Dreamworks and Disney studios (yes, Disney studios) bring another remake to the big screen that frightens…for all the right and wrong reasons.
Being heralded as a pretty decent remake that appropriately pays tribute to its original and adds just enough extra, I still didn’t find it to be one of the “best vampire movies” that is “surprisingly fresh and original” as some reviews on the web state.
Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, David Tennant, and others, team up to bring the tale of the “undercover” vampire neighbor next door (Farrell) that haunts and hunts the neighborhood kid (Yelchin) that stumbles upon his dark secret, only to turn around and be hunted by that same neighborhood kid.
One of the best aspects of this film is the usage of vampire lore of old. No, I’m not saying that Dracula shows up, or that people are running around with necklaces made of garlic cloves, BUT a lot of different rules of traditional vampire lore play a big part in this film. Quite the opposite, thankfully, from what is seen in “pretend vampire flicks” that are abundant nowadays. You know what I’m talking about! <COUGH!–“twilight”–COUGH!>
Farrell’s acting in this film is the best part of it. Creepy, frightening, haunting, hungry, dark, and evil, he also plays the part of dashing, smooth, flirty, cool, and innocent very well. He impressed. The rest of the cast: mediocre at best, but as far as B-movies are concerned, I’ll give them an “A” for effort! Perhaps the funniest of them all being David Tennant and his role as Peter Vincent, the occult master/vampire specialist/illusionist who is riding his fame for as much as it’s worth, until he must practice what he preaches!
Having not completed the original one from 1985 (it’s on Netflix for those of you interested) I cannot go into great depths of comparison between the two. But I can say this: for some halfway decent entertainment, no sparkling vampires, usage of an accurate cast, and a tedious and scary trip with several forced laughs and a few gasps, go check out Fright Night. Sure it’s got some unbelievable parts in it…but, come on…it’s a vampire flick!
Oh, and the 3D? I wouldn’t say that it’s worth the extra $ for 3D, but if that’s your thing…do it!
Here’s what some other fans had to say about the film. Courtesy my friend Casey Messer and First Fans!
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Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!
–TheSp1der’s Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars for “Fright Night” A great B-movie, just not an A-movie!
Did you see it? What did you think? Share your thoughts.