Review of ‘Fright Night’
Since the Fright Night remake starring Colin Farrell is now out on DVD I was finally able to give it a watch – and I wasn’t disappointed.
A remake of the 1985 original, Fright Night tells the tale of teenager Charley Brewster, who guesses that his new neighbor, Jerry Dandrige, is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him he enlists Peter Vincent, a self-proclaimed vampire killer and Las Vegas magician, to help him take down Jerry.
Ok, I’ll get this out right away – I have never seen the original Fright Night (I know, tsk tsk), so if you’re hoping for a comparison of old and new, you won’t get it. Now onwards!
The film starts off to a bloody and horrific start, which lets you know right off the bat that the vamp in this movie is not a sweet angst-ridden romantic, but a cold-hearted killer. So if you’re looking for badass vampires, you’ll get it Fright Night.
The eerie tone continues through most of the movie, there are a few funny one liners thrown in between to lighten the mood, but for the most part they keep it dark and haunting, building up to the big bad drama. The chilling music adds to the effect. While a new movie, Fright Night still had that classic horror flick vibe.
One thing I really didn’t care for in the movie was the occasional cheesy and cliché dialogue. It wasn’t all bad, but there were a few scenes that had my eyes rolling. Fortunately, those lame lines were limited and the rest were much more fitting for a horror movie.
As for the actors – Colin Farrell was excellent as Jerry! He pulled off the awkward guy next door act and the role of terrifying killer flawlessly. I love how he played the part, he really was believable as a ruthless vampire trying to appear normal. David Tennant was also amazing. His character, Peter Vincent, was awesome and David kicked ass playing him. I liked Anton Yelchin as well, he was a great Charley. As for some of the other younger actors, well, I wasn’t impressed with them. Honestly, I found the leading lady, Charley’s girlfriend, downright terrible. I really wished they would have picked another actress for Amy, one that actually knew how to act. But other than that I think the actors rocked in this movie.
Overall, I really enjoyed Fright Night. This isn’t a movie for the vampire fans that love romances or deep dramas, this one is for the horror fans, the people that love gory scenes and love being scared out of their seat every 10 minutes. It’s a good ol’ horror movie.
Have any of you seen it? If so, what did you think?
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).