×

HORROR DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS

Search by title # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
FRIGHT NIGHT
Download Movie
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Craig Gillespie

Starring:
Anton Yelchin
Colin Farrell
and Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A teenager suspects his next-door neighbor is either a vampire or Colin Farrell.
Is it good movie?
So yet another 80s remake in the horror genre. Yep, another one. At this point, itís getting a little ridiculous, as it seems every month another remake is unleashed to the masses. This time up is the 1985 classic Fright Night, which somehow Iíve never actually seen. Iím not sure how I havenít, but whatever. Canít see everything. Anyway, in some ways not knowing the original makes for a better review. I canít compare it. I can only examine whatís on the 2011 screen. And in that sense, I like what I see.

Fright Night might not be the most original film, but damn if I didnít enjoy it. The cast is all game with Colin Farrell looking like he thoroughly enjoyed himself being a bloodsucker with a thing for younger victims. Itís been a while since Iíve seen him in a movie, and though heís not the first guy I would have thought for the role, he works as Jerry, the curious next door neighbor who happens to suck blood from the locals. The role is strictly surface level as thereís no attempt to give him depth or make him unique in a market overrun with vamps. Instead, itís just Colin smiling suspiciously and doing his best to look sinister. At least the film shows Jerry alone at home watching the Kardashianís and having a secret room where he keeps his feeding victims. That part works well and at least answers the question what he does in his spare time. Actually, now that I think about it, Christopher Mintz-Plasse notes his suspicions early on noting how many people have suddenly disappeared. His friend and our star, Anton Yelchin, explains it as being Las Vegas where people vanish all the time. However, itís a major plot hole that police are never involved. Donít the parents notice that teenagers are gone? Doesnít anyone care?

But that means a horror movie needs to make perfect sense. And thatís not the goal of Fright Night. Instead, it wants to show some blood, some boobs, and some camp. It does all three of those pretty damn well. Yelchin anchors the movie well, Mintz-Plasse has cornered the marketed on likeable nerds, and Farrell looks like he loved this paycheck.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.

Audio: Presented with the power of 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround.
The Extras
Deleted Scenes: Blu-Ray Exclusive. (My Blu-Ray would only play the DVD, so weíll assume these deleted scenes kicked ass).

Peter Vincent: Come Swim in My Mind Blu-Ray Exclusive and featuring our Van Helsing of the movie.

Official How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie Guide. Blu-Ray Exclusive.

Bloopers A short montage of the funny stuff. Actually, nothing too wild here, but these are always worth a glance.

Kid Cudi Video Who the hell is Kid Cudi? Kid Rockís cousin? (Actually I do know him).

Squid Man: Uncut A homemade movie featuring the stars engaging in nerd battle.
Last Call
I like this horror remake. It feels fresh and current even if it is a remake. Maybe Iíll change my mind when I finally get around to seeing the original. For now, this is quality horror entertainment.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Mistress Of The Week

More