In 1985 a horror comedy came along. It was like none other of its time....Fright Night. About a boy who didn't believe his geeky friend that their was a vampire in the neighborhood. The rest was history.
|A vampire that eats apples.|
|Will Denton as Adam in the opening made me think of a straight edge Ed Furlong.-photo credit|
Granted, this version took the characters name and premise, but its definitely more than just a remake. First of all, there is a fantastic cast. Colin Farrell as Jerry the vampire definitely adds a certain chemistry to the movie. And what a performance! He is definitely the perfect Jerry. Sexy. Witty, and oh so wicked. There is Anton Yelchin showing what a believable teenager he is in his role as Charley Brewster. His Charley has some how landed an amazing girlfriend(Imogen Poots) who wants to be with him. But he still can't leave his old friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) behind. Ed tells him there are lot of kids not showing up at school. Their friend Adam is missing (Will Denton who definitely gives a surprising performance in the beginning of this movie). It isn't until Ed goes missing that Charley starts to wonder what's going on.
Of course, Charley's Mom (Toni Collette) doesn't quite understand what Charley is up too. She sees their neighbor Jerry as quite likeable and definitely available. The movie is full of suspense. There is a bit of predictability about it. Yet, Farrell's Jerry is one smooth operator and is definitely ready to chow down on his victims. Even scarier, is the traps Jerry sets in his house.
Finally, Charley goes to the so called Vampire hunter who turns out to be more of a Criss Angel type magician. Naturally, its David Tennant who gives quite a performance as Peter Vincent. Tennant is an amazing scene stealer and is fun to watch in this movie.
|If only these two, Dave & Chris had been in the movie more. Chris made a wonderful Evil Ed.|
Also Dave Franco is showing he's not just James Franco's little brother, anymore. He's definitely one to watch for this year in more movies. Of course, the film doesn't really show off its true horror until closer to the end. But the suspense definitely moves the movie along and Farrell's Jerry guides the way.
|Imogen and Anton|
Definitely a dark comedy, but Yelchin definitely gives it heart and that makes it worth the watch. Imogen Poots is definitely his equal. And its great to see Lisa Loeb as Ed's Mom, too.
|eye glasses and all, just a bit part but still perfect as Ed's Mom|
STORYLINE: A remake of the 1985 original, teenager Charley Brewster (Yelchin) guesses that his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Farrell) is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent (Tennant), a self proclaimed vampire killer and Las Vegas magician, to help him take down Jerry.