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Fright Night
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 22 August 2011 11:44

Fright NightIn the midst of all the blood, “True Blood” and holy water, the garlic, the crosses, and oh yeah, the diamond-sparkled skin – it’s hard to believe there’s any room left in the crypt for another vampire. But move over Edward and Bill, and make room for Colin Farrell, the latest bloodthirsty vamp on the block. Fright Night, a remake of a 1985 horror movie, proves that we’ll never really get bored of the bloodsuckers.

Charley (Anton Yelchin) lives in a perfect suburban neighborhood outside of Vegas, and his life is finally falling into place the way he’s always wanted. He’s finally hanging with the cool kids at school, and he’s got the hottest girl in class on his arm. It seems like no big deal when kids in the neighborhood start disappearing from class, until his geeky ex-best friend Ed becomes one of the missing. All of a sudden Charley is forced to entertain Ed’s morbid claims that the friendly new neighbor is actually a vampire.

Jerry the vampireJerry (yes, that really is a terrible name for a vampire!) is a friendly night-construction worker who catches the eye of Charley’s single mother… and every other girl with a pulse. To coin a phrase, he’ll do anything with a heartbeat! Suddenly mom (Toni Collette) and girlfriend Amy (Imogen Poots) are in big trouble and Charley will have to start believing in order to stop Jerry the sexy vampire.

The vampire trend might be getting old faster than Dracula in sunlight, but Fright Night actually bleeds some new life into the vampire genre. This movie is fun, fun, fun! It boasts a sharp, funny script, good acting and vampires that are actually pretty damned scary!

altColin Farrell injects the perfect animalistic behaviors and alpha-male swagger into his performance. He eats up every moment of screen time, making Jerry a menacing and memorable new addition to the vampire lineup. All the other performances in the film are good as well with the perfect amount of humor.

My biggest complaint is that, yet again, we are being forced to pay higher ticket prices for an uncomfortable pair of 3D glasses that do nothing to enhance the film.


Directed by Craig Gillespie, Starring Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Chris Sarandon played the role of vampire Jerry in the 1985 original.

Colin Farrell will be appearing in a remake of Total Recall where he will be taking over the role formerly occupied by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Them's some BIG Austrian shoes for an Irish bad-boy to fill!