.

Initial thoughts:

This movie is a remake of the 1985 version (I’ve seen this one as well). So you have a rough idea what to except but there was several pleasant surprises. Colin Farrell is kind of a hit and miss actor for me, I’ve seen him in good stuff but other things have been awful (Alexander for example) but this movie was one of his better ones.

Main Points:

This movie doesn’t take itself or vampires too seriously, which is fine. I liked how they had pop culture references to Twilight and Buffy here. Of course David Tennant was a treat as Peter Vincent. I am a fan of him from Doctor Who (in fact he’s one of the only Doctor’s I liked and watched). I loved how they made fun of “Gerry the Vampire” until things got serious.

The movie is set in modern day and the fact that vampire culture has become so accepted would mean that a REAL vampire could actually blend in fairly easy. For me one of the stumbling blocks on the movie was Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from Superbad). I’ve never fun him very funny, usually he’s just annoying and he continues to the same in this film.

Colin Farrell does a good job as a vampire, he manages to be creepy and still has fun with this over-the-top role. The effects are good in this film and not over gruesome. I like how Gerry has the clever idea to just blow the house up rather than bother with an invitation Smile

SPOILER ALERT!

Obviously Gerry is killed and they take the neat (and lazy way out) of saying that once the head vampire is slain, all his other victims revert to their human forms. Charlie (the hero) ends up with his girlfriend and Peter Vincent redeems himself as a hero and ends up his friend.

Conclusion:

This is obviously not a serious movie about vampires but if you take it for what it is a campy, fun re-make than you’ll enjoy it. One last comment is that a lot of the time it was hard to see what was going on as it was just too dark, I guess that wanted to create atmosphere but I just found it annoying. I give it 7/10, it is not quite as good as the original but enjoyable and certainly worth a look for a vampire fan.

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1 Comment

  1. Thank for the review! I was wondering if it would be worthwhile since i saw the 1985 version. 😀


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