Saturday, 3 September 2011

Fright Night (2011)

Running Time: 106 mins
Directed By: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, Dave Franco
Screenplay: Marti Noxon, Tom Holland
UK Release Date: UK - 2nd September

Quick Plot: Charley Brewster's life couldn't get much better, he has a nice bond with his single Mother, nice home, a new gang of cooler friends and the hottest girlfriend but when mysterious and hunky Jerry moves in next door, things start to get a little frightening. Charley realises his neighbour is a vampire, but will anyone believe him?

Review: Vampire films, books and TV shows aren't exactly uncommon in the world today, but Fright Night goes back to the famous ways with the creatures with a little more horror than Twilight or The Vampire Diaries. I'm not a horror fan at all so, you guessed it, the cast drew me to Fright Night along with the small comedy hybrid but I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would, even if I was frightened to the extreme.
As Fright Night starts it jumps right into the main plot, with disappearances and attacks in the local town which you obviously realise is down to Charley's strange new neighbour. After that it's more of a waiting game, letting the film continue with a little scares and the majority of the film's comedy until the long chase and battle scenes between Charley and Jerry. Once the story's at this point it's exciting, scary and quite enthralling. It's very dark and the screenplay is very carefully thought out which I believe is one of the reasons it the film works well collectively. The comedy covers for about one fifth of the film and it's mostly in the first 30 minutes, after that, with the odd joke here and there, it's a scary and tense cat and mouse chase.
The film is released in 3D with very few 2D showings across the country and after seeing it I understand why. I don't usually opt for 3D films, I find it depends on the look and quality trailer, but being filmed in with a 3D camera and not later converted, Fright Night is an extremely good 3D film. Without it, the film would have been less scary. With dozens of objects flying, blood 'splashing' and smoke and ash surrounding you it's scary and mostly the reason I jumped out of my seat.
Other than the horror being daunting, Fright Night is pretty much a great film because of the truly talented cast. Colin Farrell's sexy vampire Jerry is extremely intimidating and frightening. His sinister actions and body movement is enough to make you jump every now and then but it's no surprise he played the role perfectly. After Star Trek and Terminator Salvation in 2009 I was fully certain Anton Yelchin is one of the best younger actors in Hollywood and after this I still believe it.
He plays the common teenager and still gets away with it but his work is expanding and he's a lot different than most actors his age. He has different roles each time and his fine work continues to grow. I loved his character of Charley Brewster, the nerdy dweeb turned cool kid because of his girlfriend's status, as it's extremely relatable because of Yelchin. Toni Collette as Charley's Mum is, as always good, similarly with Imogen Poots as Charley's girlfriend Amy. Like most of his roles, Christopher Mintz-Plasse is the teenage nerd which you've got to admit he nails perfectly and adds the comedy, but later on he breaks out of it just a little, still packed with comedy but expands. As much as Tennant's character as the great wacky magician Peter Vincent seems to be funny at first glance, the jokes are merely him swearing and drinking. Although that works well, it's nothing incredible.

Fright Night lives up to its title of being extremely frightening with a few giggles here and there. Effects are satisfactory and compliments the 3D very well. However it's mostly a cast film with a great performance by Farrell and Yelchin with a fair one by Tennant.


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