Before I can go into a review of the new Fight Night film, I have to confess something… The original Fright Night is in my book a huge cult classic. William Ragsdale was great, Roddy McDowall, etc… I mean it was just such a fun flick. So, when I heard about the remake of Fright Night, at first I groaned, and then I saw the cast, Colin Farrell… Hmmm… Toni Collette… An Academy Award winner in Fright Night? Okay… Anton Yelchin… Loved him in Star Trek… Okay, I was officially excited…
Sitting in the theatre and putting on the 3D glasses, I tried to keep expectations low, this is not going to be able to hold a candle to the original, I mean that’s a film I grew up with… But I’m pleased to report that this Fright Night remake is a clever remaining of the original story without killing what made the classic so great.
The story is the same, new neighbor Jerry moves in next door and low and behold he’s a vampire! A vampire named Jerry, that’s so lame… says Charley Brewster. Nope, this Jerry… He’s… Well, he’s Colin Farrell oozing a sexy, creepy charm. Even though he’s been away from big budget Hollywood films lately, Colin Farrell doesn’t miss a beat here. He makes Jerry, sexy but scary at the same time. Really, it’s a great subtle performance in an unsubtle movie!
After his former friend Ed, who has been trying to convince Charley that there are vampires around him, goes missing Charley starts to believe there might be something going on, even warning his mother not to invite Jerry into the house. Here is where this Fright Night is different than the original, Charley and Evil Ed are actually friends in the original film, (In the novelization of the original Fright Night, it’s mentioned that they were former friends… Wow, I just said “in the novelization of the original Fright Night, consider my geek card punched!), and this time Charley’s mother played by Toni Collette gets a lot more screen time.
It doesn’t take a lot of time for craziness to ensue and now Charley must enlist the help of Peter Vincent played by Dr. Who’s David Tennant. Peter, in this version is a cross between Russell Brand and Elvira, and David Tennant is obviously enjoying chewing up the scenery. He’s over the top fun.
After failing to get Peter’s help David heads home barricades himself, his mother and girlfriend (Imogen Poots) in the house… This is where the action really picks up. Let’s just say Jerry knows about gas lines and cars. I won’t spoil Toni Collette’s awesome use of product placement for her big moment, but let’s just say it’s classic.
Overall, I really enjoyed this update, I thought it was fun, it kept to the cheesy goodness of the original, and even the use of the 3D was meant to be over the top. If you are a fan of horror and camp I would recommend this one!
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