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Fright Night Review

Max’s Rating: 6.5/10
Player Affinity Composite Rating: 6.5/10
(2 reviews total)

Remakes are just not going away. Folks have already written countless of
pieces on the nature of remakes in modern filmmaking, with the top discussions of interest being their pros, cons
and need to exist at all. One thing
becoming increasingly common in the remake field is a project where
observers tilt their heads and say, “You’re remaking…that?” This is the
case with Fright Night, a revamp (tehe) of the 1985 cult classic of the same name.

Fright Night stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) as
Charley Brewster, a teenager going through a (typical) social shift in
high school, which includes dumping his former best friend Ed (Christopher
Mintz-Plasse) for a new crowd that includes his new girlfriend Amy
(Imogen Poots). Despite being consistently put off by him, Ed dogs
Charlie on how several of their classmates have gone missing in recent
weeks, claiming the disappearances are the work of a
vampire – specifically Charlie’s new neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell). As
evidence continues to mount against Jerry
and with Ed mysteriously gone missing Charlie
begins to dig deeper into Jerry’s past as bodies begin to mount up.


In terms of remakes, Fright Night is a surprisingly lean affair.
It wastes little time on exposition, throwing the players into the fold
rather early and setting a fun, campy atmosphere. Yes, there will be
organ music. It’s pretty clear the script is from Marti Noxon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
fame), given its quick timing and light use of pop culture barbs.
They’ll no doubt age poorly, but they work well for the time this remake
came.


Let’s be clear. Let the Right One In, this is not. Not by a long
shot. There is no subtlety, no originality and certainly no quiet scenes
of contemplation. This is a straight-up kill fest, except you have
definitely seen more bloody affairs. It’s not as much of a ruckus as it
could have been, but for what you’re given, it’s enough to make you
smile
especially during a scene where Yelchin and Poots are being
pursued and come across countless medieval weapons (makes for some fun
attacks).


Farrell is the star of the show, and he’s in great, creepy form. The
appropriate description is that he has the oozy charm one expects from a
vampire that looks like Farrell. Yelchin is likable enough, though
there’s nothing remarkably special about him that makes us want him to
survive. The always lovely Tony Collette plays Charlie’s mother, but is
given almost nothing to play with. David Tennant (Doctor Who) is the
second-best character here (with virtually all the best lines) as a Criss Angel/Russell Brand hybrid with an affinity for vampire lore.


The film is definitely a fun, bloody ride for fans of the genre. It didn’t really need to get made, but the film world is not necessarily worse for it. It should be noted that there are no scares to be found here
none that
cannot be seen from a mile away at least. That’s not a bad thing because Fright Night is
not about the scares. It’s about the humor and camp atmosphere, both of
which it has. It doesn’t have a ton of it, but enough to warrant a
one-time go around.

Rating: 6.5/10


Fright Night
Directed by Craig Gillespie


Written by Marti Noxon


Starring: Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, David Tennant

Other Player Affinity Reviews

Simon thought: “Not withholding the carnal sin of remaking a cult classic, this update of Fright Night also makes the error of showing its hand too soon, so to speak. The Jaws/Rear Window model is not utilized here, with our young hero Charley once and for all discovering that his new neighbor Jerry is in fact a vampire far too soon into the proceedings; there is no intrigue and little suspense. What we are left with is a full 40 minutes or so of a standard-order battle of good versus evil that overstays its welcome as soon as it crosses that threshold. That being said, the movie is impeccably acted from top to bottom, with an interesting dynamic between Charlie and his too-hot-for-him girlfriend, plenty of laughs and several in-jokes/jabs at the genre conventions. Disturbia, a lose remake of the aforementioned Hitchcock masterpiece, carried a similar modern spin, but kept the tension thick and red herrings plentiful. Fright Night plays it close to the vest and while not a reinvention of the source material from any stretch of the imagination, is one of the better horror remakes in some time – sadly.” Rating: 6.5/10

Player Affinity Composite Rating: 6.5/10
 

Rating
6.5

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