Movie Review-Fright Night 2011

Coming out this Tuesday on blu ray and dvd

Talk about a cruel deck of cards delt to a film. When word first broke that there was a Fright Night remake coming, fans already had their minds set. And, then the casting choices of Colin Farrell as Jerry and Anton Yelchin as Charlie, before there was even a release date announced fans were already on any board they can get to, to post something negative about it. And, a few sites were guilty as well. As a horror fan I understand the hate of all these remakes..but to truly destroy the film before you even see a trailer or poster? The film came out in August to a theater run of 18.2 million dollars. All this went thru my mind when I put the blu ray in my player. After the film was over, I thought if this was named anything other than Fright Night, the fans would have liked it. I mean, comparing this to the original by Tom Holland it would be so easy to nit pick and totally dissect this film. But, on it’s own merits..the film was not that bad. We all know the story Charlie and his mom live next door to Jerry, who is new to the neighborhood. Charlie thinks Jerry is a vampire and sure enough he is right, and goes to Peter Vincent for help to kill the vampire.

Let’s start with the positives, Colin Farrell as Jerry was not as bad as I thought it would be. Now to compare him to Chris Sarandon, I mean Chris is a million times better. But, on his own merits as Jerry, Colin was not as bad as he could have been. And thank god, he did not go note for note trying to copy the original. Craig Gillespie whose previous works included Mr Woodcock, and Lars and The Real Girl really took some aspects of the original and put his own spin on it. This was not a shot by shot of the original, there was quite a few modifications. Like, one scene I thought was neat was how Jerry got Charlie, and his mom and girlfriend out of the house when they would not invite him in. And the chase scene that resulted after that, and how they tried to kill him. That was really well done and fun. Even the most jaded Fright Night fan would dig that scene for the blood and gore factor alone. This is not your mom’s Fright Night, they really turn on the blood and splatter, and kills. David Tennant as Peter Vincent was interesting..it was almost a cross between Russell Brand and the original’s Roddy McDowell. Peter provided most of the comic relief in this film. Then, you have Ed played by McLovin himself Christopher Mintz-Plasse who like Jonah Hill seems to play the same role film to film. This time, he has some of the best lines in the film, espically when he becomes a vampire and is trying to kill Charlie. I liked the storyline altered for this film. And for that I feel like if this was not called Fright Night, fans would have dug this film a lot more.

Now, the negatives. Anton playing Charlie. We all remember during Charlie Bartlett which was shelved for a few years..he was called the ” future” of the business. To me, he looked too old to play the role and his acting range is really so pathetic. He was not believable what so ever in the role and the scenes that involved his mom Toni Collette and Colin, he was overacting just trying to keep up with their dialogue. It was bad. The vampire transformation on Colin was unforgivable. It looked more like a sick werewolf. Now, I know people will say the transformations in the original was bad as well, but look at how far we have come in what 26 years…and the budget for this film. They could have done a lot better. The other negative was the cultural references. They have a Twilight line in this film that is so bad, you just want to think…why try and cash in on the popularity of that franchise. And, cell phones are not used when Jerry is trying to kill you? They all proved they had cell phones but they never used them.

As a whole, Fright Night is a decent popcorn flick. Now, it would be cool just to get it..and go back to back with the original which I should have done. This was supposed to be Colin’s comeback film, and in all rights, he was not the bad part to this film. And showed he still has the acting chops to do big budget films. I am on the fence as to what I should rate it, because I know there was a lot of bad to this film, but in all fairness, there was a lot of good to this film. I would watch it again, and they really put a lot of special stuff on the blu ray to recommend any fan of this genre to buy it.

7 out of 10

3-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray 3D + 1 Blu-ray + 1 DVD with Digital Copy) Special Features
• Gag Reel (unrated)
• Kid Cudi Music Video (uncensored version) – “No One Believes Me”
• Squid Man – Extended & Uncut
• Peter Vincent: Swim Inside My Mind
• The Official “How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie” Guide
• Frightful Facts & Terrifying Trivia
• 5 Deleted Scenes with intros by Director Craig Gillepsie (Ride to School; *Neighborly; Once A Freak, Always A Freak; Midori & Kerosene; and Back at the Penthouse)
2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray + 1 DVD) Special Features

• Gag Reel (unrated)
• Kid Cudi Music Video (uncensored version) – “No One Believes Me”
• Squid Man – Extended & Uncut
• Peter Vincent: Swim Inside My Mind
• The Official “How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie” Guide
• Frightful Facts & Terrifying Trivia
• 5 Deleted Scenes with intros by Director Craig Gillepsie (Ride to School; *Neighborly; Once A Freak, Always A Freak; Midori & Kerosene; and Back at the Penthouse)
1-Disc DVD (1 DVD) Special Features

• Gag Reel (unrated)
• Kid Cudi Music Video (uncensored version) – “No One Believes Me”
• Squid Man – Extended & Uncut
Digital (3D, High Definition & Standard Definition) Special Features

• Gag Reel (unrated)
• Kid Cudi Music Video (uncensored version) – “No One Believes Me”
• Squid Man – Extended & uncut
• Live in Las Vegas: An Interview with Peter Vincent
• The Official “How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie” Guide