Fright Night was probably the biggest surprise of the year so far. I was not expecting much at all from this film, I honestly went and saw it because of pure boredom and no idea of what else to do. Maybe the reason I had liked the film as much as I did because it was such a surprise, but that can never be proven and where it stands right now, I had one hell of a time at the movies when I saw Fright Night.
Let me preface the rest of this review by saying that no I have not seen the original Fright Night. I’ve heard mixed reviews based around the idea that this new one is actually better or ten times worse so I guess I’ll just have to see for myself one day. This film is about a high school student with a good mom, an attractive girlfriend and rising popularity. This new found happiness and his life are put in danger when a vampire moves next door.
Corny right? I know. Who cares? That’s what I say. Fright Night was a blast from start to finish. Fright Night is not some brilliant modern horror film, it wasn’t even that great of a movie. I will however gladly own this movie when it comes out and watch it over and over again. It’s nice to just sit back, relax and have fun once in a while. In Fright Night, you get a great blend of comedy, horror and action making it a whole lot of fun.
Where this movie about a vampire who lives next door has its fair share of camp, it actually does have its fair share of surprisingly intense scenes. Anton Yelchin played his part, David Tennant was extremely enjoyable every moment he was on screen, but the biggest positive here was Colin Farrell as the awesome vampire, Jerry. I’ve really grown to like him since In Bruges and he’s fantastic in this. You can really tell he’s just having a blast.
It really could nitpick all day, but I won’t because I had a great time. The biggest negative here would probably be in the part that Christopher Mintz-Plasse played. I just wasn’t entertained by his character, the way it was played and the scenes he was in. Hey, who cares? At the end of the day, Fright was a great time at the theater.