Fright Night (3D)
- Director:Craig Gillespie
- Cast:Toni Collette, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Imogen Poots, David Tennant, Anton Yelchin
- Release Date:September 15, 2011
- Running time:106 minutes
- Film Worth:$7.00
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Stripped of scares or laughs, and with too many vampire flicks saturating the market in the past few years, this remake is pretty much a waste of time.
Remakes can be superfluous at the best of times. Consider that (a) in this case, the original 1985 film was an ironic homage to vampire movies, something which had been done better many times before, (b) the vampire genre has since been flogged to death, and (c) this new version is in quite pointless 3-D - and the superfluity level goes through the roof.
Anyway, Fright Night is slick, effects-riddled schlock, hammy when not intended to be, and ineffective even in its own limited terms. The male lead - or at least the chief goodie - is Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin), a sixteen-year-old Las Vegas high school student. He's popular at school, and is crazy about his girlfriend, Amy (Imogen Poots). His mother (Toni Collette), meanwhile, is rather taken with the new next-door neighbour, Jerry. He's played by the usually impressive Colin Farrell, who compensates for an understandable apparent difficulty in keeping a straight face by being wooden. Jerry is rather charmless, witless and narcissistic, but these are the least of his defects, because he's also - no surprises here - a vampire. Charlie and his former school friend, Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), are onto this fairly quickly, but of course, nobody believes them. And so the carnage and "recruitment" to the ranks of the undead begins. Charlie enlists the reluctant assistance of magician and supposed vampire killer, Peter Vincent (Doctor Who's David Tennant) but, really, you don't want to know...
There's a lot of ludicrously histrionic soundtrack music here, which actually detracts from the atmosphere, and there's precisely nothing unpredictable on offer from Australian-born director, Craig Gillespie (Lars And The Real Girl, Mr. Woodcock). Not for a minute is Fright Night either funny or scary. That's not too good in a comedy horror film.