04 December 2012

Film: Fright Night (2011)

Thoughts: I fucking love a film that is completely aware of what it is, and what it is trying to do. Big budget, small budget, huge cast, no cast, foreign or right next door. Any genre. Any year. As long as you understand the limits of what you're making, and have no illusions about what you're going to end up with, you have my vote. Fright Night knows exactly what it is. And it does what it does with style, strength and general awesomeness.

From imdb:
"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."

All the actors have fun with it, and the script is tight and sharp. The action is awesome, the pacing dead on, the direction exceptional and out of the box, and the ideas behind the various moments throughout the film are very inspired. I can't ask anything more from a film.

Colin Farrell is an inspired choice for the head vampire, and his performance is a whole mess of fun. He smirks and leers, slides and saunters. He flirts and growls and snaps and hisses and, god it's great fun to watch. I especially love the scene where our main kid has just become aware that he can't come into the house, and Jerry the vampire so desperately, desperately wants to get inside. Ah, so much slime and ew! Like the creepiest stalker you've ever seen. And David Tennant provides the best evidence to hire trained actors to play Russell Brand, as opposed to hiring Russell Brand to play Russell Brand. His self-centred nature and comic timings are hilarious and fun.

The events that transpire in the film are fun and well thought out, and the actions that characters take even threw me off my game. People both good and bad make decisions that I would never have thought of, and to great effect. Action scenes are inspired and filled with great direction and camerawork, and constantly laced through with humour.

My only gripe really would be with the kinda shoddy CG, but really, why poke sticks at that. They worked with what they had.

Seriously, fans of horror and comedy should check this out. I had a really, REALLY great time with this. Love a blind buy that works out!


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