Fright Night

Apparently this is a remake although I’ll confess to not having seen the original. So lovers of the ‘original’ ought to steer clear of my review because there is bound to be a fair amount of iconoclasm. The story is set somewhere nearLas Vegas, in what appears to be the Nuclear Town set from Indiana Jones 4. Here we find Anton Yelchin and Toni Colette as son and mother who live ordinary, small town lives. Jerry, their neighbour next door, is a hunky vampire played by Colin Farrell. Sounds fun? It’s only just starting.

Yelchin is suitably everyman and it’s refreshing to have a young, slightly nerdy lead that’s fairly quick witted and funny. Think Jonah Hill from Superbad but with social graces. His insanely out-of-his-league girlfriend is played by English (yay!) actress Imogen Poots and she is…well, insanely out of his league. That’s the basic set up to the story, Christopher Mintz Plasse does his usual McLovin act in there somewhere, and things only begin to get messy when Charley (Yelchin) realises that Colin Farrell isn’t an international move star but is a blood sucking night stalker.

The big draw forUKaudiences will be former Timelord David Tennant playing Peter Vincent, the vampire mystic, with camp aplomb. In fact the whole thing has that tongue in cheek feel that post modern horror has required since the birth of the Scream franchise. Yes, there are sly nods to Holy water, crucifixes and silver bullets, the only shame here is that, unlike Scream, it’s done without any really jumpy moments. The 3D is also a bizarre choice and is totally pointless unless you’re a big fan of the unconvincing illusion of being showered in blood. But if you don’t like being scared too badly and quite enjoy funny lines and Imogen Poots, then you could do worse that Fright Night.

Funnier than it is scary, a couple of winning performances will have you rooting for the characters whilst being a little frustrated with its execution.

Title: Fright Night
Director: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, McLovin
Certificate: 15
Running Time: Not very long. 100 minutes?

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