Fright Night (2011)
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Being a fan of the original I wasn't expecting much but...damn this was good and fun.
I have great affection for the original Fright Night so admittedly came to this with some trepidation. I wasn't quite prepared for such a terrible, charmless, hopelessly un-frightening film. What was originally a really interesting idea of a normal suburban kid having to protect himself from something massively out of his control is now mostly about a unlikeable teen who is desperate to fit in with the cool kids (read: twats), has to learn how to make out with his hot girlfriend and transforms into an action hero to do it. Gone is the light and shade, the emotional underpinning of the characters. Anton Yelchin is mostly dull in the thankless leading role; Farrell is good casting as Jerry, but is saddled with a paper-thin script and a performance overwhelmed by CGI effects, and he's no Chris Sarandon for sheer creepiness; David Tennant.. would all the lunatic fan-girls take a step back...? It's a terrible performance, mostly the wide-eyed shtick he's been pushing ever since Dr Who made him famous and ruined any sense of subtlety. He pushes every scene too hard and for a character designed for some light relief is singularly tedious and unfunny. The only moment which I thought was memorable was very attractive Imogen Poots smashing very annoying Christopher Mintz-Plasse face in with a mace. I do thank director Craig Gillespie for that. Otherwise spare us from cheap and shitty CGI effects: unconvincing blood splatters, assorted vampires exploding into ash and toothy faces roaring at the camera (presumably for the 3D screenings). Utterly useless.
A fun & largely successful modern day re-imagining, although it does have a tendency to play its hand too quickly. 7/10.
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