There’s no shortage of Vampire films of late so a remake of an older film about Vampires taking over a sleepy town on the outskirts of Las Vegas is a bold move. But with a cast of Colin Farrell, David Tennant and Superbad’s McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) as well as some cool 3D special effects, Fright Night attempts to stake its place (bad pun, sorry!) amongst the crowd.
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Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) is a regular High School kid with regular troubles. Keeping his newly found ‘cool image’ intact with his girlfriend Amy (Imogen Poots) and geeky friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) badgering him about urban myth horror stories and strange disappearances in the neighbourhood. When Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door to Charley and gets chatty with his mom (Toni Collette) and strange things start to happen, Ed’s urban myth stories don’t seem so far fetched.

After doing some snooping around Jerry’s house and finding a secret section where the neighbourhood hottie is locked away to be kept as a snack to satisfy Jerry’s bloody thirst, Charley seeks help on how to kill a Vampire from the Las Vegas showman, Peter Vincent (David Tennant) who styles his show on the supernatural and a self-assured expert in all things spooky and scary.

There’s plenty of comedy in Fright Night especially from McLovin, sorry – Ed, and the brilliant David Tennant who will please Doctor Who fans with the familiar accent and flamboyant movements. Colin Farrell is convincing as a cool, calm vampire who you can’t quite trust no matter how nice he appears to be (or look, for the female audience).
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The main downfall for Fright Night is that its all been done before – not just because it is a remake but mostly in that there’s nothing really new. The 3D effects are good – the odd rogue item being throw directly at the screen and the gory blood splashing out at the audience. But the story is so-so with a number of cliche’s.

We were entertained for the duration of Fright Night so its unfair to say we didn’t like it – we did feel slightly let down despite the smatterings of laughing out loud. Good, but sadly nothing to get us too enthusiastic about.

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