Monday, 5 September 2011

Fright Night 3D

As with my previous blog I have to start off with what now appears to be my usual disclaimer that I have not watched the original film.  This weeks remake is Fright Night and due to lack of choice it was Fright Night 3D

PLOT:  Charley (Anton Yelchin) is a reformed nerd now dating the high school hottie Amy (Imogen Poots).  Charley’s new found status is interrupted when his ex BFFF Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) begins to suspect that Charley’s next door neighbour is a vampire.  Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a vampire.  Budweiser.  Charley seeks the help of Peter Vincent (David Tennant) a local magician/vampire slayer. Charley wears puce shoes.  David Tennant is possessed by the spirit of Jack Sparrow.  Budweiser.  Charley tries to stake Jerry.  Apparently there is 3D.  A vampire film not directed by Guillermo del Toro can be interesting.  END PLOT

The plot is fine and surprisingly engaging.  Some of the exchanges between Ed and Charley over vampire pop culture are worryingly similar to conversations I have had myself. 

The story moves relatively quickly however it fails to play up the suspense of whether or not Jerry is a vampire therefore losing some of its edge.

I am grateful that Shia LaBeouf can no longer play a teenager as he surely would have gotten the role of Charley and killed the film.  Luckily Anton Yelchin is very likeable and carries the lead role well.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s career is ticking over nicely and very soon he will graduate to college comedy and the next phase of his side-kick typecast career.

After David Tennant calms down he is fun and Colin Farrell eye-fucks his way through proceedings with ease.

The action scenes are quite basic however this suits the old school feel of the film.  The 3D is pretty much non-existent and was very poor to the extent that the film looked blurry and out of focus in parts.  There were a few decent 3D moments after some random vampires were staked but overall the this aspect of the film was underwhelming and unnecessary although this could be said for pretty much any 3D film.

The trailer for Fright Night looked fun but as vampires are not my genre I wasn’t sure how much I would like the film.  It turns I was pleasantly surprised as the film turned out to be very enjoyable and gets a decent 7.5/10 - I will bet getting it on dvd when it is released.

It turns out if vampires have a little more smoulder and a lot less sparkle I can get on board. 

*short sweet and more half assed than usual but I don’t care – back to the Sons of Anarchy I go*


  1. I think I could too. I'm more into zombies, witches, and hunters. Great combo, huh? Good review.

  2. Vampires are too pretty and well preened to be interesting!

    Thank you for reading!

    K :-)

  3. Doesn't it bug you when there is no choice what so ever but to pay extra for 3-D?? I faced that last week with final Destination was that or nothing. But unlike FN the 3-D was absolutely amazing and was genuine comin' at ya 3-D and not that lame stuff masquerading s it.
    I like the original FN and saw it in the dark ages when I was a teen! But as a horror is wasn't very scary and the special effects haven't dated well in it. I'm actually looking forward to this as the cast is good and vampires can be cool when done right.

  4. Nice short and sweet write up of a fun little little flick. A real shame that you were forced to watch it in 3D, I watched it in 2D and could tell the 3D looked horrible.

    Films that mostly occur in the dark shouldn't be shot in 3D, just doesn't work.

  5. Brent: Fright Night is most definitely worth a look. If you can avoid the 3D.

    Daniel: Never thought about darker films and 3D! This is the darkest 3D film I suppose I have seen as it mostly takes place at night (as you would expect being vampires and all).