'Fright Night' Has Some Fright, Lots Of Funny
The remake of this 1985 cult classic hits the mark.
Shove off, Edward Cullen. Go drink some synthetic blood, Anna Paquin’s boyfriend. I’ve never seen “Dark Shadows,” but with a name like Barnabas Collins, I feel confident in saying, take a hike, Barney.
Colin Farrell is officially the most smokin’ (and psychotic) vampire EVER. He also proves once and for all that being scary isn’t about being loud and screechy; it’s about smoldering.
“Fright Night” is the billionth remake this summer; the original being a 1985 cult classic starring Prince Humperdinck – I mean – Chris Sarandon, as “Jerry,” the vampire. And it wasn’t one I was particularly thrilled to see. Cheesy horror movie? Pass.
The story follows Las Vegas high school dweeb turned Big Man on Campus Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), who, upon the insistence of a recently castoff friend, Ed, begins to suspect that his new neighbor, Jerry, may be a bloodthirsty demon. Charley laughs off his one-time best-bro, and the decision proves to be one with lasting consequences.
Shaken, Charley comes home to find Jerry waiting for him. Can he borrow a six-pack? The beer hand-off becomes a test of sorts, and as the evening progresses, the teen begins to give a little more thought to Ed’s theories and vampire lore in general.
Proof: 1. No reflection. Ok, that’s a pretty good one. 2. Only comes out at night. Hm. It is Vegas. 3. Super hot. Makes total sense to me.
Convinced of Jerry’s deadliness, Charley vows to protect his mom (Toni Collette) and teenage dream girlfriend, Amy (Imogen Poots – her real name) from the predator and recruits mystical magician and performer Peter Vincent in the process. Aside from Farrell’s blood-chilling turn as the ancient vampire, David Tennant steals the show as the duplicitous Vincent.
Tennant’s cheeky camp was a perfect example and what makes this movie tick: Humor. YES. Who knew? “Fright Night” is much less a scream-a-minute slasher film, and much more a smart, tongue-in-cheek, popcorn romp that knows when to freak you out and when to make you giggle.
All in all, a delightful way to spend a Saturday night.
Catch it at the Regal Cinemas in Northampton Crossings in 3-D at 1:50 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. or 10:35 p.m.