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Fright Night
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12.23.2011 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Craig Gillespie

Actors:
Colin Farrell
Anton Yelchin
Imogen Poots

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A high student (Yelchin) discovers his new neighbor (Farrell) is a vampire and enlists his girlfriend (Poots) and a TV magician David Tennant) to help stop the man's thirst for blood.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Vampires are back in style and so it only made sense that Tom Holland’s genre classic Fright Night was remade and modernized--especially since it’s about 15 years older than Twilight’s core audience.

Set within a small, confined development outside of the Las Vegas strip, Craig Gillespie’s Fright Night sees a new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell, as sexy as any modern vampire), moving to town about the same time some of the locals start vanishing.

There’s really no mystery for the audience as to whether Jerry’s a vampire since the trailers told us he is. But high schooler Charley (Anton Yelchin) is skeptical, unconvinced on the cause of the disappearances until he watches a recording his newly missing friend (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) made to prove his theory that, despite such a boring name, Jerry is indeed a bloodsucking creature of the night. That would explain all of the hissing and growling at the sunlight.

Unable to convince his mother (Toni Collette), Charley and his girlfriend (Imogen Poots) enlist the aid of Peter Vincent (David Tennant), a magician/vampire expert/“master of dark forces” who has made millions off of mythic believers. (He was a retired B-movie actor, played by Roddy McDowall, in the original.)

Gillespie and the team do a fine job balancing both paying tribute to the original and updating it for today’s crowd. While he maintains the R rating to keep the blood level high and keeps with the idea of mixing horror and comedy, the movie takes a jab at Stephanie Meyer’s series/fans and hops on the 3D bandwagon to liven up the movie. (It should be noted that the extra dimension does more to strengthen the box office numbers than it does the scares and laughs.)

Twilight teenies, meet your boyfriend’s vampire movie. You’ll be watching it this weekend since you made him sit through eight hours of Bella, Edward and Jacob.
THE EXTRAS
This three-disc edition includes a Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and a DVD/Digital Copy.

Peter Vincent: Come Swim in My Mind (2:09): In this brief piece, Vincent (played by David Tennant) discusses his Fright Night program.

The Official “How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie” Guide (8:04): This featurette uses interviews and clips to touch on the cast (notably Colin Farrell), vampire legends, the movie’s approach to vampires, blood and gore, and more.

Deleted & Extended Scenes (4:51): There are five here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole: “Ride to School,” “Neighborly,” “Once a Freak, Always a Freak,” “Midori & Kerosene,” and “Back at the Penthouse.”

Squid Man: Extended & Uncut (2:56): This is a lengthened version of Charley and Ed’s backyard video that was featured in Fright Night.

There are also Bloopers (3:23) and a Music Video for Kid Cudi’s “No One Believes Me.”
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Craig Gillespie’s Fright Night remake won’t garner the following 1985’s original has, but it doesn’t really deserve it, either. While it does have some fun in blending horror and comedy and may be the movie guys show their Twilight-loving girlfriends as payback, the movie lacks the genuine humor and scares that made Tom Holland’s version so enjoyable and memorable. The transfers are very good, so fans will have a great time experiencing Fright Night with all of the lights off.
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