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Colin Farrell
Toni Collette
Anton Yelchin
David Tennant
Imogen Poots
Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
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Fright Night
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Teenager Charley’s (Yelchin) life is going pretty well. He’s dating the gorgeous Amy (Poots), albeit at the expense of losing his geeky friend Ed (Mintz-Plasse), and is about to finish high school. But then he begins to suspect that new neighbour Jerry (Farrell) is a vampire.

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The advent of a new neighbour is always a worry, especially if he turns out to be a vampire who has turned a blood-shot and hungry eye in your direction. That’s the scenario faced by Charley (Anton Yelchin) in this remake of the 1985 horror-comedy. In a film of several distinct phases, Charley goes from disbelief in vampirism to Cassandra-like prophet to Van Helsing wannabe, as Colin Farrell’s Jerry first toys with and then targets him.

The plot drags at first, so it’s a good thing that Yelchin’s a likable sort. Taller and more imposing than in his teenage roles in the likes of Alpha Dog, he now straddles the line between leading man and dweeby underdog — perfect for Charley, who’s recently undergone his own metamorphosis from geeky outcast to in-crowd boyfriend material for Imogen Poots’ game Amy. Yelchin’s a smart actor, which helps to sell some of Charley’s dumber decisions (don’t run upstairs!). He’s given feisty and funny support by his former best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, playing the same role he always does to good effect).

But this film lives or dies — as did its predecessor — with vampire Jerry and Peter Vincent (David Tennant), the showbiz vampire “expert” called in to consult. As Jerry, Farrell clearly has a ball, abandoning the guilt-ridden persona he’s played in so many recent films for an utterly amoral, remorseless killer who takes considerable glee in toying with mousy Charley before he destroys him. Mixing animalistic behaviour — some wild eye-rolling and sniffing the air — with considerable Irish charm, this, along with Horrible Bosses, suggests that Farrell is wasted playing (usually) nice guys. Tennant, dressed like a doppelgänger of Michael Sheen in Underworld, is hampered by the script’s refusal to give him any punchline that isn’t a profanity — swearing becoming the whole meal here rather than a condiment sprinkled on top.

As the pace builds, tension gives way to terror-attacks by the increasingly uninhibited Jerry and effects begin to come into play for the first time. Here the film missteps a bit, with truly unsettling transformations from human to vampire but a dissatisfying final result. A bit of CG gimmickry amuses but ultimately doesn’t add much — though the pace is exhilarating and the denouement pleasantly gory. Twilight, this ain’t.

Funny and scary — and sometimes both at once — it lives up to the original, even if it fails to surpass it.

Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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RE: What a shame

Well I am also a cineworld customer but I have an unlimited card which originally costs £11.50 per month but has now gone up to a whopping £14.99 per month but to answer your question when I want to watch a 3D film although I have my cineworld card I also have to pay a £1.50 surcharge for the 3D. ... More

Posted by Bighousewill at 14:14, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Fright Night 3D

This film is genuine 3D I do believe that there is only the Fright Night 3D and there are no 2D versions this film is good in 3D it was shot in 3D with 3D camera's I just want to make sure everyone is clear on that. And while I'm here I think trading standards should put a stop to all fake 3D conversions and there are many most recent was Conan 3D where the only 3D is at the title animations and credits animations. ... More

Posted by Bighousewill at 14:10, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post

RE: What a shame

How much does a 3D ticket cost where you live? Our cineworld is £7.80, cheaper on certain days.  Plus they do a card for £14.99 a month - unlimited films.  ... More

Posted by theoriginalcynic at 14:09, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post

RE: What a shame

Guys guys go and watch the 3D version it is a true SHOT in 3D movie there for it is not a con the 3D here is good and it is genuine and it enhances the experience so watch the 3D this is the real deal. ... More

Posted by Bighousewill at 14:06, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post

RE: What a shame

I'm not sure it's been released in 2D anywhere, I think it could be 3D only (though I may be wrong). ... More

Posted by superdan at 12:45, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post

What a shame

I was quite looking forward to this - looks bloody good fun, but just like Bench find a 2D version anywhere!!his is gonna lose mony big time, £20.20 for two tickets - no way! I can buy the Blu Ray for less when it arrives. What a shame ... More

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Posted by gordonsalive at 11:44, 03 September 2011 | Report This Post

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I can't find a cinema showing this in 2D so, sadly, I'll just have to wait for the blu ray. Hopefully that'll be in 2D. ... More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 17:13, 02 September 2011 | Report This Post

Fright Night 3D

I will say something about the 3D this film is shot in 3D! Most films that say they are 3D are actually 3D conversions and usually the only 3D effect you see is at the Titles and and animated cgi end credits, during the film the glasses only serve to bring the picture into focus. Not the case here as I said Fright Night is "SHOT" entirely with 3D camera's. Now I have not seen the original as I was a baby in the eighties. Fright Night is fun it adheres to all the Vampire movie conventio... More

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Posted by Bighousewill at 15:16, 02 September 2011 | Report This Post

"Twilight this aint"??

Sounds great then! Haven't seen it yet but i'll give it 4 stars off the trailer alone ... More

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