Director: Craig Gillespie
Writers: Martin Noxin, Tom Holland
Starring: Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, David Tennant
I sometimes like to claim that I have a bizarre relationship with horror films. When I was a little ‘un, and our family would go to the video store, I would check to make sure no-one was watching, then sneak into the horror section and start checking out the covers. I wouldn’t actually watch one – not in a million years (well…12 to 15) – but the images on those boxes held a dread fascination. One such cover that I have always clearly remembered was the 1985 cult classic Fright Night.
I eventually did see the original and can certainly say that…I saw it…and…it’s got a memorable box cover. Oh! And Prince Humperdink’s in it!
I’m not gonna waste any space: I enjoyed this remake. I mean, really enjoyed it. And I don’t go to the flicks to see horror movies as a rule. I’m delicate that way. For much of the proceedings the tension is present; the mood is nicely set; where there are effects they aren’t very intrusive; and generally the performances are functional. But here’s where I get to gush a little bit. This movie is owned by Colin Farrell. This is not the first villain he’s played, and possibly not even the most colourful…
but as the Big Bad of this flick, he is clearly having the time of his life. And so was I. But it wasn’t just Farrell’s turn as the “Vampire-next-door” (that isn’t a spoiler) – when we finally get to meet David Tennant’s stage magician/rock star/relic hunter/vampire slayer…well, I might have wet my pants a little. Just a little.
Some have complained that the writers didn’t really know what they were doing with this character, but Tennant is having such a great time that it doesn’t matter so much. I’d probably agree – except that I’d say that I was having such a great time that I didn’t really care about it at all.
That’s not to say the writing was critic-proof or anything. Sure, there are flaws, but seriously: Isn’t it about time we just went to the flicks to have some fangs-out fun?
How to Enjoy it:
I’m gonna make this one a date night flick. If the lady’s into the gore, then you don’t need me to tell you how to have a good evening. If not, then you get to cuddle all night while she hides her eyes in your manly arms from the scary bits. Waitaminnit…
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Enjoyable)