‘Fright Night’ DVD Review

Director: Craig Gillespie

Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, David Tennant

Plot: Charlie is going about his standard issue teenage life when it is brought to his attention that the charming new neighbour is actually a vampire with designs to start a new tribe.

Review: Marti Noxon. That there is the reason why I was willing to watch yet another pointless remake of a generic 1980s horror film selling itself mostly on brand recognition. Noxon used to be co-producer on the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and wrote some awesome episodes including ‘What’s My Line?’, ‘The Wish’, ‘The Prom’, ‘Forever’ and others. All of them are smart, funny and entertaining modern vampire stories. So when I found out that this smart, funny and entertaining modern vampire story had been penned by Noxon, I figured it was worth a shot.

This is not movie that takes itself seriously, and nor should you. If it wasn’t already obvious from Doctor Who being cast as a drunk, leather-clad, foul mouthed stage magician, you’ll soon see that everyone just seems to be having themselves a good time acting out their scenes. Colin Farrell in particular seems to be taking relish in playing the vampire-next-door and is very obviously taking the piss out of Robert Pattison. The scenes involving apples are so clearly put in the film so Farrell take make fun of the Twilight vampires again and again.

Except Edward was never this awesome.

The movie as a whole plays fast and loose with the conventions of the genre, playing off them just as often as it adheres to them. The tongue-in-cheek manner is fun and is apparent enough to see it for what it is without ever falling into the realm of parody. This isn’t a movie that is trying to ‘re-imagine’ an out-dated film but one that is almost celebrating the era of video nasties which has had a lasting impact on the horror genre.

Sometimes the special effects are looking a bit dated and being so formulaic means that there’s little that you won’t see coming, but for an easy, entertaining night in it’s worth the price.

Score: SEVEN outta TEN

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