Fright Night (2011)

Fright Night
Director: Craig Gillespie
Writer: Marti Noxon
Remake of: Fright Night
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Sarandon

Plot:
Charley (Anton Yelchin) just went from geek to at least moderately cool, with the help of his girlfriend Amy (Imogen Poots). So when his former best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) tries to convince him that Charley’s new neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell) is actually a vampire, Charley shugs it off. But then Ed disappears and Charley starts to investigate. Soon he really does discover evidence that Jerry is a vampire. And since that discovery threatens Jerry, suddenly everyone Charley holds dear is in danger.

Even though I didn’t like the original all that much, I thought that I would give this one a shot for its cast and I actually hoped that a modernization might make it more accessible if you don’t have the nostalgia factor. Unfortunately that didn’t work out.

David Tennant is fantastic as usual; and it was great to see him in a role like Peter Vincent that is so very different from what he normally plays. He is definitely the best part of the film and the rest of the cast – not even Anton Yelchin – can really keep up with him. Though that is more the problem of Charley’s character than his acting chops.

And I don’t understand how they managed to make Colin Farrell as unsexy as he was. Seriously, he managed to be sexy as fucking Bullseye but when he plays a seductive vampire, suddenly there’s not even a spark?

We get to see way too little of Toni Collette, but Imogen Poots and her Amy surprised me in a very positive way. I liked the both of them a lot.

But I just didn’t care about the whole film at all. I didn’t care what was going to happen to these people or the vampires or whatever. And the soundtrack was really, actively bad. I have never heard such a thing. The movie just doesn’t really have many redeeming features.

Summarising: A fail.

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