Fright Night – USA, 2011 – reviews

Fright Night is a 2011 3D comedy horror feature film directed by Craig Gillespie. It is a remake of Tom Holland’s 1985 film of the same name.

The film had its premiere at The O2 in London on August 14, 2011, and was widely released on August 19 in Real D 3D.

Plot:

Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) is a teenager living in a suburb of Las Vegas, Nevada, who discovers that a new neighbor has moved in next door to him. Charley’s former friend, “Evil” Ed Lee (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), informs him that many fellow students have gone missing.

When Charley goes home after school, his mother (Toni Collette) introduces him to Jerry Dandrige (Colin Farrell), their new neighbor. Charley becomes fed up with Ed after he claims that Jerry is a vampire. On his way home, Ed is confronted by Jerry, who bites him. The next day, Charley realizes that Ed is missing and decides to investigate.

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As Jerry begins to attack more people throughout the neighborhood, Charley sneaks into Jerry’s house and finds out that he keeps his victims in secret rooms. Charley goes to Las Vegas magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant, Doctor Who), a supposed expert on vampires…

Reviews:

“It’s smart and funny, but (unlike the original) instantly forgettable, and, crucially, not remotely frightening – even with blood and intestines spattering out in 3D.” Cath Clarke, The Guardian

It’s just flat. Most of the performances are flat, the jokes are flat, and even a lot of the action is flat. The movie just doesn’t have any energy, like everyone showed up for work every day in need of a caffeine shot. It doesn’t totally fail, but it certainly fails to shine…” Will, The Film Reel

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“Filmmakers Craig Gillespie and Marti Noxon appear to have no interest in telling a convincing story or building suspense, and instead focus on being teen-edgy and hip. Colin Farrell hams it up in another over-the-top performance as Jerry the vampire…” I Like Horror Movies

“Perhaps the most fun is in seeing how special effects have advanced during the past 26 years. One novel little scene involves Charley’s mom (underused Toni Collette, The Sixth Sense) attempting to slay Jerry with a real estate yard sign; a squirming, writhing, contorted Jerry scrambles around in the street in a scene of grisly, nasty blend of horror and humor that the bulk of the movie lacks.” Matthew Anderson, Mattywood Blu-ray disc review

Main cast and characters:

  • Anton Yelchin … Charley Brewster
  • Colin Farrell … Jerry
  • Toni Collette … Jane Brewster
  • David Tennant … Peter Vincent
  • Imogen Poots … Amy
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse … Ed
  • Dave Franco … Mark
  • Reid Ewing … Ben Wegner
  • Will Denton … Adam Johnson
  • Sandra Vergara … Ginger
  • Emily Montague … Doris
  • Chris Sarandon … Jay Dee
  • Gracie Gillam … Bee (as Grace Phipps)
  • Chelsea Tavares … Cara – Amy’s Friend
  • Lisa Loeb … Victoria
  • Brian Huskey … Rick
  • Mike Miller … Store Guy (as Michael Miller)
  • Marya Beauvais … Mrs. Granada
  • Kent Kirkpatrick … Teacher
  • Arron Shiver … Cop #1
  • Rick A. Ortega Jr. … Cop #2 (as Rick Ortega)
  • Charlie B. Brown … Doctor (as Charlie Brown)
  • Rebekah Wiggins … Passing Nurse
  • Eb Lottimer … Adam’s Dad

Technical details:

106 minutes | 1.85: 1 | Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

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