I went to the cinema to see the new Fright Night film this week. In a fiction world that is flooded with simpering emo vampires that don’t drink blood, sparkle in the sunlight and become stalker-ish over equally simpering teenage girls, it may be too easy to forget that vampires are menacing blood-sucking creatures, dangerous, calculating, manipulative predators and sometimes just plain evil.
The original Fright Night is a horror-comedy cult classic, arguably the best example of the bizarre fusing of two genres that shouldn’t work together. This reboot does the original proud. Colin Farrell is surprisingly menacing as Jerry in a role that is quite unlike anything he has done before. David Tennant, looking like Russell Brand but thankfully not playing camp, is amusing as Peter Vincent. Anton Yelchin, best known as Chekhov in the rebooted Star Trek is a good lead but suffers for being outplayed by everybody else. Even the typical fang-fodder bleach blond stripper is sympathetic. You feel for her when Charley discovers her locked away in Jerry’s house.
The cast gel well and the characters refreshingly normal for horror films, particularly the women. Imogen Poots is sweet and very likeable as Amy, Toni Collette is solid as Charlie’s mother and Sandra Vergara as Ginger (Peter’s girlfriend) has a small part but gets some of the best one-liners in the script. For a remake of a film that was arguably the first horror-comedy, it is surprisingly short of clichés and that is to the credit of the production staff, particularly the script writers.
What are you waiting for?! Go and see it!