lewisb548 -> FRIGHT NIGHT- FUNNY AND SCARY. (10/9/2011 5:06:42 PM)
Its always a worry when a new neighbour arrives, well lets just say my neighbours are total fucking assholes but I prefer them to the likes of Jerry in Fright Night.
The storys a nice blend of comedy and horror, Anton Yelchin playing our hero Charley is one of the cool kids, he went from geek to cool and due to that he now has a very pretty girlfriend Amy (Imogen Poots.) and Charley has come to neglect his former best friend "Evil" Ed Lee.
Charley is living the good life until Ed confronts Charley and explains that Jerry, Charleys new neighbour is a vampire, well Colin Farell has good fun as Jerry the physcopathic sarcastic and remorsless vampire from next door.
So in an attempt to kill of Jerry, Charley recruits Peter Vincent ( a foul mouthed David Tennant.) to kill the charming but deadly Jerry.
Well that plan doesn't work out so well because Peter Vincent is a total fucking coward who prefers hiding in his panic room to confronting a vampire, well to be fair, he has good reason because years ago Jerry slaughtered poor old Peters family.
Well in all fairness Fright Night was scary but the scares went out the window just after the third act when things became a bit predictable.
Thats not to say I saw everything coming, some parts had me scared shitless but I was holding in my breath due to the fact me and my mate were the only boys at fridays showing of Fright Night. And yes the girls did give me the eyes.
Now the girls are fairly underwritten in Fright Night, Imogen Poots makes her mark and is a step up from the likes of dumb blondes running up stairs and investigating strange noises in horror films. She makes her mark and is present when gore comes about but after 28 weeks later, shes kind of used to gore, I assume.
And Charleys mother a charming Toni Collette makes a nice little appearance but after her house gets blown to shit, she takes a sit-down for the rest of the film and doesn't show up till the last few minutes of the film, well lets just say she didn't make her mark.
Jerry definetely did, but mostly on peoples throats, Colin Farells talent is wasted on him playing good guys and he proves to be a fairly seductive, charming, funny and scary character in Fright Night, whether its destroying a house, ripping throats out or eating apples, Jerry steals the show for the most of the film but his character sinks into the background far too quickly towards the conclusion.
Now Anton Yelchin puts on his best performance to date as Charley, too be fair we aren't always in favour of Charleys actions, especially at the start of the film when he begins to neglect his ex-best mate Ed, when Ed simply looking for a friend comes across as a pest. There is one particular scene which tugs at your heart strings when Charley pushes his ex-best mate to the ground and he truly has become the thing he used to hate, one of the cool kids, but thats not to say I'm always in favour of Ed, because he does transform into a vampire after being persuaded by Jerry, now when CGI begins appearing as the vampires transform its less scary and more funny because of how stupid they look.
Well towards the end of the film everyone started to look a little stupid.
The 3D is entirely pointless and we needed to see more Jerry but Tennant appears and takes his place as the foul mouthed scene stealing Peter Vincent, the apparent vampire expert, but the truth is I could have told you everything he told Charley.
Fright night is a bit like a tribute to both the original and fellow vampire films.
Over the years vampires are now "IN." and werewolfs are out.
This isn't Twilight mostly because Fright Night isn't shit and Twilight is.
When Charley becomes suspicious of Jerry its almost like Disturbia with vampires and sneaking into Jerrys house was a thrilling part of the film.
The set pieces deserve mention because they were scary,eery and its obvious a lot of effort was put into them, but the conclusive vampires lair set piece, failed to amuse and left me wondering "now why couldn't it have been better?"
Fans of the original will think exactly that after watching, but I prefer this one.
Fright Night is funny scary and gory, with great performances. 9/10 4 stars.