Fright Night (2011)

Another vampire movie for you guys!
Fright Night (2011)
 Dir. Craig Gillespie
 Writ. Marti Noxon
 Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant
 Rated R
 106 mins.
 Horror, Comedy
 IMDB 6.4

Alright, so when I asked which movie to watch on Twitter, this movie or Thirst, this one won out because the one I had was the 2011 remake that starred the late Anton Yelchin. I can respect that. RIP, homie.

Okay! So Fright Night is about a high school student named Charley whose neighbor, Jerry, is most definitely a vampire. After his old friends got eaten by Jerry, it’s up to Charley to prove he’s a vampire and save his neighborhood. With the help of a Vegas performer named Peter Vincent who actually knows the dirt on vampires, Charley has to save his girlfriend and his mom and most of his neighborhood.

To start with, we have to address the sad, untimely passing of the star of this movie, Anton Yelchin. While this movie isn’t exactly the example of his talent that we know exists, he was an amazing actor who is greatly missed.

That said, Charley wasn’t the most likeable protagonist, let’s be real. From the beginning, we realize he’s one of those weird kids who got hot late in high school and became a massive doucher. Because of this, his old friends both get gotten by Jerry the Vampire, played by Colin Farrell, best known for… actually I can’t think of a single movie he’s been in and yet I’ve definitely seen at least four of them. What is he most well known for? I remember Alexander because he and Jared Leto’s magnificent eye-sex really stood out in an otherwise mediocre film. I remember In Bruges which was a really fucking over-rated movie, not gonna lie. Huh. I can’t think of anything else he’s been in. OH WELL, the point is, he was Jerry the Vampire here, and he was pretty good at being scary. He and David Tennant as the drunken crazy Vegas performer were the highlights of this movie. He was pretty creeptastic and David Tennant’s Peter Vincent was just really funny. Very hilarious.

Otherwise, there isn’t much to say about it. I’m not a fan of horror movies, so to me this was about the right level of scary. It wasn’t SCARY, but it was creepy. Also, it was a decent watch. I don’t regret spending the time to watch it. It was decently entertaining, so I would recommend it if you like vampires. The biggest losses are that the girlfriend was mostly unnecessary, which was annoying, and the mom was not in the story enough. I really liked his mom, and I wanted her in more than like 15 minutes of the movie. Also, his mom was played by Toni Collette, who was Mandy Slade in Velvet Goldmine which is one of my favorite movies. So I think it suffered greatly from a lack of her in it.

All in all, it was worth watching but it was nothing that special.

My Rating: 6/10


About J. Chelsea Williford

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