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

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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